Hebden Bridge, UK (March 28, 2013)-New Zealand national broadcaster TVNZ has purchased a 48-fader Artemis Beam digital audio console for its Auckland studios.
The new console marks a digital upgrade for TVNZ, which replaced an older Calrec analog console. TVNZ uses the new Artemis console to mix more than 14 live and recorded shows each week, including a daily live news production, a morning magazine show, several weekly current affairs shows and a weekly consumer advocacy show. The Artemis console manages all incoming audio, triggering effects, and production of mix-minus and IFB feeds.
“The Artemis Beam replaced a much-loved analog console, but it also replaced time-consuming patch bays,” said Paul Hedges, TVNZ production services manager. “We used to rely on physical patching to achieve things that we can now do with routing in the new console. We were running out of fader modules on the analog console, but now we simply map faders to sources and change the configuration. Some of the work we do now was physically impossible on the old analog console.”
The new system gives TVNZ access to more inputs on the same number of faders. Having different layers for different shows makes it easier to transition from one show to the next, especially because TVNZ often requires very fast, sometimes immediate turnaround between shows.
Calrec Audio Ltd.