DUTCH STATION BROADCASTS LOUD AND CLEAR WITH MIDAS AND KT
Regional Dutch broadcaster Omrop Fryslan has purchased a Midas Heritage 1000 and two Klark Teknik Square ONE Dynamics units for its new OB truck from local distributor, Midas Consoles Benelux.
The Friesland-based broadcaster covers a wide range of events, including sports and live classical, orchestral, rock and pop music concerts, both for radio and audio for TV broadcasts.
“It was important that our new truck was multifunctional, with all the facilities we need for the diversity of jobs we cover on board,” says Martin Wijbenga, audio coordinator at Omrop Fryslan. “The choice of H1000 wasn't very difficult. We had been using a Midas XL2 in our old truck for 18 years, and it never let us down. When we decided to build a new truck we looked at many different consoles, analogue and digital, but from the beginning the H1000 felt right, and had all features we needed, particularly the 10 auxes, 10 subgroups and 10 VCA groups.
“Coming from an XL2, all our engineers can operate the H1000 almost straight away - a big plus! Furthermore, the new console has to work for another 18 years, so quality was a big issue. In our opinion a lot of the digital consoles on the market will not last this long in a moving truck, but we expect the H1000 to do this with no problem. And then there is the sound quality: digital gets better and better, but analogue is still the best! The H1000 has great EQ and lots of headroom. We asked Midas to put in a few fader start options which they were happy to do, and makes our lives a lot easier.”
One of the first jobs for the new truck was the Oerol festival on one of the Friesland islands, where Omrop Fryslan broadcast a live radio programme every day featuring a mix of reporters from all over the island, live music and audience interaction.
“The program was sent to the studio via ISDN, and compared to the previous shows, everything coming out of the new truck sounds more transparent and open,” says Wijbenga. “In my opinion the H1000 is responsible for that.”
Another summer event was the three-week Skutsjesilen where old sailing ships compete in daily races, with live coverage from contestants and reporters out on the water, plus a programme of live music. “Again everyone was happy with the H1000, for features like the great overview of all outgoing auxes and groups, quick access to parameters such as EQ and large headroom, which resulted in all the radio shows sounding good,” says Wijbenga.
Omrop Fryslan is also using two Klark Teknik Square ONE Dynamics units for recordings which require compression on incoming signals. “The engineer can patch the 16 compressors to any channel he likes, and signal can be compressed by several dBs without losing any quality,” says Wijbenga. “The compressors sound really great on vocals, especially in vintage mode, while instruments like guitars and bass can be given a small amount of compression to bring them more into the mix. We don't always know what the level and quality of the instruments will be, but using the Square ONE Dynamics gives the engineer a safety net. The compressors can handle a lot of signal before the sound deteriorates, and that is what we need in live situations.”