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Sports broadcasters sound good with Fairlight audio technology

MLB Productions is installing two CC-1-powered Fairlight Constellation large-format mixing consoles, both with the new Xynergi Centre Section (XCS) and PyxisTrack HD video. The production company has also invested in a Pyxis HD server to network video to the two consoles.

In addition, World Wrestling Entertainment has purchased five Fairlight Xynergi media production systems, all with PyxisTrack HD video. A Fairlight user since 1997, WWE TV made the transition from the QDC platform to CC-1 as part of a general overhaul inspired by its switch to HD.

WWE TV produces six hours of domestic broadcast programming every week, which is customized and voiced in foreign languages for more than 130 countries worldwide. It also produces 14 live pay-per-view events each year and releases up to three DVD titles each month.

Chuck Cavanaugh, audio post mixer at MLB Productions and another long-time Fairlight user, says speed, new features, versatility and superior sound quality were all key reasons for MLB’s decision to invest in the new Constellation XCS consoles.

Based in New York, MLB Productions is the TV/DVD and home video production facility of MLB Properties. The company produces long- and short-form content for the main U.S. networks and for many cable broadcasters. It also produces a wealth of commercials, corporate video and consumer point-of-sale packages as well as various highlight packages shown on MLB stadium Jumbotron screens.

In January 2009, MLB will launch its own HD/5.1 cable network, which will reach more than 50 million homes. This, along with its existing network commitments, will make MLB Productions even busier. The company will also soon be moving to the new facility shared by the MLB Network.

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