GEORGIAN BROADCASTERS OPT FOR SOUNDCRAFT
Tbilisi-based Symbol Studio have sold three Soundcraft B800 consoles to Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) to complement the pair of resident Soundcraft BB100 consoles at Imedi TV and a further BB100 at Rustavi 2 in the Georgian capital.
Symbol Director General, Teimuraz Kvernadze, reports that over the past five years the country’s broadcast industry has shown significant development.
“There are several underlying reasons — notably the rapid economic reforms, growth in the economy, political stability and the transformation of state TV into Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB),” he believes.
As a result, in 2005 GPB began to initiate technical upgrades, and the following year Symbol Studio, one of the country’s leading providers of professional audio/visual and broadcast solutions, became involved in the discussion and tendering process.
“As a Soundcraft’s distributor we won the tender to provide the B800s as the best combination of quality and price,” reports Teimuraz. At the same time, within the broadcast network are a couple of private stations, with the highest local rating and the budget to support the best technical equipment. Thus Soundcraft’s BB100s became the natural choice for Rustavi2, Imedi TV — as well as independent record label, Step Records.
Produced in five frame sizes (up to 56 channels) the B800 is designed for TV, radio and outside broadcast applications. Featuring balanced audio connections and internal busses, it contains eight mono (or four stereo) groups, with four VCA groups and two stereo master output modules. The BB100 is a compact 8-bus audio mixing console for on-air, production and transfer applications.
“The main reason for our current success is the worldwide reputation of Soundcraft,” believes Teimuraz. “Soundcraft’s quality and user-friendly design meets all our customers’ expectations. We are certain that this positive start will encourage other broadcasters and studios to start using Soundcraft as an audio mixing standard.”
Presently Soundcraft is without equal in the broadcast sector, he says. “In the larger studios there is a need for a larger number of channels with good ergonomic design, very precise fading and most importantly reliability. Soundcraft delivers that.”
The consoles were installed by GPB themselves.
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