University of Sheffield Orders Custom Consoles Module-R Lite Desks


Two Custom Consoles Module-R Lite control room desks have been commissioned by the University of Sheffield University as part of a new state-of-the-art Broadcast Zone. The new facility was constructed for the Department of Journalism Studies. Both desks are housed in the television production gallery forming part of a production suite which also includes a multi-camera HDTV studio, voiceover booths and radio studio.

"Custom Consoles Module-R Lite desks are used in many broadcast production studios as well as in the academic sector and were highly recommended to us," comments broadcast facilities manager Jesse Armstrong. "These were important factors in our overall choice of equipment as we obviously want our students to learn in an essentially real-world television and radio production environment.

"The larger of the two desks is a 2.6 by 0.93 metre design configured for three operators. It is being used for lighting and vision control. A Zero88 Jester lighting control desk is located in front of the central operator. A computer monitor display is mounted on an Ergotron user-adjustable support arm in front of the left and right operator positions. Three equipment pods, each with 3U capacity and sloping front panels, are integrated along the central section of this desk.


"Positioned in parallel behind the vision control desk is a 1.6 x .09 metre audio control desk equipped for two operators. This has a single monitor display mounted on the left side and accommodates a Mackie 1202 audio  mixer.

Custom Consoles Module-R Lite control room desks newly installed in the television production gallery


"Both desks were delivered and fitted on site within 10 days of order. Finished in oak with black work surfaces, they have exactly the look and feel we require of a fully professional programme production facility."

A mix-and-matchable control room furniture system, the Custom Consoles Module-R product range allows aesthetically attractive and long-life desks to be configured to meet specific shapes and dimensions from a selection of high-quality pods, base sections, 19 inch rack housings, worktops, end-panel modules and legs. Coordinated desk pods are available as single-bay sections with up 10U chassis capacity.


Module-R Lite is identical in design to that standard Module-R range but based on 930 mm front-to-back rather than 1,200 mm front-to-back desk dimensions.

About the University of Sheffield Department of Journalism Studies
The Department of Journalism Studies was launched in 1994 and within 10 years became one of the major journalism teaching and research establishments in the UK. The University of Sheffield is a proven academic centre of excellence and the department strives to provide both theoretical and professional teaching based on the highest journalistic and academic standards. The Department of Journalism Studies has an excellent network of international contacts in both the media industry and the academic world, and its staff have built close ties with regional institutions and local print, broadcast and online media. In keeping with the ethos of the University of Sheffield, Journalism Studies is a research-led department and has developed strong research and teaching links with other academic departments in the University. Since its inception, the department has been committed to establishing an active research programme covering a wide range of topics within the fields of journalism, mass communications, and new communications technologies.


About 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.