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CBN Updates Production Facilities

The two desks handle audio duties on roughly 25 shows a week.

Virginia Beach, VA (November 15, 2018)—Christian Broadcast Network is the home to a busy production facility. About half of CBN’s shows are recorded for post and aired later, while the other half are fully live to air, producing approximately 25 shows a week.

Despite that hectic schedule, CBN recently updated its facility with a massive studio upgrade, integrating Waves servers and Dante networking, as well as Concord processor updates for its pair of Calrec Artemis Beam consoles. The consoles are networked via Hydra2, as well as digitally networked over MADI/Dante/SoundGrid across campus. Both Artemis consoles are 48-fader desks, with 340 processing paths across 12 layers.

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Phil Peters, director of audio services, found that the updates were welcome among the production staff: “While the core application didn’t change, every operator has commented that since the upgrade, day-to-day functions, usability and rhythm of the work has increased. The accelerated daily workflow and extra user-friendly presets were immediately apparent. Also, an updated graphics scheme makes sitting at the desk more enjoyable and the Wild layout is now user-definable, so sections can be set up in whichever way the operator prefers.”

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“The Concord upgrade has made on-board Dante streams across consoles, and even across campus via fiber, possible,” says Peters. “One really nice benefit of the OS upgrade is that it now offers users the ability to easily save and recall channel strip settings, which makes building a new session that much more streamlined.”

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