Toronto, Canada (February 8, 2013)-Canada's Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) has equipped its studios with several TM7 TouchMonitors from RTW during a transition to 5.1 production.
Launched in 2001, MLSE owns four professional sports teams-the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto TFC (MLS) and the Toronto Marlies (AHL)-and operates three television stations-Leafs TV, NBA TV Canada and GolTV Canada. MLSE also owns three sports stadiums in Toronto. In addition to monitoring and broadcasting feeds from around the world, the MLSE networks produce a lot of in-house programming, including hockey and basketball games for which it uses the RTW TM7 the most.
"In the control rooms, when we are mixing, we are basically in front of a blank canvas, saying, 'How do we want to create this?'" says Alain Siodlowski, MLSE's senior broadcast engineer. "There are certain sound-placement rules-you put your announcers here, your rink sound here and your audience here-but then you have to really work on how to create the mix and still make it sound good in stereo. And that is where RTW's vectorscope comes into play. It tells you if your levels are too high or too low or if you are too far forward or too much in the rear-it gives you nice visual feedback."
"The other thing we liked about the system is that it is so user-friendly," says Siodlowski. "You can move stuff around, you can set it up the way you want and if there is something you don't need, you just don't put it up or make it smaller...When there is a mix going on, our team members are super busy-there are people on the intercom screaming and yelling. The TM7 isn't their main tool, so you don't want this to be in their way, but you do want the comfort of knowing it's there when they need it and that it works."