Amsterdam, The Netherlands (September 17, 2013)—United, a broadcast support company in Hilversum in the Netherlands, has purchased a Harman Studer Vista 1 console for use on RTL4's daily Koffietijd (Coffee Time) show.
Explained Paul van den Heuvel, United's technical manager, studio and outside broadcast, "For Koffietijd, we wanted to have a digital console that would fit within our two-brand strategy. From using the Vista 8s, we are already familiar with the workflow and Vista platform, so we didn't need to look any further."
With the control surface, I/O system, DSP and power supplies all contained within the console chassis, the Vista 1 is designed for applications where space is restricted or where the console needs to be moved with ease. The new 32-fader desk, which was supplied by Heynen, Studer's Dutch distributors, is installed long-term in a permanent control room at a luxury villa in Eemnes, where the studio has been purpose designed for technical equipment and crew. Heynen supported the installation and technical training. The Vista 1 will remain in situ for at least a year, after which will probably be redeployed in a newly upgraded studio.
Koffietijd is a daily morning show with four cameras. Besides the Vista 1's standard I/Os, United are also using the MADI port. "We connected an RME MADI converter to insert and output AES signals to, for example, recording machines like EVS."
United has been using Studer platforms for at least 15 years, with the Studer 928 analogue console being its standard broadcast mixer (in fact, two are still in operation). In 2008, it moved to Studer's digital platform, purchasing two Vista 8s for use in both its new and upgraded OB vehicles. Part of the Euro Media Group since 2007, United's clients include Endemol Sports and various public broadcasters.