At the start of 2013, BCE at RTL City was a hole in Luxembourg’s ground. In less than four years the facility was on air broadcasting 35 different channels across Europe and Singapore. Costas Colombus is BCE’s Special Projects Manager and gave The Broadcast Bridge a unique insight into how they made this mammoth installation work, including describing the issues and how they overcame them along the way.
In the second article, Frank Beacham reviews the audio industry’s transition from analog to digital-based recording. Some 38 years later, the audio Golden Ears purists still debate the issue.
Transitioning to IP is a major challenge for any broadcaster, especially when moving an existing facility. BCE’s wish was to be format agnostic and ready for future technologies such as 1080P, 4K and HDR. Preliminary requirements dictated the system should be flexible, scalable, redundant and reliable.
Aspirations for us all, but often difficult to achieve. Cable installation was identified as a major area for cost savings so fiber was used extensively. To de-risk reliance on a single supplier, multiple vendors and COTS equipment was used wherever possible. Learn how the experts at one of Europe’s newest and high-technology broadcast centers made the transition to an IP-centric facility.
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Since Ry Cooder released the first U.S. recorded digital album of popular music in 1979, the arguments over which kind of recordings are best — analog or digital — have raged on. Each side has diehard proponents and are unyielding in their beliefs.
However, from the beginning of digital, there has been a vocal group of recordists who have stuck with analog and swear by it for the best audio quality. They mainly record music, but some proponents of analog technology are still found in all types of audio recording.
The Broadcast Bridge audio expert, Frank Beacham, provides a review of some differences between analog and digital. The debate continues.
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