Paris, France (December 9, 2011)—The Hippodrome de Paris-Vincennes horse racing track has upgraded its broadcast control room with the first Studer Vista 5 M2 digital desk to be sold in France.
The 35,000-capacity Hippodrome de Paris-Vincennes, which over the years has been as well known for hosting rock concerts as for its main purpose of horse racing, recently upgraded its production infrastructure, which included replacing its old analogue mixing console. The Hippodrome's Studer Vista 5 M2 is configured with 32 mic/line inputs, 72 line out and eight AES I/O, and one of the first to be shipped anywhere in the world.
Built in 1879, the Hippodrome, with its 3,000-sq.-m Grand Hall, is a famous venue for trotting events, with the jockeys pulling a two-wheel cart known as a sulky. The main track itself measures 2 km in length (whereas it is generally only 800 m or 1,600 m in other horse racing arenas).
The venue's management company SECF (SociÈtÈ d'Encouragement du Cheval FranÁais), contacted Jean-Philippe Blanchard, broadcast division director at Audiopole, the French Studer distributor, with whom it has a long association. "They were looking for an upgrade to mix the ambient sounds and commentaries within the amphitheatre, both for live playback and broadcast purposes," stated M. Blanchard.
"The operators were impressed by the quick and easy operation of the Vistonics screen, which gives them instant control over all the channel functions, and by the new metering, which will give them better control of all incoming signals. They also noticed that engineers are able to work for hours at a time on the console without getting tired."
Installation of the new Vista 5 M2 took place during the month of August when the venue was closed.