Al Rayyan TV goes digital with Calrec
QATAR: A Calrec Artemis console has been installed at the Al Shahaniya camel racetrack as part of an upgrade to broadcaster Al Rayyan TV’s on-site studio. The new console replaces an existing analogue mixer, providing increased signal processing capabilities, improved connectivity between the desk and comms system in use and the capability to produce multiple mixes simultaneously.
‘Camel racing is a major part of Qatar's cultural identity and a source of national pride, which is why it is so important to produce a high-quality broadcast — for our own people and for the viewers in neighbouring countries,’ offered Richard Whiston, head of sound at Al Rayyan TV. ‘We needed a console that provided seamless connectivity, smooth mixes, and far more outputs than we had with our old console.
‘The Artemis' extra outputs let us produce simultaneous mixes for local and international TV and radio,’ he added. ‘The connectivity with our Overline and communications systems, alongside the signal-processing capabilities, has enabled us to produce a soundtrack that keeps the nation enthralled.’
The new desk at Al Shahaniya can be found in the sound control room which covers two studios, ambience from the track and commentary from a roving vehicle. The existing desk reportedly lacked the capability to send numerous mixes, so operators were relying on a submixer and patching to accomplish the task. With the Artemis, every input and output can be compressed and numerous mixes created simultaneously on one board.
‘The number of outputs has proven to be the most important part of the console,’ said Hamza Guerfala, sound engineer at Al Rayyan TV. ‘It gives us the flexibility to patch between sources and destinations quite easily, which speeds up our workflow considerably.’
The broadcaster has also purchased a second Artemis, due for deployment in a new OB truck that Al Rayyan will take delivery of in the autumn. It will cover a variety of programming including Qatar National Day and will also serve as an alternate control room.
‘The move from analogue to digital greatly improves Al Rayyan's ability to capture and transmit fantastic sound, and choosing the Artemis means they have plenty of resources and flexibility to do it smoothly and efficiently,’ said Anthony Harrison, international sales manager at Calrec Audio. ‘We're honoured that Al Rayyan has chosen Calrec to be such an important part of Qatar's national pastime.’