Independent TV facility Maidstone Studios has recently completed an HD upgrade of its Studio 2, which included the installation of a HARMAN Studer Vista 5 digital audio console. There was a tight timescale of just under three weeks to refurbish the studios, including a large amount of HD cabling and gallery monitoring.
“With a Studer Vista 8 already installed for some years in Studio 1, it made sense to provide commonality of operation across studios so the Vista 5 was a logical choice,” said Rowland Kinch, CEO of Maidstone Studios. ”We’ve been very happy with Studer and the support they give us. We love the Vista’s instant snapshot functions and it’s a great live production platform for us. The consoles also share common hardware and cards, so support is made much easier for us.”
Kinch also commented on the new VistaMix automatic microphone mixing software upgrade for the Vista console, which has been used by the sound teams on panel and game shows including Victory TV’s Draw It and ITV’s Take Me Out. He said: “The sound supervisors love having this inbuilt facility at their fingertips, and think it’s fantastic!”
He concluded: “Having the Vista consoles has really enhanced our opportunities and abilities to win programme productions from major broadcast organisations who are familiar with the Studer platforms.”