Istanbul, Turkey (February 5, 2013)-National public broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) recently upgraded its Izmir Radio Studios with a Studer Vista 9 digital console.
TRT has relied on Harman’s Studer consoles since the 1980s. “I have been working at TRT for more than 25 years in a number of capacities, and all that time, we have depended on Studer gear to get the job done,” said Erkan Gˆkceli, technical manager and designer at Izmir Radio Studios. “We’ve used everything from the old Studer 169 mixer to no less than 15 ReVox B77 reel-to-reel tape decks. As a broadcast and recording mixer at Izmir Radio Studios, I put our previous Studer 902 console through every situation you can imagine, but when it was time to upgrade our studios, we decided that we would move to a digital mixer with modern features and flexibility.”
Izmir Radio Studios purchased a Vista 9 console from Turkish Studer distributor SF Dis Ticaret Koll.Sti. The Vista 9 has four bays and 40 faders, with the faders configured as 30 for source inputs, 10 VCA groups plus two masters. The console provides 32 mic inputs, 24 AES inputs, 24 AES outputs, 80 line ins, 64 line outs and 16 general purpose in/outs. In addition, Izmir Radio bought a host of additional HARMAN Professional components including AKG mics and headsets, dbx equalizers, Crown amplifiers, a Lexicon reverb unit, JBL studio monitors and Soundcraft mixers.
“As someone who works with the equipment year-in and year-out, I insist that the consoles I use are robust and of high quality,” Gˆkceli noted. “We do a lot of live broadcast at Izmir Radio and TRT and as any live engineer knows there is no room for error in a live production situation. Based on our previous track record, I was confident the Studer Vista 9 would be completely dependable.”