AMV Upgrades Trucks with Studer
The Vista 9 is being installed in AMV’s “Revolution” truck, a 53-foot double-expando trailer formerly known as “Resolution.” The Studer Vista 5 M3 is going into a 50-foot broadcast truck called “NYLA.” Both vehicles are being completely refurbished with the latest video and audio gear. Once back on the road, both trucks will be ready to handle any mobile broadcast situation—AMV has done production for the MTV Video Music Awards, the Metropolitan Opera’s live-to-theater broadcasts, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and many other high-profile events.
AMV has a long history with Studer, having purchased its first Vista 8 console eight years ago and being the first company in the USA to install a Studer console on a mobile truck. “At the time, it was a big gamble and we were making a real statement to the industry about our confidence in the product,” said Ian Vysick, AMV Audio Development Specialist. When AMV decided to upgrade the Revolution truck, the Vista 9 was AMV’s only choice. The Vista 8 formerly used in Revolution isn’t being retired—it’s being moved to one of AMV’s Manhattan sound stages.
“From the minute we started using Vista consoles it quickly became clear that aside from their exceptional sound quality they offered outstanding ease of use,” Vysick said. He noted that AMV crews manage different jobs every day with different people and the ability to quickly bring users up to speed is crucial. “The Vista 9 and Vista 5 M3 make it easier to get people comfortable with technology in a short amount of time.”
For Vysick, “it’s always been about the Vistonics™ touchscreen,” which places key control elements up front and displays everything in real time. He finds the FaderGlow™ color-coding to be invaluable as it allows AMV to configure all their broadcast and studio consoles with the same color-coding for the same functions.
“From a user standpoint one of the most important attributes of the Vista consoles is that the controls are fast and responsive and don’t overshoot—on some digital consoles there’s a lag between the time you move a control and the time it responds, meaning that you’re always going back and forth until you get to where you want things to be,” Vysick pointed out. He also likes the consoles’ ability to momentarily gang select all inputs at once and make changes to all the selected channels instantly—a real timesaver for AMV when configuring a console.
Things don’t always go as planned in live broadcast mixing and Vista consoles are the ones Vysick wants in his corner when the unforeseen happens. “The History mode is a huge advantage,” he stated. “If a problem occurs for whatever reason, you can look at the meter bridge, identify the issue and resolve it without any guesswork required.”
In the unlikely event Vysick might lose a fader or a screen, he finds the Vista 9, 8 and 5 M3’s repeating modular control layout—he calls it “sections of 10”—and dual redundant computers operating in real time enable him to configure the console live and in real time.
Studer’s level of factory and hardware support is a key factor in the equation. “If something does go wrong and we can’t fix it on site, we need to know a company has people we can get in touch with and parts in stock to ship,” Vysick noted. “When I call and say I’m going live tomorrow at five, I’m not kidding! Studer is always there to help and listen and take suggestions from people in the field. For me, keeping things running smoothly is as much about support as it is about hardware and software.”
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