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BBC OBs steps up to HD with DK

11 October 2007

Audio and video metering specialist DK-Technologies has supplied two MSD600M++ surround sound audio meters to BBC Outside Broadcasts, part of BBC Resources Ltd. The meters have been installed into BBC Outside Broadcasts’ Unit 2 and Unit 12 vehicles, which are used to record sports and entertainment programmes in high definition, writes Fergal Ringrose.

Colin Pearson, senior engineer audio for BBC Outside Broadcasts, said both vehicles are equipped with Calrec Sigma digital consoles that have recently been upgraded to incorporate Bluefin. Sigma with Bluefin provides 320 channel processing paths enabling the Sigma to tackle larger productions that would previously have required a more powerful console. These can be configured for up to 52 x full 5.1 surround channels.

“The console upgrade is part of BBC Outside Broadcasts’ commitment to support its customers as they move towards more high definition production,” Peason explained. “The Bluefin enhancement to the consoles met a need for accurate audio monitoring to match both vehicles’ increased surround sound capabilities.”

DK-Technologies’ MSD600M++ is a modular, multi-channel audio analyser that accepts up to 32 input channels. It has four configurable input slots and four output slots. The unit’s primary tools are a phasemeter, audio vector oscilloscope and PPM/VU level, while available modules cover analogue, AES3 and SD-SDI formats.

The MSD600M++ supports all surround formats (4.0, 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1) and features DK-Technologies’ recently launched StarFish display. This presents the surround sound image in a logical and intuitive way, making it easier for audio engineers to see what is happening to their surround sound signal.

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