Chinese broadcaster opts for Swiss technologies

CCTV utilizes Merging Technologies’ systems for live multi-track mixing

Swiss manufacturer Merging Technologies is heading eastwards: China’s state broadcaster CCTV relies on Pyramix and Horus systems.

Source: Merging Technologies

China's state broadcaster CCTV recently added Pyramix 10 systems with Horus networked audio interfaces to their repertoire. Their audio division works on large events and variety shows and live multi-track mixing is an important part of the production process. For these events, it is not only vital to have skilled operators who are adaptable but also to have stable and reliable recording equipment.

CCTV conducted a Chinese folk song competition last year in Beijing where they first utilized the Pyramix V10 systems. Ryramix recorded 128 tracks for more than 12 hours uninterrupted. Having gained full confidence in the equipment, last September in Hangzhou, CCTV once again chose Pyramix as the system to be used for the opening ceremony of the G20 summit. That night also featured 128 live tracks and Pyramix once again operated flawlessly.

Yuan Xuecheng, CCTV's audio department recording engineer, stated: "Pyramix has a clever DSP architecture. It's hardware, software and file format compatibility is very comprehensive. It has the ability to deliver stable ultra-long recording and playback of over 100 tracks and is able to handle all large and critical events. In addition, Pyramix provides us with an excellent compact audio interface, great clock for synchronization and has a user friendly monitor control. For that reason, Pyramix was able to successfully perform at the G20 summit, the program was recorded and edited for live television broadcasting."

Commissioning a new OB truck based on a total IP solution, CCTV decided for a console from Lawo and a Pyramix MassCore 128 as their main recording system.




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