Archive for July, 2006

Custom Consoles completes major SMG contract

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

SMG, owner of broadcaster stv, has chosen Custom Consoles furniture for a large-scale studio installation. The contract forms part of a major investment in new technology at SMG’s recently-competed state-of-the-art headquarters in Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.

“The relocation from our former headquarters in central Glasgow provided the opportunity to upgrade our entire technical facility, from VT ingest right through to transmission,” comments Gary Welsh, Project Manager at SMG. “Using Custom Consoles Module-R and M-desk furniture, it was possible to configure desks and housings that matched our exact requirements from standard product designs. We had already invested in Custom Consoles System 2 desks and were impressed by their high build quality.”

Gary Fuller, Custom Consoles’ Sales Manager, adds: “This is another large contract demonstrating the cost savings and flexibility that the Module-R range offers. SMG’s re-equipped technical areas include VT acquisition, two production galleries, master control, transmission, three linear and five nonlinear edit suites, a VT logging area and additional furniture for Setanta Sport.”

The new master control room and transmission suite at SMG are a mirror-image design, separated from each other by a glass wall. Each incorporates a single-operator curved-L-shaped Module-R desk in front of Christie rear-projection monitor displays. Equipment storage cabinets are located at each end of both desks.

Production gallery 1 houses a 5-metre wide Module-R desk accommodating vision controller, control assistant, director, production assistant and producer. A vision mixer is recessed in front of the director. Positioned in parallel behind this desk is a 5-metre wide Module-R desk accommodating teleprompt operator, lighting controller and lighting assistant. A 5 metre wide Custom Consoles Media Wall houses multiple 23 inch LCD monitor panels.

An acoustically isolated sound control room within production gallery 1 is furnished with a Media Wall, Custom Consoles equipment racks and a 14U pedestal. The pedestal is located alongside an audio mixer desk to provide a script surface. Production gallery 2 is similarly furnished and has an additional three-seat Module-R desk used for robotic camera control.

VT acquisition is built around a 4 metre straight Module-R desk with triple racks at each end. Two Custom Consoles dual-surface Media-Desks plus two 27U equipment bays are located in the VT logging area. The rear section of each Media-Desk incorporates a 3U equipment pod. SMG’s three linear edit suites each have two Module-R desks housing a variety of tape-based postproduction equipment. These are supplemented by five disk-based edit suites, each with a System 2 desk for the editor and an M-Desk for the producer. Each System 2 comprises a main worksurface plus monitor shelf and and acoustic rack enabling fan-cooled equipment to be located relatively near production staff without causing significant aural distraction.

The Irish-based sports channel Setanta also has facilities within SMG, including two edit suites and a playout area. The edit suites have been furnished with a Module-R desk and two Media Desks.

SMG owns Scotland’s favourite peak time TV channel, stv, Virgin Radio, Pearl and Dean and Primesight.  stv incorporates two television services, one for the north of Scotland and one for central Scotland. Together, they carry 15 hours per week of dedicated regional programming to over 4.5 million viewers.  SMG’s television business also includes smg productions (makers of Taggart, Rebus, How2 etc.), Ginger Productions (Jack Osbourne Adrenaline Junkie) and SMG Solutions, which provides a diverse range of talented staff and facilities to support programme making and transmission.  In 2005, SMG Television achieved a 19% increase in operating profits by outperforming the rest of ITV and through developing the television business.

Now in its 10th year, Custom Consoles (www.customconsoles.co.uk) manufactures a broad range of studio and technical-support furniture including motorised, manually adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. The company is active worldwide.

Media contacts:

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

gary@customconsoles.co.uk