Custom Consoles announces the completion of Module-R studio control desks and MediaWalls for the Studio 1 production control gallery at the Pacific Quay headquarters of STV. The project, which is currently in progress, includes front and rear production control, audio control and traffic-area control desks plus two MediaWall multiscreen monitor support frames.
"We have received many years of good service from Custom Consoles including prompt after-sales support whenever needed," comments Sam Dornan, STV Group's Channel Operations Manager. "Their Module-R range of technical furniture gives us the freedom to specify the features and dimensions we need from predefined modules and to make changes if required in the future. The resulting desks are strongly built, comfortable to work with and attractively styled. The same attention to detail is evident in MediaWall which is very robust while at the same time being easy to expand."
STV's Studio 1 production control gallery is equipped with a 13-bay in-line Module-R front desk configured for use by up to six operators. A vision switcher is integrated into the desk just left of centre and camera control panels are inset on the right. 20 RU of equipment storage is provided at desktop level in six pods. Additional fittings include a horizontal array of video display screens, each screen mounted on an Ergotron adjustable arm attached to the rear of the desk. Supplementing this desk is an 11-bay in-line rear desk designed for use by a team of four people. This is also fitted with Ergotron-mounted monitor screens and four 3 RU equipment pods.
The sound control installation comprises two desk units positioned alongside a 1.8 metre wide audio production console to form a 3.5 metre wide L-shaped structure. Maple-finished equipment storage pods with 17 RU of rack-mount capacity plus adjustable shelves are also incorporated.
A U-shaped Module-R variant, the traffic desk is intended for use by a single operator and comprises a four-bay structure bridging two wings. The bridge section is fitted with equipment storage pods to the rear of the desktop plus video displays on individual Ergotron arms.
All desks in this project have black Marmoleum worktops with black bullnose edging, maple veneered end panels and silver anodised legs.
The production control gallery MediaWall is a 6.3 metre wide three-span unit supporting 65 inch, 55 inch, 32 inch and 25 inch video display panels plus compact monitor loudspeakers. An additional MediaWall was chosen for the sound monitoring suite, equipped with one 65 inch display, two 25 inch displays and two loudspeakers.
"Our design strategy when we created Module-R was to offer the greatest possible freedom of choice in terms of desk size, configuration and facilities," says Neil Reed, Custom Consoles' co-founder and Managing Director. "The result is arguably the widest range of features and options ever achieved within the technical control furniture category. Unlike one-piece control room furniture, Module-R desks can be expanded in width, converted from rectangular to corner configuration or even to U-shaped semi-surround. Auxiliary pods of various sizes for broadcast industry standard 19 inch rack-mounting equipment can be specified for Module-R desks at the time of installation or, in many instances, added later. Individual elements such as desktops can be replaced easily if required for operational or aesthetic reasons.
"Customers can select from a very wide range of options including single, double or triple width base units, 15, 30, 45 or 90 degree angled corner units or curved desk sections to follow any radius. Control panels of practically any size and depth can be embedded into the desktop from day one or subsequently. Space is provided for equipment such as computers with easy front and rear access via removable front and rear cover panels. Power and signal cable routing is fully integrated within every Module-R desk via transverse ducts across each frame and vertical ducts through the supporting legs.
"Module-R is fully IT-friendly. Brush-strip-protected slots running the entire width of each desktop allow easy connection of cables to and from IT accessories such as computer keyboards and tracking tools. Predrilled monitor mounts are included as standard along the rear of every Module-R frame so that customers can add, remove or relocate monitors to match changes in operating procedure during the desk's lifetime. We recommend and can supply Ergotron articulated monitor support arms which include integrated cable management.
"The inherent modularity of Module-R desks, even the largest, makes relocation relatively easy if or when a control suite is moved to another room or a new site. Ergonomic design is key to any control room environment. Module-R has been tested by FIRA (Furniture Industry Research Association to ensure it is fully compliant in terms of ergonomics and structural integrity. We also offer Operator Safety Screens matching these and other desks in our product range."
"MediaWall is based on the same concept as Module-R for studios and control rooms needing a free-standing mounting system for monitor display panels of up to 65 inch size," adds Custom Consoles' Sales Manager Gary Fuller. "Key features include height-adjustable horizontal crossbeams accommodating T-slot mounts to allow easy attachment and precise positioning of monitor screens. Screen mounts can be pivoted easily to reduce glare and optimise sight lines. All cables can be fully concealed within the crossbeams and the vertical support pillars. The entire structure is constructed in high-strength aluminium and combines rigidity with space efficiency. Standard height is 2.35 metres and the crossbeam length can be up to 3 metres before an intermediate upright is needed. Front to back distance is just 59 cm. Finish can be in anodised silver or black."