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Fairlight the path to tapeless for Germany's RBB

German broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) has invested in 2 Constellation digital recording, editing and mixing systems from Fairlight for its audio post production studios.

The Constellations, both with Pyxis Track video, MFX options and Crystal Core (CC-1) engines will be deployed in RBB's Potsdam and Berlin studios, and used for news, magazine and feature production.

RBB's project manager Andreas Heese says: "We chose Constellation because our sound engineers had good experiences with our old Fairlight MFX3 systems. However our specific reason for choosing this system was Fairlight's ability to assist with our new tapeless workflow in news production."

The fully integrated file-based system will help RBB speed up workflow eliminating the need for operators to physically exchange tapes.

"RBB was particularly interested in our ability to offer the best workflow tools for their requirements. Fairlight's CC-1 platform can be seamlessly integrated into any network environment or topology. It can import/export, read/write and stream media to and from any local or shared drive that is seen by the operating system. This converged approach offers the convenience of 'drag and drop' file selection whereby wrapped audio/video essence and audio or video files are immediately available to any project. In addition file export from the Fairlight system ensures complete integrity of the tapeless workflow environment," Mario Schmitz, Fairlight's head of European Operations, said.

The installations will take place during July and August, with both systems expected to be fully operational by the end of the summer.