Custom Consoles Reports Strong Demand for Technical Control Desks

February 22nd, 2018

Image shows the recently introduced Custom Consoles EditOne-Radio desk.

 

Leighton Buzzard, UK, February 22, 2018 – Custom Consoles reports sustained high demand for technical furniture across the broadcast and and wider engineering control markets. The past year alone has included major projects for RTL City in Luxembourg, RT’s new production studios in Paris, EVS in Liège, TV3 in Dublin, Netherlands-based virtual reality studio Miraga3D and the London studios of satellite broadcaster Al Sharqiya. Custom Consoles also marked its 21st anniversary year with the introduction of the EditOne-Radio desk.

“We are seeing growing investment right across the broadcast media business as it responds to the opportunities created by technical advances such as IP-based interfacing, 4K ultra-high definition, high dynamic range and IPTV streaming,” says Custom Consoles’s Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “Demand for technical furniture in the broadcast and independent studio sectors remains very strong across Europe, Asia and Australasia.

“By far our largest project in recent months was for video display walls and very large number of studio desks at the new RTL City building. This was a greenfield-site development with technical facilities on three floors. We designed, manufactured and installed nearly 50 desks, five large MediaWall monitor mounting frames and about 20 standalone MediaPosts. Our systems integration partner in the project, Broadcasting Centre Europe, made a very careful study of the available furniture products before choosing Module-R and EditOne desks. Samples were sent for evaluation and we also provided constructive ideas based on the high level of design flexibility made possible by combining elements within the Module-R product range.

“We also completed a large-scale studio furniture project for global television news network RT. Located in Paris, this new facility was equipped with two master control rooms, engineering and audio control, audio post-production, two dubbing suites, an Avid ProTools suite, five edit suites, and a graphics suite. Completed in partnership with Megahertz, this was a mix of Module-R and EditDesks plus MediaWalls and MediaPosts.

“In the wider engineering control sector, we provided desks from our SteelBase-Lite series for a CERN control room assigned to heavy magnet testing. This was our second major order from CERN following the selection of SteelBase and Steelbase-Lite for the LHCb control room and cryogenics control room in 2016.”

“At IBC 2017 we introduced the EditOne-Radio desk for use in radio interview suites, presentation studios and voiceover booths,” adds Custom Consoles Managing Director Neil Reed. “EditOne-Radio can be configured to match a wide range of audio production environments including live radio broadcasting. Developed from our established EditOne edit suite desk, it shares the same modern styling and goes beyond traditional studio furniture construction by using sculpted MDF support panels rather than metal legs. Studio guest work surfaces can be attached to the left or right side of the EditOne-Radio desk, or on both sides, bridging across to an optional pedestal accommodating up to 11 rack units of equipment.”

Custom Consoles is now looking ahead to the two-day (March 6-7) SCTX show at the London Olympia exhibition hall where the company’s full range of control room desks and video monitor mounting systems will be promoted on stand D89.

Custom Consoles Ltd (www.customconsoles.co.uk) is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design facilities, computer-controlled cutting machinery and a thermoform press. These resources provide the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. Custom Consoles’ clients include broadcasters, production and post production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

 

Contacts for further information

Newsmedia support: David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
Tel: +44 (0)1342 311 983 | Email: stylusmedia@gmail.com

Custom Consoles: Gary Fuller
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909

Custom Consoles Ltd, Leedon House, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909 | Fax: +44(0)1525 370 237
Web: www.customconsoles.co.uk

 

Custom Consoles Desks Chosen for RT’s New Paris Production Studios

January 24th, 2018

 

Image shows Custom Consoles desks and 5 metre wide Media Wall in MCR A at the new RT studios in Paris.

 

Paris, France, January 24, 2018 – Custom Consoles, working in partnership with UK based broadcast system integrator Megahertz Ltd, has completed a large-scale studio furniture project for global news network RT. Located in Paris, the new facility includes two master control rooms, engineering and audio control, audio post-production, two dubbing suites, an Avid ProTools suite, five edit suites, and a graphics suite.

“Key elements of this very high profile project included robust construction, ergonomic excellence, easy access to equipment for routine maintenance, and attractive styling,” comments Megahertz Ltd operations manager Nigel Smith. “Custom Consoles excels in all these respects. Its Module-R series formed a basis on which we could plan precise desk configurations needed to match each specific role, with Media Wall and MediaPost providing similar design flexibility for the various monitor screen displays. EditDesk also proved ideal for the post-production and graphics suites. Delivery timescale was a crucial factor as this was a new build completed on schedule to go on air in December 2017.”

MCR A is equipped with a five-seat Module-R production desk facing a 5 metre wide Media Wall. Additional desks at the rear are provided for sound director, news organiser and support engineer.

MCR B incorporates a similar production desk and Media Wall combination plus three-seat and two-seat auxiliary control desks positioned in a U formation. All six desks are equipped with supplementary equipment pods and monitor display mounts.

Engineering and audio control comprises three desks positioned in an L configuration. Largest of these is the chief engineer’s desk which faces two 42 inch displays on side-by-side MediaPosts. To its right is a single-bay sound engineering position. Facing the left-hand wall is a two-seat camera control Module-R desk with each operator facing a MediaPost-mounted 55 inch display screen. CCU panels are housed in two groups along the desktop.

“For the audio post facility we selected an EditDesk specially expanded to accommodate a ProTools control panel embedded in the work surface,” Nigel Smith adds. “The EditDesk is fitted with two 3U-high equipment pods which are positioned left and right of the ProTools panel. Three monitor displays on operator-adjustable arms are mounted on the left-hand pod, connected to incoming feeds and to a floor-level computer adjacent to the left-side support pillar.”

