Hertfordshire, U.K. (November 26, 2008)–Designed principally as an educational tool, Southampton Solent University’s fully equipped HD OB vehicle, outfitted with a Soundcraft Vi6 digital console, is often rented for events around the U.K.
The truck was built by Total Audio Solutions, and is designed to act as a scanner, providing both multi-channel audio recording and mixing and multi-camera video. It supports the media courses at Southampton Solent University, which include BSc Outside Broadcasting, BSc Audio Technology, BSc Media Technology and BSc Sound Engineering,
According to the program leader for the entertainment technology program, Dr. Chris Barlow, “The fact that it shares a considerable amount of its technology with the Studer Vista is obviously great, as it means that the audio quality is superb, and the Vistonics screens make it one of the most user-friendly desks around. We also love the convenience of the remote Stagebox, as it gets rid of having to carry miles of analog multicore.”
“One of our main concerns”, reports Barlow, “is for students to get hands-on, practical experience during the course, working in real world situations using professional equipment. The outside broadcast truck has helped us considerably expand our program of practical activity. We film and record a large variety of events throughout the year, from very small local events to major national ones.
“For audio, the Soundcraft Vi6 is linked by a MADI interface to a Pyramix Digital Audio Workstation along with outboard audio processors, CD recorders and Das and a 5.1 surround sound monitoring system, enabling the van to record up to 64 simultaneous audio channels, and distribute the mix around the truck to multiple VTRs. The video capability is built around a Panasonic AV-HS400 HD vision mixer, a Sony Anycast, Sony DXC-55 system cameras and Panasonic HVX-200 camcorders, so we can record both HD and SD video.”