The Euphonix System 5 digital audio console has become popular at Mobile Television Group because of its ability to integrate with many router control systems using the ES-Control protocol.
When Denver-based Mobile Television Group’s sixth HD teleproduction truck to be built since 2003 hits the road this year, it will make use of the latest digital audio broadcast technology.
The Euphonix System 5-B digital audio broadcast console will be part of the teleproduction facilities company’s 12HDX mobile unit to be built this summer. Prior to 12HDX, Mobile Television Group installed a Euphonix console in 11HDX, which was designed and built by Colorado Studios. That truck hit the road Dec. 30, 2005, and is primarily assigned to the St. Louis region.
The Mobile Television Group has steadily expanded its fleet since the first System 5 was installed in 2003 in 7HDX. At regular intervals, Mobile Television Group added 8HDX, 9HDX and 10HDX. Each of the HD trucks is 53ft long with expanding sides that bring the vehicle’s width to 13ft 6in. All of the trucks use Thomson LDK 6000 Triax HD cameras and Grass Valley HD switchers.
The consoles in the Mobile Television Group must be able to accommodate from 48 to 100 input audio sources, including announcers' microphones and tape machines to disk replay systems and Digicart playback. The Euphonix System 5-B inside 11HDX consists of 106 channels, each with four-band EQ, Dynamics, two filters, 24 mix busses, 24 group/clean feed matrix busses, 16 IFB/Aux sends, and 24 external inputs. The new console is equally adept at on-air HD and SD broadcast production.
Mobile Television Group’s latest truck will take seven months to build, said Phil Garvin, general manager of the Mobile TV Group and president of Colorado Studios. When completed, 12HDX primarily will be used in support of HD sports broadcasting for Fox Sports and Bud Sports, though it also is expected to be used for a variety of entertainment projects, he said.
Mobile Television Group, Colorado Studios and Euphonix have worked closely over the past several years. Euphonix digital mixing systems have become popular with the company because their ability to integrate with many router control systems using the ES-Control protocol, such as the Jupiter and PESA audio/video router systems.
Trucks and broadcast facilities commonly require the specification of two audio systems: the digital audio mixer's router and the panel-controlled router/switcher system. The two systems are nearly identical and differ only in the manner in which they are controlled. System 5 has an integrated router that allows it to handle both audio and video and the company has adapted its console’s routing control system to that which Mobile Television Group uses for the video side of its operations.