“Standard EditDesks proved ideal for the five edit suites, each including an 11U high side pod to house a computer and auxiliary equipment. These desks are fitted with three monitor displays and two powered near-field monitor loudspeakers, all on adjustable mounting arms. We also recommended EditDesks for the six graphics positions, positioned in three-wide back-to-back rows. These are fitted with a desk-mounted computer monitor and loudspeakers in various combinations, the sixth position currently being a non-assigned spare.”

“Single-person and dual-person desks with sound-absorbent work surfaces have been provided for the dubbing suites. Each of these incorporates a 6U equipment pod in 2 wide x 3 high configuration plus two adjustable arms supporting a monitor display and microphone respectively.”

RT (www.rt.com) is a global TV news network that broadcasts 24/7 in English, Arabic, Spanish and French from its studios in Moscow, Washington DC, London and Paris. 70 million people in 38 countries watch RT channels every week. 35 million watch RT daily. RT is among the top five most watched international TV news channels in the US, with a weekly audience of more than 8 million viewers (Ipsos). It is also the most watched TV news network on YouTube with more than 5 billion views. RT is the winner of the Monte Carlo TV Festival Award for best 24-hour broadcast, and the only Russian TV channel to be a five-time Emmy finalist for news programming.

Megahertz (www.megahertz.co.uk) designs, engineers and delivers turnkey systems to the world’s leading broadcasters, content owners and media service providers. As a leading systems integrator, its expert team of skilled engineers and solutions architects, drawn from both broadcast and IT backgrounds, ensures a creative, forward-thinking, independent and highly efficient approach. Megahertz provides dynamic and resilient systems for news and sport production, state-of-the-art studios and advanced file-based workflows, as well as fully equipped vehicles for outside broadcast and newsgathering. The company also provides consultancy, training and support services. With a reputation for excellence since 1982, Megahertz continues to deliver value-added engineering solutions worldwide.

Custom Consoles Ltd (www.customconsoles.co.uk) is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design facilities, computer-controlled cutting machinery and a thermoform press. These resources provide the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. Custom Consoles’ clients include broadcasters, production and post production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

Contacts for further information

Newsmedia support: David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
Tel: +44 (0)1342 311 983 | Email: stylusmedia@gmail.com

Custom Consoles: Gary Fuller
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909

Custom Consoles Ltd, Leedon House, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909 | Fax: +44(0)1525 370 237
Web: www.customconsoles.co.uk

Custom Consoles to Show Latest Advances in Security Control Solutions at SCTX

December 18th, 2017

Accompanying simulation shows the SteelBase desk to be provided by Custom Consoles for the Integrated Security exhibit at SCTX.

Leighton Buzzard, UK, December 18800px Custom_Consoles_SteelBase_control_desk, 2017 – Custom Consoles will promote its full range of security control room desks and video monitor mounting systems at the Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX) , London Olympia, March 6-7, 2018.

Exhibiting on stand D89, the company will be represented by Neil Reed (Managing Director), and Gary Fuller (Sales Manager).

Central feature of the Custom Consoles exhibit will be a SteelBase-Lite desk. This can be configured to provide an ergonomically efficient working environment for any size of control room. In addition Custom Consoles are also providing a control desk from its SteelBase range for the Integrated Security exhibit which will be one of the main features at the show.

Widely used in defence, surveillance and critical process control applications where they can be specified for single-operator or multi-operator environments. SteelBase desks are built on 19 inch steel base frames. Desktops are surfaced in a choice of hard-wearing laminate or marmoleum. Additional design features of the range include hinged removable access doors, 19 inch equipment racking, sliding equipment trays, heavy cable management, PC sliding mounts, power distribution and data panels, and variable-speed ventilation fans. Worktops can be rectangular or curved, including angled or curved corners and optional curved-front-profile side panels. All elements of the desks are guaranteed against component failure for five years of normal use. SteelBase has been tested by FIRA and certified to conform to ISO9241 part 5, ISO11064 Part 4, EN527 Part 1, 2 and 3.

Steelbase-Lite is a compact and cost-efficient variant. Each unit incorporates a PC storage base with two hinged removable access doors at front and rear. All doors have ventilation ports running almost the full height. Each SteelBase-Lite desk unit is equipped with cable management ducts plus easy cable access from the computer housing via a brush strip running the full width of the worktop. Adjacent to this is a video display support frame with two VESA monitor mounts which attach to height-adjustable horizontal aluminium-frame beams. Robust steel arms and profiled legs integrated with the main desk unit give SteelBase-Lite very high strength and rigidity.

“We will also be promoting our wider product ranges including Module-R desks as well as our Media Wall and MediaPost video display mounts,” Gary Fuller comments. “Module-R and Media Wall have proved highly successful in the broadcast market, particularly for use in master control rooms. Module-R gives customers the freedom to specify control desks from a standard range of mix-and-matchable elements without incurring the expense of tailor-made furniture. Media Wall provides similar versatility in the specification and installation of flat-screen video display panels which can be provided in practically any required size. Like all our products, Media Wall and the recently introduced standalone MediaPost incorporate reflect our careful attention to detail in aspects such as cable management.”

Custom Consoles Ltd (www.customconsoles.co.uk) is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design facilities, computer-controlled cutting machinery and a thermoform press. These resources provide the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. Custom Consoles’ clients include broadcasters, production and post production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.
Contacts for further information

Newsmedia support: David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
Tel: +44 (0)1342 311 983 | Email: stylusmedia@gmail.com

Custom Consoles: Gary Fuller
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909

Custom Consoles Ltd, Leedon House, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909 | Fax: +44(0)1525 370 237
Web: www.customconsoles.co.uk