Oakmont, PA (July 21, 2016)—New York-based CP Communications transferred four DiGiCo SD10B consoles from its remote-production trucks and configured them as on-site record-edit flypack suites for FOX Sports at the recent USGA US Open Championship.
When CP expanded in 2014 it chose the SD10B as the default standard console for its new 53-foot expando fiber transmission HD11 (NBC) and HD21 (FOX Sports) trucks, as well as fully refurbished 53-foot RFHD5 and RFHD7 trucks, and an overhauled 40-foot trailer known as DSM1, which typically provides digital submixes for MLB and NBA all-star games. For this year’s US Open, four of those consoles were simply transferred and used as the central hubs for record-edit flypack suites for the event. The SD10B’s flexibility gave CP Communications the ability to respond to the network’s needs for this complex sports event, which took place June 13-19 at the Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania.
“The SD10’s ability to deliver as much processing power and sonic excellence as it does in such a small form factor is what lets us do this,” says CP Communications senior vice president Kurt Heitmann. “Then there’s the connectivity of the SD10, which through Hydra lets it communicate directly to the Calrec consoles also used in the broadcast. We’ve done this kind of flypack adaptation of the DiGiCo consoles over a dozen times now, as well as for use as routing desks and for submixing effects. They will also be used as submixers for studio sets, feeding to the main production mixer, and it brings us tremendous added flexibility.”
Heitmann says the SD10B consoles are connected to the rest of the broadcast infrastructure and each other through MADI, which is also FOX Sports’ choice of connectivity format for remote-production broadcast operation. The DiGiCo consoles have MADI as native, as are the consoles’ D-Rack I/O racks and 32x16 D-Rack stage interfaces.