New York City (April 1, 2005)–Celebrity, All Mobile Video’s 53-foot triple expando mobile unit, carried the distinction of being the first fully digital (SDI video, AES audio) production truck in the United States when it was built in 1998. Now, seven years later, Manhattan-based AMV has upgraded the vehicle’s video facilities to high definition and added a Studer Vista 8 digital audio console, which notably marks the 100th model of the Vistonics-based desks sold worldwide.
At over eight feet wide, AMV’s new console is also the largest Vista 8 ever assembled by the manufacturer, comprising 50 input faders, a 10-fader master section and remote 10-fader input bay, in addition to an extensive outboard Studer DSP rack. The frame was customized to fit within the tight confines of the truck by Boulevard Body Works of Warren, NJ. Thanks to the new desk, Celebrity is now easily able to handle even the most demanding surround sound broadcast and recording requirements.
According to AMV director of mobile operations Lee Blanco, who is stationed at the company’s vehicle depot in Lodi, NJ, the Vista 8’s comprehensive redundancy was a primary reason for selecting the console. “Our desk has a fully redundant control system with all current console settings mirrored from the primary system, which means that in the unlikely event of a control system problem, we can switch to the backup system and transparently restore to the most recent desk settings. Seeing that Celebrity is frequently used for live broadcasts, this capability was vital in ensuring uninterrupted operation and gave us guaranteed peace of mind.
“We also greatly appreciate the functionality of the board; it’s very versatile and the unique Vistonics interface makes operation extremely intuitive.”
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