Nashville, TN (October 23, 2014)—The Grand Ole Opry recently purchased a Harman Studer Vista 9 digital console for its broadcast services and a Studer Vista 5 M2 as its new FOH console.
With shows on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House (including occasional back-to-back shows on Fridays and Saturdays), the Opry’s technical staff operates at a hectic pace. For its broadcast and post production work, the Opry chose a Studer Vista 9 digital console.
“We have been digital for a long time on the broadcast side, but we went with the Vista 9 because it was purpose-built for live broadcast and post,” said King Williams, broadcast engineer, who mixes the live radio broadcasts and handles the post-production work, while also remixing performances for the Opry’s marketing department to utilize. “Having the automation capability for both broadcast and post is important.”
The FOH console at the Opry is a Studer Vista 5 M2 console, which features a TFT metering system capable of displaying signal levels from mono through to 5.1 channels on each input, with a configurable lower area which can be used to display bus assignments, surround images or the unique History Mode. Metering for “layer 2” signals can also be viewed, while the Control Bay screen can be used to provide configurable user pages with up to 40 meters.
“We are working with 96 inputs and the Vista 5 M2 is set up on four banks of 10 on the top and six layers deep,” said Tommy Hensley, FOH Engineer for the Opry. “I use three of those banks for inputs and a VCA in the middle. The console is very easy for me to navigate and I love the meter board. Being able to see the history right in front of me is a huge advantage. It’s a great console and easy to operate.”