FIRST NORTH AMERICAN ONAIR 3000 SOLD TO CBC SAINT JOHNJanuary 27, 2005
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CBC/Radio-Canada has just installed a new Studer OnAir 3000 Modulo at CBC Saint John (CBD 91.3 FM) in New Brunswick. This sale is particularly significant in that
it represents the first OnAir 3000 sold in North America.
The new 18-fader Studer desk is located in Studio B, CBC Saint John's primary on-air room, and employed to provide up to seven hours of original programming a day, including the local metro morning show nformation Morning and a provincial afternoon show, Main Street, which is broadcast to all of New Brunswick.
According to Gary Arsenault, plant manager, TV and radio for CBC Fredericton and Saint John, Studer's proven reliability was a key reason in selecting the OnAir 3000. "We have had a number of Studer 963 consoles here in New Brunswick and the Maritime region that have given us very faithful service for a dozen years, as well as OnAir 2000s in both Halifax and Charlottetown that have been equally dependable for
handling our Radio One programming needs. Consequently, we knew that the nAir 3000 would be a similarly robust choice. We see this new console as being a major initiative in allowing us to improve the quality and presentation of our programs, and we're excited to be using it."
For Bill Preeper, CBC Saint John senior maintenance technologist, the new desk's ability to be quickly configured for different users was another attractive feature. "This board can provide technicians with a tremendous amount of functionality to satisfy complex broadcast situations. And, with the push of a button, it can also be set up to operate in a very simplified manner for non-technical staff, such as our
journalists who will be using this desk quite regularly for doing
newscasts. That broad range of operation was imperative for us.
"The console's matrix also offers a lot of routing flexibility. Although the desk physically has only 18 faders, we have been able to connect 40 sources to the board, which saved us the expense and installation of an external routing switcher.
"Our previous on-air desk here at CBC Saint John wasn't a Studer, so I'm finally looking forward to not having to make any console repairs!" laughs Preeper. "Studer is well known for its craftsmanship and reliability, and I know that the OnAir 3000 is going to be a big improvement over what we were formerly using."
Studer Professional Audio GmbH, founded by Willi Studer in 1948 and headquartered in Regensdorf, Switzerland, is a leading manufacturer of digital and analog mixing consoles and other high-end products for broadcast and recording applications. The company's products are distributed in the US by Harman Pro North America (HPNA), which also
distributes products for Soundcraft. Distribution of Studer's products in Canada is handled by Studer Canada.
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