Input Media Upgrades with Custom Consoles Module R Furniture

Some of the new Custom Consoles Module-R furniture installed at the Input Media Broadcast & Production Centre in west London

Input Media, one of Britain's leading specialists in sports television production, has invested in Custom Consoles Module-R furniture as part of a major technical upgrade at its studios in west London. The new installation includes seven desks and several bench tops for voiceover booths.

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Three control suites have been equipped with a pair of desks in a front and back configuration. Each of the three front desks have four work positions and incorporates a Snell switcher control panel, a Yamaha DM1000 audio mixer plus auxiliary technical equipment. The front desks have a two-pod audio bridge mounted behind the audio mixer, each with 5U of integrated racking for equipment. Three monitor screens are mounted to the rear of the desk on user-adjustable Ergotron arms.

The rear desk is designed for use by three to four operators. This is equipped with four hybrid monitors on user-adjustable Ergotron arms, for computer or video feeds.

The third suite incorporates two desks in the same configuration as the other three but accommodating a larger front desk housing a Yamaha O2R96 audio mixer.

The final two suites incorporate a larger single desk in the same configuration, but with a reduced-size audio bridge module due to space limitations.

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"We needed partner companies we could trust and which could deliver to a tight schedule without disturbing the other ongoing work happening within the facility," comments Nick Symes, Director of Technology at Input Media. "Module-R gave our systems integrator, Gearhouse Broadcast, the freedom to specify furniture that exactly suited our needs from a standard set of desk and storage elements, but with bespoke components to fit our specific requirements. The Module-R furniture is strongly built, popular with our operators and highly practical in terms of access to integrated equipment. The project, which centred on an expansion of our high-definition capabilities, has proved a great success."

Custom Consoles' Module-R product range includes high-quality single-bay, dual-bay and triple-bay desk sections with front or rear access, work surfaces in matching widths, and corner desk sections in 90 degree, 45 degree or 30 degree angles. Also available are integral worktops, a slide-out keyboard drawer, equipment pods with 3U, 6U or 8U capacity, a 19 in storage pedestal and a 27U equipment bay.

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Module-R desks incorporate steel-and-aluminium vertical supports with internal cable ducts. Resting on a broad load-bearing skid, the legs provide high strength and stability, protect studio carpet and allow easy relocation if required during technical rebuilds.

Module-R furniture is available as off-the-shelf units in beech, cherry, maple or oak finish with a choice of hard-wearing arabesque, black or blue marmoleum worktops. Cabinet construction is in veneered MDF with continuous brush-strip edging and easy cable access.

Input Media
Input Media is one of the UK’s leading sports TV production and facility companies. We're based in west London with our own state-of-the-art HD Broadcast and Production Centre consisting of Avid edit suites, a multi-camera presentation studio, file-based EVS technology and full fibre and satellite connectivity. We've been established for more than 25 years, have more than 100 staff, and produce over 2,000 hours of top-quality programming every year.

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Over the years we have worked hard to build an enviable reputation for delivering exactly what our clients expect – flexible broadcast solutions, first-class programmes and digital content for web, mobile and streaming. All on deadline and on budget.

At Input Media, we offer the complete one-stop-shop. Our range of output and services includes live event coverage and host broadcasting; fast turn-around highlights programming; full post-production and editing facilities; streaming and delivery for other digital services; playout and satellite downlinking; full graphic design and branding services.

Custom Consoles
Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings.

Custom Consoles operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design and computer-controlled cutting machinery. This provides the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. The company's clients include broadcasters, production and post-production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

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