Canada – Balancing the creative demands of production teams with the realities
of tight budgets and production timelines, REC4BOX OB Factory specializes in
manufacturing fully customized OB trucks. By designing and creating the first
OB truck in its region that houses a HARMAN’s Studer Vista 1 mixing console,
REC4BOX was able to set new industry standards in terms of versatility,
deployment speeds and broadcasting capabilities.
operates on a contract basis, renting out or selling fully operational OB
trucks to networks in Canada and the US. Each system undergoes rigorous testing
to ensure that networks are able to start production within an hour of
receiving the trailer, with only two onboard technicians. The Vista 1 console
is perfect for this application, as it contains all mobile broadcasting tools,
eliminating the need for additional racks of gear.
and television applications, we instantly think of Soundcraft and Studer,” said
Jonathan Fortin, engineer at REC4BOX. “For this truck, we needed analog inputs
right behind the board, so we went with Studer. We tend to be early adopters of
technology, opting for the best solution for our trucks considering the tight
budget and schedule.”
The Vista 1
console comes standard with 32 mic/line inputs and 32 analog line outputs as
well as broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control and eight GPIOs. For
this particular truck, the REC4BOX team added a stage box with 64 additional
inputs, and integrated the console with a complete 5.1 surround sound kit. The
truck itself requires 12 analog inputs to operate, while 48 to 64 inputs are
activated during a TV show.
consoles provide an advanced, intuitive control surface making them easy to
learn and fast to operate. The Vista 1 is unique in its powerful yet compact footprint.
Thanks to the Vistonics™ user interface, the
Vista 1 is as easy to use as any full size console, thereby decreasing
deployment and setup time for mobile broadcasting units.
“The Vista 1 is perfect for our
needs, so we ordered another one for the next truck that we’re building,” said
Fortin. “It does everything we need and much more, and it has great integration
with products from other brands. We love its user-friendly design, making
workflow on the Vista 1 a lot easier than on the Yamaha consoles that we have
tried. Overall, we are very happy and so are our customers.”
designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio
solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a
recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands
including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark
Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The
Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports
leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than
25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and
infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the
Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last
twelve months ended December 31, 2013.