It's an Upmixer Hat Trick - TVM Orders UPM-1s
TVM, who carry out much coverage of Irish international sports fixtures for satellite broadcaster BSkyB, bought the upmixers after seeing them in operation in trucks owned by UK OB company Telegenic during work for Sky Sports. "We had already seen them at the IBC show a couple of years ago, when they were launched," explains TVM's Head Of Sound Pat Keogh, "and we'd been wanting to add them to our trucks ever since!"
TVM already own a SoundField DSF-2 digital microphone system in one of their OB vehicles, where it is used to capture discrete-channel 5.1 stadium ambience and crowd noise on TVM’s large-scale outside broadcasts. One of the new UPM-1s will be used in this truck to upmix VTR output and sound effects in stereo to 5.1. The other two UPM-1’s are destined for use in another TVM OB vehicle, where one of them will also upmix VTR sound and effects. The third processor will upmix the output of the stereo mic pair used to capture crowd ambience in that truck. The second and third SoundField units made their debut on TVM's coverage of the Heineken Cup in November 2011.
"Our aim is to get everything into 5.1 now," concludes Pat Keogh. "We have a new truck being built at the moment which will come into service in February, and that will have a SoundField DSF-2 mic system and a UPM-1 from the outset."
Since its establishment in 1986 by Bart and Helen Arnold, TVM has built up a reputation as a leading Outside Broadcasting Facilities Company. TVM's ability to seek out and implement the latest technological developments has set us apart from other operators in the industry. This, along with the policy of sourcing the most talented and skilled operators available has ensured that the quality of the service offered by TVM is always at the highest possible standard of good industry practice. TVM has a proven track record as a first class, reliable outside broadcast facilities provider. We have vast experience of all types of outside broadcasts, and fully understand the intricacies and practicalities of OB facilities throughout Ireland. Therefore we can provide everything from accreditation to satellite paths and catering on site to the most complex technical requirements. The ethos of TVM is firmly planted in the ideal of mutual support and co-operation. This ensures a positive approach to each project with all crewmembers conscious that they are making a significant contribution to the overall production. TVM will take your concept and work closely with you to insure it comes into fruition.