The SABC has taken steps in their move to revamp their main radio studios in time for the 2010 World Cup. Previously the flagship stations, Metro FM and 5 FM had been running off analogue systems that were dated and limiting in terms of production ability and broadcast flexibility.
The new interfacing technology of the 52 MX from Deubner Hoffman Digital or DHD, which is locally distributed by Concilium Technologies has brought the digital area to the national broadcaster. By enabling 4 of their main radio studios with online capabilities SABC can now deliver services that were previously not possible.
According to the SABC the configuration capability of the DHD consoles has proven to be reliable as it has allowed for the key integration of various other applications within the SABC studios. The new setup consists of 3 separate consoles servings as a live broadcast studio, a production studio and standby studio.
The new setup means that shows now have access to up to 11 microphones for in-studio guests, direct news feeds from the SABC news room and a superior achieving system allowing for quicker access to information.
"The new routing capabilities of our studios means that they can be linked to anywhere in the outside world while handling incoming signals and feeds with ease," says Gelfand Kausiyo, General Manager RFB at SABC.
As the 2010 Soccer World Cup approaches, SABC has also announced that Radio 2000 will be the official radio station of the event, and will be known as the 2010 station. The enhancement of the studios means that key interviews with top sporting celebs can be simultaneously broadcast on other radio stations, the internet and within the SABC itself.
"DHD has mastered the process of audio consol mixing and has been a major component in the modernisation of the SABC’s studios. The consoles sit central to what we are now able to do now. We are now networking internally and externally. Adding to that fact is the overall aesthetic look and feel of our studios which has completely changed. We are proud to showcase our achievements to the international community," says Kausiyo.
"The high reliability of the DHD operating systems has impressed a number of our clients. The quality of workmanship and the support has been excellent as the German based company has met with the SABC directly to ensure ease of use and the best set-up solution for the broadcaster’s needs," says Sean Long, Broadcast Sales Engineer at Concilium Technologies SA.