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CNN to rely on two Euphonix Max Air consoles for new Los Angeles studios

CNN has purchased two Euphonix Max Air digital audio broadcast systems for its new on-air and production studios under construction in Los Angeles, the company announced Sept. 7 at IBC2007.

The Max Air, which is a digital audio mixing system designed for on-air and live-to-tape broadcasts, will be used for “Larry King Live” and other CNN productions. CNN Los Angeles is the fourth CNN facility to install the Max Air console, which brings the total number of systems to 12. Currently, there are four Max Air systems installed in CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta, four in CNN’s New York bureau and two in the Washington, D.C., bureau.

One of the Los Angeles Max Air systems will be installed in the main control room for “Larry King Live,” the network’s longest-running interview program, while a second, identical system will be installed in a smaller studio where it will support other shows independently. Each system uses Euphonix’s new DF-66 fully redundant DSP SuperCore processing, ensuring backup of DSP channels, MADI I/O and the console’s router for each studio.

CNN has used the Max Air console at its other U.S. facilities for the last four years. The CNN Los Angeles Max Air systems are made up of a compact 32-fader control surface with touch-screen interface, 96-channel DSP core with router and a custom set of I/Os.

An optional Euphonix StudioHub, an AES10 MADI router, is included to integrate the Euphonix systems with the facility’s router, using the ES-Switch Protocol, allowing all areas access to the two studio’s sources.

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