French-language Swiss TV station TSR has completed its upgrade of the facilities at its Geneva headquarters with new audio monitor systems from Yamaha.
TSR’s HQ upgrade included both refurbishing existing facilities and providing new ones, with 177 Yamaha MSP-7, 40 MSP-5, 22 MSP-3 studio monitors and two SW10 subwoofers selected as part of the new audio systems.
Speakers were installed by TSR’s internal installation team, with monitors set in different rooms to receive audio from a range of different sources. The simplest set-up is the Video Editing Room, with only the stereo outputs of a small analogue mixer sending a basic monitoring feed. In contrast, the Quality Control Room feeds come from Yamaha DME64N and 24N digital mix engines, via MY8-DA96 cards, and others come from dedicated VCA systems or Nexus matrixes etc. Most of the systems are set up in stereo, with some others in 5.1 surround.
Yannick Dumartineix, head of audio production at TSR, explained that listening tests were carried out on a range of monitors from different manufacturers, with three main criteria which influenced his choice. “One was the construction, finish, size and the quality of the internal electronics. Second was the quality of sound – our main aim was a response that satisfied all the involved listeners who had worked in our previous edit rooms. The third criteria was price. The MSP series reproduces audio frequencies faithfully,” he continued, “so we know that, when reproduced on domestic television systems, there will be no unpleasant surprises in the sound.”