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Yamaha is the star of the show at Greek television stations

Jul, 2010

As well as live, installed and corporate sound, Yamaha pro audio equipment is just as at home in the broadcast environment. Three of Greece’s major television facilities are enjoying the benefits of this flexibility, Yamaha products playing key roles in their output.

Launched in 1993, The Star Channel features a mix of Greek and overseas programming and specialises, as its name implies, in celebrity and showbiz gossip, along with the kind of entertainment, lifestyle, fashion and cookery programming typically associated with the genre. The channel’s Star International arm also airs ‘best of’ Star Channel programming to Greeks in the Asia Pacific region, South Africa, Australia / New Zealand & North America.

Broadcasting 24 hours a day, the mixing consoles at Star’s Athens studios have to be ultra-reliable, so the company naturally chose Yamaha. The studios currently feature two PM1D and a PM5D-RH, all running V2 software, each featuring a full complement of eight in/eight out MY-8AEB digital i/o interface cards.

Broadcast has its own range of unique challenges but the Yamaha consoles are more than up to the task, as Star Channel’s studio and post-production manager, Vasilis Papaioannou, confirms, “We bought our first PM1D back in 2003 and, at the time, some consultants claimed that it is not a 100% broadcast console,” he says.

“In our experience, the system has proved over the years that it is more than suitable for broadcast applications. The Yamaha consoles offer all the channels and operational flexibility we need, together with exceptional quality audio and total reliability. 24/7 continuous operation is guaranteed, which is of paramount importance to us.”

Four Yamaha M7CL-48s and a PM5D are key elements at the studios of Alter Channel, an independent national television station renowned for its news, current affairs, chat show and children’s programming. Together with its Alter Globe service, which broadcasts to selected countries overseas, the company’s studios in the Athens suburb of Peristérion are in constant use, making reliability just as important as audio quality.

“The M7CL and PM5D consoles are the best audio mixers we have ever had for our broadcast applications,” says sound manager Alexandros Chiras. “Yamaha’s product philosophy and quality proves time and again to be the best solution in the extreme and demanding environments like ours.”

Television Enterprises SA (TVE) is another independent television production company and broadcaster, with a reputation for producing innovative and popular programming for the Greek and international markets.

The post-production suites at the company’s Paiania Studios demand the very highest quality, a fundamental part of which is a Yamaha DME-24N digital mixing engine with MY-8ADDA96 interface card. Supplied, as were the consoles for Star and Alter channels, by Philippos Nakas, the DME is used principally to mitigate delay in the suites’ HD monitors.

“Having sound and picture in perfect synchronisation is obviously fundamentally important for post-production. TVE needed an elegant solution which could satisfy all post-production needs, while being cost-effective, highly stable and delivering superb audio quality,” says Panos Kostalas of Nakas.

“The DME-24N solved all of the requirements, while also being flexible enough to satisfy a range of different demands, if needed.”


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