The new 62-fader Studer Vista 8 in Studio Six at BBC Television Centre in West London.
BBC Television Centre in West London installed two Studer Vista 8 digital audio consoles this past summer. BBC Studios, part of BBC Resources Ltd., ordered the desks for Studio Six and Studio Four following the positive response to the installation of a 72-fader wraparound Vista 8 into BBC Studios’ flagship Studio One two years ago.
Studio Six was the first studio to go on the air with its new Vista 8, having completed a console-only refit in five days. By contrast, in Studio Four, the Studer desk is being incorporated into a new infrastructure. When the refurbishment of TC4 is finished, the Vista 8 audio production format will be the most widely used at BBC Television Centre.
In Studio Six, the console will be used in many production genres, ranging from light entertainment and comedy to sitcoms. Reportedly, the Vista 8 's ergonomics have been popular among independent production companies, such as Talkback and Angst Productions, that regularly use Studio Six.
The two Vista 8 consoles feature approximately 500 inputs in 72-fader and 62-fader wraparound layouts. The smaller of the two desks, in Studio Six, is fully wired so it can be expanded with more DSP.
BBC Studios chose the Vista 8 following a thorough evaluation and selection process. As Studer UK Sales Manager Andrew Hills points out, “Working on a Studer Vista 8, with its patented Vistonics™ interface, is a different way of working; once engineers get to grips with it, they love using it. With three Vista consoles at Television Centre, it will be easier for BBC Studios to train more engineers in the use of the format.”