Norcross, GA & Munich, Germany (July 5, 2006)–To provide play-by-play commentary, analysis and pre- and post-game coverage live from Germany during the 2006 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, XM Satellite Radio and Futbol de Primera (FDP) are relying on digital broadcast technology from Klotz Digital.
All of the Radio and TV broadcasts during the month-long event are generated from the International Media Center (IMC) located on the grounds of the New Trade Fair Center in Munich/Germany.
“Due to strict guidelines, the studio had to be implemented in a very tight time frame just a week before the event,” commented Jaime E. Colon, XM Satellite Radio’s director of field broadcast operations. “While Klotz Digital Audio Systems Inc. did all the planning in the U.S.A., we received first class support from the parent company, located just around the corner of the IMC in Germany during the installation. It was half the battle that the two subsidiaries were well-rehearsed on our project.”
In total a main control room, two continuity studios and two speaker rooms for the Spanish and the English language broadcast teams were installed at the IMC. The two continuity studios were equipped with identical 16 fader AEON consoles. One Vadis 880 master and two slave Vadis 210 audio engines are used as console audio frames as well as central DSP and audio router with integrated level meter, EQ, gain and DYN.
Each guest microphone installed in the speaker rooms has a cough button tied into the Vadis 880 engine via GPI. Furthermore a third-party production console located in a separate production studio is linked to the router. All areas are interconnected via multi-channel fiber optic cables. Additionally, eight mono and four stereo feeds come from the different stadiums to the router providing maximum flexibility and full control of the broadcast signal.