Gulf News Broadcasting, the new communication venture of Al Nisr Publishing LLC, has deployed the Klotz Digital VADIS system, which forms a synchronous audio network consisting of four On Air Studios using Klotz Digital AEON consoles and VADIS 888 for the Master Control Room router. The installation and delivery was undertaken by KLOTZ DIGITAL Asia's systems integrator, Telesto Broadcast Solutions Pte. Ltd.
The end user decided on split console surfaces and installed 12-fader AEON consoles in three On Air Studios and one Backup Studio. "The studios are self-operated and the AEON console met the requirements of the engineering department and the announcers," says Ian Duddridge, technical director of Telesto Broadcast.
The MCR router provides the central switching and monitoring hub of the overall system and is connected via fibre and redundant AES links to all studios. Remote controlled GPIs are used for triggering of third party equipment. The router is designed for complete audio and control redundancy and its performance is monitored by a VADIS controller, which will switch to the redundancy system in case of any problems on the main system.
Telesto Broadcast designed a number of customised TFT screens to control the overall VADIS network. These screens include a number of audio level meters for the transmission paths and off-air receivers, X-Y switching, and programme fail alarms. "As the VADIS configuration software is versatile, it allows us to design user interfaces to the exact requirements of our customers," says Lee Chin Kah, engineering manager of Klotz Digital Asia. "At Gulf News Broadcasting, we were able to implement station-wide control and status monitoring on one screen which would have normally required a rack full of additional hardware. The VADIS routing system is designed for future expansion and can grow as the technical requirements at Gulf News Broadcast change in future," he adds.
The system was installed within a very short timeframe and commissioned in early January. "From opinions collected from various RJs as well as the technicalities that surround us engineers, these products have shown a solid performance," confirms Sanjay Sathyan, broadcast engineer of Gulf News Broadcasting.For all the latest tech news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.