Custom Consoles, working in partnership with UK based broadcast system integrator Megahertz Ltd, has completed a large-scale studio furniture project for global news network RT. Located in Paris, the new facility includes two master control rooms, engineering and audio control, audio post-production, two dubbing suites, an Avid ProTools suite, five edit suites, and a graphics suite.
"Key elements of this very high profile project included robust construction, ergonomic excellence, easy access to equipment for routine maintenance, and attractive styling," comments Megahertz Ltd operations manager Nigel Smith. "Custom Consoles excels in all these respects. Its Module-R series formed a basis on which we could plan precise desk configurations needed to match each specific role, with Media Wall and MediaPost providing similar design flexibility for the various monitor screen displays. EditDesk also proved ideal for the post-production and graphics suites. Delivery timescale was a crucial factor as this was a new build completed on schedule to go on air in December 2017."
MCR A is equipped with a five-seat Module-R production desk facing a 5 metre wide Media Wall. Additional desks at the rear are provided for sound director, news organiser and support engineer.
MCR B incorporates a similar production desk and Media Wall combination plus three-seat and two-seat auxiliary control desks positioned in a U formation. All six desks are equipped with supplementary equipment pods and monitor display mounts.
Engineering and audio control comprises three desks positioned in an L configuration. Largest of these is the chief engineer's desk which faces two 42 inch displays on side-by-side MediaPosts. To its right is a single-bay sound engineering position. Facing the left-hand wall is a two-seat camera control Module-R desk with each operator facing a MediaPost-mounted 55 inch display screen. CCU panels are housed in two groups along the desktop.
"For the audio post facility we selected an EditDesk specially expanded to accommodate a ProTools control panel embedded in the work surface," Nigel Smith adds. "The EditDesk is fitted with two 3U-high equipment pods which are positioned left and right of the ProTools panel. Three monitor displays on operator-adjustable arms are mounted on the left-hand pod, connected to incoming feeds and to a floor-level computer adjacent to the left-side support pillar."
"Standard EditDesks proved ideal for the five edit suites, each including an 11U high side pod to house a computer and auxiliary equipment. These desks are fitted with three monitor displays and two powered near-field monitor loudspeakers, all on adjustable mounting arms. We also recommended EditDesks for the six graphics positions, positioned in three-wide back-to-back rows. These are fitted with a desk-mounted computer monitor and loudspeakers in various combinations, the sixth position currently being a non-assigned spare."
"Single-person and dual-person desks with sound-absorbent work surfaces have been provided for the dubbing suites. Each of these incorporates a 6U equipment pod in 2 wide x 3 high configuration plus two adjustable arms supporting a monitor display and microphone respectively."
RT (www.rt.com) is a global TV news network that broadcasts 24/7 in English, Arabic, Spanish and French from its studios in Moscow, Washington DC, London and Paris. 70 million people in 38 countries watch RT channels every week. 35 million watch RT daily. RT is among the top five most watched international TV news channels in the US, with a weekly audience of more than 8 million viewers (Ipsos). It is also the most watched TV news network on YouTube with more than 5 billion views. RT is the winner of the Monte Carlo TV Festival Award for best 24-hour broadcast, and the only Russian TV channel to be a five-time Emmy finalist for news programming.
Megahertz (www.megahertz.co.uk) designs, engineers and delivers turnkey systems to the worlds leading broadcasters, content owners and media service providers. As a leading systems integrator, its expert team of skilled engineers and solutions architects, drawn from both broadcast and IT backgrounds, ensures a creative, forward-thinking, independent and highly efficient approach. Megahertz provides dynamic and resilient systems for news and sport production, state-of-the-art studios and advanced file-based workflows, as well as fully equipped vehicles for outside broadcast and newsgathering. The company also provides consultancy, training and support services. With a reputation for excellence since 1982, Megahertz continues to deliver value-added engineering solutions worldwide.
Custom Consoles Ltd (www.customconsoles.co.uk) is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design facilities, computer-controlled cutting machinery and a thermoform press. These resources provide the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. Custom Consoles' clients include broadcasters, production and post production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.