Prague, Czech Republic (July 31, 2009)–Private station TV Prima, the third largest in the Czech Republic, has replaced a failing analog desk with a digital Studer Vista 5.
Czech sound engineers who regularly migrate between the public TV network and commercial stations are accustomed to working on Studer consoles wherever they go. Station owner Prima TV Holding Company (a 50/50 partnership between Czech investment group GES Holding and Scandinavian Modern Times Group) therefore backed a proposal to upgrade to a Studer Vista 5.
“It helped that the engineers could make a seamless transfer, because the upgrade decision had to be made quickly,” reports Libor Havlicek of Auditech, Studer’s Prague-based distributor. “It had reached the point where on some occasions, primetime news was being broadcast without sound!”
The new Vista 5 is located in the main control room, which connects to two studios, with the main news, all sport events and even popular game shows mixed to air using the Vista 5. TV Prima also owns the exclusive rights to the British Premier League, which requires the most complex system configuration, with all sends and returns compressed in two layers on the desk, and four live studio mics for inter-match studio debates.
The new console draws on mainly analogue sources, feeds and returns. “Since the Vista 5 is used for home production as well, there are some 12 portable microphones connected to the matrix,” Havlicek explains. “The two studios have all their microphones wired to Ghielmetti patch bays which are also connected to the Vista system 5.”
Studer’s 32-fader Vista 5 consists of 20 channel strips, optimized for input channel operation, and 12 additional versatile strips for operating output and input channels. By using the standard Vistonics screen, up to 52 outputs are under immediate control. A total of up to 240 channels can be accessed from the desk and laid out in any order, with the Vistonics system, giving control over all related channel functions.