First launched in 1998, TV3 remains Ireland's only commercial station and now operates three platforms - TV3, 3e, and TV3.ie.
The broadcaster recently opted to complement its two fully functioning studios with two more, including a new 5,000sqft HD Studio, which will be used mainly for light entertainment and factual entertainment shows. For the new project, TV3 opted for a 42-channel Harman Studer Vista 5 M2 along with four Vi Compact Stageboxes.
The M2 upgrade provides the addition of TFT metering, which is capable of displaying signal levels from mono through to 5.1 channels on each input, with a user-configurable lower area.
Sound engineer John Mullen explains that the Vista 5 M2 will initially be deployed for all recordings and live shows in the HD studio. “It has already featured on a late political panellist series, a light entertainment series and as a ‘front-of-house’ desk when the studio is used as a live venue.” Aside from its use both with and without audiences the desk is currently deployed on a 10-part factual entertainment series.
“There are many features we like about this desk,” he concludes. “Among them are the DSP Calculator; the General Patch Matrix, for its ease of use and visibility; the GEQ, which is great for creating monitoring/PA mixes; the meter bridge, both for its visibility and flexibility in configuration; the Monitor Selector/File, for the quantity and flexibility of sources and the N-X [mix minus] Bus — again for its ease of use and flexibility.”