Looking to outfit its new street-front HD studio in downtown Toronto, The Score Television Network recently purchased a Studer Vista 5 console to handle 5.1 sources and output 5.1 to The Scoreâ€™s HD channel. The console was sold by Studer Canada via Applied Electronics, Ltd., which also provided consultation, system design and integration of The Scoreâ€™s entire broadcast system.
The Score is a Canadian English-language cable television sports network, broadcasting live sports coverage, as well as sports news, highlights and analysis. The design of The Scoreâ€™s new HD studio required a console that could handle SDI inputs and outputs. â€œSome of our shows would require bringing in live NBA, NCAA basketball and football feeds,â€? says Michel Blondin, Supervisor, PCR for The Score. â€œFor example, our show, â€˜Court Surfingâ€™ would bring the viewer up to 10 different NBA games at any
given time. We basically changed the channel for the viewers, bringing them the best action of any game.â€?
Blondin also notes that intuitive operation and recall-ability were also key factors in The Scoreâ€™s decision to purchase the Vista 5. â€œThe layout of the desk with the Vistonicsâ„¢ interface was nicely spread out and extremely user-friendly, which made the transition from analog to a digital console easier for the audio operators,â€? Blondin explains. Â â€œAdditionally, the new studio is in use live from 7 AM to midnight with up to eight different shows on a daily basis. Having the ability to save and recall different board setups [snapshots] for each show was a must.â€?
Since installing the Vista 5, The Score has seen a vast improvement in its efficiency and creative potential. â€œAll the audio gear required for live broadcasting is now at our fingertips,â€? Blondin says. â€œWorkflow has increased and we always seem to push the envelope, sometimes doing two shows at the same time!â€?
In addition to the Vista 5â€™s functionality, Blondin has also been impressed with Studerâ€™s support. â€œStuder has been there for us every step of the way, from introducing us into the world of digital mixing to keeping us up to date on software updates, while dropping by from time to time to see how things are going,â€? he said. â€œAll in all, the Vista 5 is a solid console that has been put to the test and has surpassed our expectations.â€?
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