Simon Roome, Studer (left) and Quentin Howard, SSVC (right).
Chalfont Grove, U.K. (May 12, 2015)—Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) has selected Harman’s Studer OnAir 1500 hybrid broadcast and production console for its global chain of smaller BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) radio stations.
SSVC’s headquarters at Chalfont Grove in Buckinghamshire is home to seven newly refurbished digital radio studios which run on a completely AoIP Livewire core, connecting through MPLS and Vsat contribution links to its other radio studios. At the heart of the BFBS Radio operation are three core music and speech radio networks heard in over 23 countries worldwide via 70 FM transmitters, via satellite reception and internet streaming. These are supplemented by a network of local BFBS stations in eight overseas locations and a further 10 community radio stations on U.K. military bases, where many of the OnAir 1500s are destined.
The first order for seven of the Studer 12-channel/12-fader desks was confirmed by Quentin Howard, SSCV director of television and technology, with consoles destined for the U.K., followed by Germany and Gibraltar.
Unhappy with manufacturing quality and support of an earlier IP mixing desk solution for their community stations, SSVC searched for alternatives and met Studer at the IBC Show in Amsterdam last September. Howard’s team, including broadcast engineers Jonathan Blacknell and Martin Bowd, and regional general manager Nick Beer, had already conducted their own research, and Howard’s senior project manager had been heavily involved in the Studer installations at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House in London and MediaCityUK, Salford studios.
“We liked the design of the Studer OnAir 1500 kit—it’s compact, offers a lot of functionality in a minimum footprint, is extremely flexible and durable and everything plugs in with a single RJ45,” says Howard. “Another pleasing aspect is the surprisingly competitively price, but also that Studer’s manufacturing and support center is only half an hour away, and that’s a big comfort factor.”