Sochi, Russia (February 19, 2014)—NBCSN’s equipment complement in Sochi for NBC Olympics includes three new Merging Technologies Ovation systems and three new Horus units.
An early adopter, NBCSN previously ordered four Ovation systems and four Horus units for its Sports Center in Stanford, CT.
At the Olympics, the Ovation/Horus set is connected to Calrec Artemis consoles via AES/EBU, with the dedicated keyboard controller located next to the console surface. The primetime show’s theme music is cued on Ovation with a live voice-over channel and bumpers in and out of the commercial breaks. Any stings or highlight music cues are also pre-configured in Ovation and fired from the keypad when needed.
Avallon, Merging resellers for Russia, supplied the audio installation for the main Fischt Arena, where the opening ceremony took place. Horus units were deployed to handle additional input signals and routing between the different systems. In this case, Horus was connected to a Stagetec Nexus via MADI and the audio was controlled by a Stagetec Auratus-24 located high up in the stadium to give the operators a view of the arena.
According to Sergey Vashchenko, Avallon’s president, “This is an extremely good product. We have now specified Horus for several football stadiums for the 2018 World Cup which is taking place in our country.”