Vatican City (June 6, 2017)—Centro Televisivo Vaticano has taken delivery of a custom all-white Sound Devices mobile recording system to accompany Pope Francis on his travels.
Centro Televisivo Vaticano – Vatican Television Center (VTC), the official broadcaster of Vatican City, reached out to Sound Devices’ top Italian audio reseller, Nagrit Srl, to inquire about updating its audio recording equipment. VTC had used analog tape recorders for many years, and was looking to make the jump to digital audio recorders. In search of a portable, user-friendly audio system that came equipped with wireless control capabilities to follow Pope Francis, VTC chose the Sound Devices 12-input 688 field production mixer with integrated 16-track recorder and its SL-6 accessory.
The 688 and SL-6 powering and wireless system were chosen for the VTC—the production center that films and archives the activities of the Pope and the Holy See—and Sound Devices designed special edition all-white versions of the 688 and SL-6 for the Pope, which traditionally come in black only.
“We were honored that the Vatican considered us for its new audio system,” said Matt Anderson, president/CEO of Sound Devices, LLC. “When informed of the Vatican’s request for two 688s and an SL-6, we knew that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we couldn’t pass up. Our engineering and production teams did an amazing job designing these special edition models, and we’re really proud that they will be used to help reach millions of people around the world.”
The 688 and SL-6 combo with SRc receivers has been implemented as a mobile recorder to follow Pope Francis in his tours, while the second 688 will be used in audio productions for VTC and Radio Vaticana (Vatican Radio).