Ireland’s TV3 Changes the Furniture with Custom Consoles

Custom Consoles has completed and delivered new technical furniture for a newly designed studio desk for Dublin-based television broadcaster TV3 Group. The project included two large production control desks plus a single-operator sound control desk with a large integrated audio mixing panel. All three desks are based on the Module-R product series.

Simon Dowling, head of engineering at TV3, said the Custom Consoles' Module-R series modular architecture gave them the freedom to specify exactly the technical control furniture they needed from standard elements. This flexibility was important because content from the refurbished studio can go to air on any of the TV3 Group's channels TV3, 3e and be3.

“The desks form part of a major upgrade to the program origination capabilities in our busiest studio,” said Dowling. “The two production control desks are arranged as a conventional front and back parallel pair.”

At the front is a 5.6 meter-wide control desk that is designed for use by five operators. These consist, from left to right, of producer, PA, director, vision control and autocue controller. The vision control position is equipped with a Sony MVS-7000X mixer embedded into the main working surface. Eight 3U-high equipment bays are positioned so that the front panels are within easy reach just across the worktop. Ten monitor screens are mounted on Ergotron operator-adjustable arms along the rear edge of the desk. 



The rear desk is slightly wider, at 5.7 meters, and is also intended for use by a five-strong team. TV3 wanted a configuration that allowed staff to operate an on-air graphics controller, an ENPS hot desk, EVS slow motion control, lighting control, camera control and, at the right, camera robotics. The design specified eleven 3RU-high equipment bays occupying the full width of the desk, in the same rear-of-desktop sloping configuration as the front desk.

An ETC Element 60 lighting control panel, Sony MSU-1000 master camera control panel, multiple Sony RCP-1500 camera control panels and a Ross Robotics control panel are integrated into the worktop. Ten monitor display screens on adjustable arms are positioned along the rear. 



The flexibility built into the system design and console layout allows for easy moving around of operators, depending on production requirements. This was important to the future-proofing of the studio control area.

The audio desk is centered on a Studer Vista 5M3 console and has a 13 RU floor-to-desktop equipment pod on the right-hand side surmounted by an 8 RU pod. The audio desk is 3.1 meters wide and includes space for Genelec near-field monitor loudspeakers on the work surface.  All three desks are finished in oak veneer with Marmoleum work surfaces, black bullnose edging and black PVC edging. 

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