Austria – Austrian OB broadcast specialist MIKO Event & Rental has purchased a HARMAN’s
Studer Vista 1 for installation in a newly configured OB van. The hub of a fully redundant system, the all-in-one
Studer control package—which had been one of the specification prerequisites—has
provided MIKO with a ideal solution.
The company runs a fleet of trucks that provide outside broadcast services,
mainly for ORF, the Austrian public service broadcaster, and Red Bull Media
House, the multi-platform media company with a
focus on sports, culture, and lifestyle.
The new MF11D 15-ton Ü-Wagen (OB van) has been designed as a hybrid
solution for video and
Internet broadcasts or as high-quality radio. The sound infrastructure can also
support complete live recording (up to 7.1). Originally built by Krämer in
Germany it was rebuilt by MIKO to handle these video broadcasts.
Michael Kogler, who founded MIKO Event & Rental in 1991, “Although
the truck was built for a total
weight of 15 tons, we reduced it to 12 tons to give us fewer limitations—leaving
around 1.5 tons available for other equipment.”
immediately highlights a key advantage of the Vista 1. “Our previous console
weighed 600kg and required 2,100W of power [as well as its own conditioning
circuit]. The Vista 1, run in conjunction with our existing Studer MADI Compact
Stagebox (CSB), is substantially more economical on weight and power draw—and
it doesn’t need an air conditioning circuit. So we can drop the electric power
consumption from 3-phase 400V-32A to 16A.
“But best of
all in Austria the climate is only extremely warm in July and August, so we
only need to circulate fresh air; it means we can drop the electric power
consumption again to a single phase 230V-16A—this is really amazing for such a
from their existing 3.5-ton Ü-Wagen, MIKO believe this is the logical
progression to enable image handling and allow third video production companies
to rent space and install their own equipment (whereupon the sound area can be
compacted if necessary). Kogler adds that it also provides their technicians
with a more enjoyable experience when handling events ranging from Ski Alpine
to live music events and other high profile TV shows for ORF.
“Having an all-in-one package such as Vista 1 means that this compact control
platform can be used as a standalone system outside the truck—for example at
classical and musical sound reinforcement events—and also places where the ÜW
cannot go, such as high up in the mountains or on a ship,” he continued.
“We really like
the Vista’s compact form factor, its ease of use and the excellent sound
quality and we are now looking forward to adding the Vista FX option.”
existing CSB, with 48
Mic/Line In and 16 Line Out, is linked via two Neutrik DuoCon Extreme 150m long
The new MF11D
Mainframe was commissioned at the beginning of April and used successfully for
an ORF and RAI Bolzano worship transmission. Then on April 19, the first live ski
transfer from St. Anton in the Arlberg region was tackled successfully with Pilger Film-und Videoproduktion from Innsbruck renting the van.
Michael Kogler confirms that the MIKO technicians are satisfied that the Vista
1 meets all their technical requirements, while the OB-van itself conforms to
the ARD SWR and VBG BGI -811 standards for Ü-Wagens.
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