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BNY Makes Waves with At-Home Setup

BNY Productions, which provides production services for U.S. political rallies and speeches, is using the Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer and Waves plug-ins as part of an at-home broadcast production workflow for a notable client.

Ben Kristijanto (left) and Bill Kristijanto (right), owners of BNY Productions
Ben Kristijanto (left) and Bill Kristijanto (right), owners of BNY Productions

Knoxville, TN (July 23, 2020) — BNY Productions, which provides production services for U.S. political rallies and speeches, is using the Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer and Waves plug-ins as part of an at-home broadcast production workflow for a notable client.

“We were out on the road with a client, using the Waves eMotion LV1 mixer and also supplying video, lighting, staging, and room accessories such as stanchion, flags, pipe and drape, and more,” recalls Bill Kristijanto, co-owner of BNY Productions, which is headquartered in Sioux City, IA. “However, due to COVID-19, the client had to stop doing all live events. They came to us for a solution to be able to do broadcast, without a crew in the room. Subsequently, we needed to build a TV/broadcast studio that was able to handle the client’s needs, such as phone interviews, podcast, video conferencing, direct-to-camera recording, live network TV interviews and live virtual events, while being controlled/produced off site.”

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He adds, “To clarify, the only person accompanying the client is his personal assistant, so everyone else — the audio engineer, lighting engineer, video engineer, shader, producers, and everything in-between — is off-site and in a different state. To make things a little more complicated, the client has a team of people who are involved in producing/directing the events who are scattered in different states, and they too need to monitor the feed at near-zero latency.”

He continues, “Little did we know that our decision to move to the eMotion LV1 in 2016 was the best choice we could have made for a situation such as this, and today we own 10 Waves eMotion LV1 mixers. We are now able to easily remote into the mixer from states away. This is definitely a feature that wouldn’t be as easy to do with any other console on the market. The LV1’s strengths and capabilities continue to reaffirm that we made the right decision four years ago.”

The Control Studio at BNY’s headquarters includes two SoundGrid Extreme Server-Cs and an Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II 8×8+8MP. The client’s Remote Studio includes two SoundGrid Extreme Server-Cs and 3 DiGiGrid IOX I/O interfaces. The Remote Studio audio signal chain starts with either a DPA 4017B shotgun mic or a DPA lavalier mic, into a DiGiGrid IOX I/O interface. The client has an option of monitoring through an IFB or a wedge, depending on the event, says Kristijanto.

Out of the console, the audio gets embedded into the video system, which then goes into a custom server handling point-to-point streaming to the Control Studio for low-latency monitoring. Once the data is decoded by another custom server in the Control Studio, the audio goes into a Waves LV1 system using an Apogee Symphony I/O, monitored through a Meyer Bluehorn system.

With the at-home setup, BNY can have different engineers and operators working on the event from different locations. “For example, we can have a video engineer in Pennsylvania, a shader in Washington, D.C. and an audio engineer in Iowa,” he says.

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