Studio Tech Connects OB Comms

Observe Outside Broadcast's fleet of remote trucks is using the Studio Technologies Model 46 to interface its 4-wire truck comms to the crew's 2-wire beltpacks.
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Dublin, Ireland (June 28, 2012)—Observe Outside Broadcast's fleet of remote trucks is using the Studio Technologies Model 46 to interface its 4-wire truck comms to the crew's 2-wire beltpacks.

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The Observe fleet of OB vans consists of the flagship HD1 high/standard definition truck, capable of fielding 25 cameras; the HD2 high/standard definition truck, offering eight camera capabilities and the SS3 standard definition truck, which supports 22 cameras. The trucks cover sports events that include RBS 6 Nations Rugby and international soccer games. Studio Technologies Model 46 units were chosen to interface between the existing 4-wire, 96-port RTS Telex matrix systems found in each truck and the remote 2-wire beltpacks carried by crew members.

"The HD1 is the only OB truck in Ireland integrated around 5.1 and Dolby E, receiving full Dolby approval, so it is very much in demand," says Alan Burns, managing director for Observe. "As we are so busy, we are always on the lookout for equipment that helps us streamline our operations, because you only get one chance at a live event to do things right. At NAB 2011, we literally stumbled upon the Studio Technologies booth, liked what we saw and purchased one Model 46. Once in service, everyone liked how the unit worked so much that we never looked back. We now have two Model 46 units in HD1, and one each in the HD2 and SS3 OB vans. The Model 46 helps us to solve problems in the field and delivers excellent audio quality."

"The Model 46 has the unique advantage of being able to supply DC power directly to the beltpacks," explains Burns. "With our original 2- to 4-wire system, we had an interface unit and a DC power unit. Both units used mains power to run and took up more space, two important items for an OB van. The Model 46 is capable of running with either wet or dry external signals, is seamlessly compatible with our RTS and Techpro beltpacks and the automatic nulling function is quite good."

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