GUANGZHOU BROADCASTING NETWORK SELECTS TSL PRODUCTS’ AUDIO MONITORING SOLUTIONS FOR NEW BROADCAST CENTRE
MARLOW, UK – 5th November 2014 – TSL Products announced today that Guangzhou Broadcasting Network (GZBN), the commercial television network serving China’s Guangdong province, has chosen a range of TSL Products’ audio monitoring solutions to equip its brand new Broadcast Centre. The equipment, which will be installed by TSL Products’ Chinese partner Suntec Broadcast Technology and systems integrator Century Sage System Ltd, includes 23 PAM2-MK2 multichannel audio monitors, 28 SAM1-3GM studio audio monitoring units and 23 MPA1-3G MP series audio monitoring units.
GZBN operates a public channel and six cable channels, broadcasting content including news, sports, drama, economics, shopping, children’s entertainment and English language programmes to over 70 million local viewers in the Guangdong region and across the whole of China via satellite.
The broadcaster began planning the workflow for its new Broadcast Centre around two years ago, and looked at several alternatives for its audio monitoring requirements: they wanted equipment that could perform multiple functions in order to accelerate the workflow and consolidate operators’ tasks, as well as providing HD/SD/Stereo/Dolby 5.1 capabilities, and the ability to upgrade easily and cost-effectively to keep pace with new standards and new technology. They found that TSL Products was the only company capable of providing the equipment that met all their functional requirements as well as offering crucial local support.
Guangping He, Senior Engineer, Vice Director of Play Out Centre, GZBN, said, “We had used TSL Products equipment in our previous building, and it was the clear choice again for our new Broadcast Centre. TSL always provide multi-functional solutions, which are essential in a complex environment – for instance the SAM1 can monitor and mix SDI audio, analogue and AES audio at same time. This mixing and routing capability means we do not need a separate router and panel to manage the different sources; the operator can easily monitor different sources using the solo mode in the SAM1. In addition the PAM2-MK2 can monitor level meters and loudness and video on LCD screens, while also controlling 5.1 surround. This flexibility in such high quality systems is perfect for our requirements.”
The PAM2-MK2 is the ideal precision audio monitoring unit for today’s complex broadcast audio workflows. Key features include extended Loudness capabilities to ensure broadcasters comply with standards, and an external SDI monitor output that exports displays to an external monitor (such as a multiviewer or video display) for ‘at a glance’ review of mission critical audio information.
The SAM1-3GM studio audio monitoring unit is designed for use in the dynamic world of live television production. It provides instant visual feedback from 16 channels of embedded SDI with the added benefit of two auxiliary analogue or AES input channels, which can be mixed into the monitoring chain, for example, to listen to the intercom whilst working with headphones. The recently launched MADI version means that for the first time MADI signals can be monitored and mixed with any of the analogue and digital channels, bringing class-leading functionality to the user.
The MPA1-3G is the world’s most cost-effective de-embedding confidence monitor. It accepts any SD- or HD-SDI signal up to and including 3G, and features a power amplifier and speaker system for critical listening. It is lightweight and compact, making it particularly suitable for OBs or where space is limited.
The PAM2-MK2 units are already installed in the Master Control Room and Playout Centre, while the SAM1-3GM and MPA1-3G units are planned for installation in the Studio, Edit Suite and Voice-Over room in November 2014. The facility is scheduled to go live at the end of the year.