Archive for January, 2016

Custom Consoles Introducing MediaPost and Latest EditOne Desk to Middle East Broadcasters at CABSAT 2016

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Custom Consoles’s MediaPost and the latest version of the EditOne desk make their first Middle East exhibition appearance at CABSAT 2016 in Dubai, March 8-10. Also being promoted will be the established and highly successful Module-R series client-configurable technical furniture and the Media Wall monitor display system. Exhibiting on stand ZM2-32 (Zabeel Hall), Custom Consoles will be represented by Neil Reed (Managing Director), Gary Fuller (Sales Manager) and Phillip Jameson (UAE-based Regional Sales Manager).
Custom Consoles MediaPost portable monitor mount


MediaPost is a free-standing portable monitor mount matching the styling and rugged build quality of the established MediaWall. MediaPost can be moved easily around a studio or used to supplement existing control room displays. It accommodates monitor panels of up to 65 inch diagonal screen size and auxiliary devices such as loudspeakers. Other applications include studio floor monitoring, script display prompts and in-view studio backgrounds.

Each MediaPost is constructed from extruded aluminium profiles, black or silver anodised, forming a rigid 1,806 millimetre high column. These are supported by a 700 mm wide x 590 mm front-to-back base fitted with rear wheels to allow easy positioning. The base and a middle-height equipment shelf are finished in a matte black powder coating. Loudspeaker mounts are available if required.

An optional horizontal beam matches the finish of the vertical columns. MediaPost is fully height-adjustable to ensure sight lines are optimised when using tilting screen mounts. Cables can be fully concealed behind removable covers. Like MediaWall, MediaPost comes with a two-year guarantee against component failure during normal use.
EditOne editing and graphics desk

Developed for use in video editing suites and broadcast graphics areas, the Custom Consoles EditOne desk goes beyond the traditional rectangular configuration by using sculpted MDF support panels rather than metal legs. The curved theme is carried through to the desktop and a raised monitor shelf. The new version has an enhanced surface finish while retaining the distinctive horizontal and vertical profiles which have made EditOne a popular choice for video and audio post-production suites. It follows the existing structural configuration but has powder-coated underside legs and pods. The work surface and shelf finishes are also enhanced, both now available with oak-effect foil applied by a thermoform press which follows the precise contours of the base it to which it is applied.

The entire EditOne range of furniture is designed for flat-pack delivery which allows very fast despatch to site. Assembly can be performed quickly and easily by the customer using the supplied Allen key and screwdriver. An on-site assembly service is available.

Front and rear corners of the EditOne desk and optional pedestal are curved, eliminating any possibility of collision with sharp protrusions and contributing to the ultra-modern styling. The worktop and monitor base have hard-wearing curved edges at front, sides and rear.

The EditOne desk incorporates three equipment pods with a collective nine units of rack space. These form the base of a monitor shelf. Full cable management is provided. Power distribution is optional. An auxiliary equipment pedestal with an additional 11U of rack space and an integral worktop can be supplied.
Module-R user-configurable technical furniture

Custom Consoles’ Module-R allows aesthetically attractive and long-life desks to be configured to meet specific shapes and dimensions from a selection of high-quality pods, base sections, 19 inch rack housings, worktops, end-panel modules and legs. Coordinated desk pods are available as single-bay sections with up 10U chassis capacity. Being based on standard-sized modules, furniture in this series can be modified easily by the client or system integrator at any stage during the lifetime of an installation. Module-R Lite is identical in design to the standard Module-R range but based on 930 mm front-to-back rather than 1,200 mm front-to-back desk dimensions.
Media Wall monitor display mounting system

Media Wall allows flat-screen monitor displays of practically any width to be constructed from standard horizontal and vertical support elements. It can be used as a fully self-supporting structure or coupled directly to the studio wall. Individual screens can be positioned so that their edges meet exactly to form a continuous horizontal display limited only by the boundary of the monitor panel itself. All wiring is fully concealed and can enter or leave the structure at any desired point. Media Wall is available in a silver-anodised or black-powder coated finish and in any specified element widths.
Custom Consoles

Founded in 1996, Custom Consoles Ltd ( 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:

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

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

Twenty Years at the Cutting Edge

Monday, January 18th, 2016

by Neil Reed, Managing Director, Custom Consoles

Published in the January 2016 edition of Broadcast Film & Video

The past 20 years have seen enormous changes in all aspects of the broadcast business, fuelled by progress in the wider world of electronics and computing. When Custom Consoles was founded back in February 1996, every television production gallery was illuminated by cathode-ray-tube monitor displays, file-based content management was still considered by many technicians as an unproven alternative to video tape, and fast programme delivery meant a guy on a motorbike.

In the technical furniture sector, system integrators faced the choice of commissioning expensive tailored-made desks or modifying general-purpose desks to accommodate vision mixers, audio panels, rack-mounted equipment, power supplies and the inevitable connecting cables. I will never forget seeing one early ‘high-end’ audio production desk whose designer had thoughtfully provided a cushioned leather wrist-rest along the entire front edge, forgetting that many of the operators would still be using razor blades to perform audio tape edits. Maybe that was 1986 rather than 1996 but you get the general idea: sliced leather.

We were running an SI company ourselves in those days and needed reliable furniture with inbuilt cable management, comfortable to use, robustly built and sensibly priced. It also had to look pretty in order to impress studio guests and, above all, potential studio clients. We became our own most demanding customer and eventually sold off the SI business to concentrate on what had at first been a sideline.

1998 saw the introduction of our first ‘standard’ design: the System One fixed-height graphics desk and side-table. Health and safety legislation was becoming increasingly strict with growing concern about employers’ responsibilities for repetitive strain injury so our thoughts were soon turning to practical ways of reducing RSI.
Motorised height adjustability

2000: We introduced the motorised height-adjustable System Two desk. Developed for use as an editing or graphics workstation shared by different staff, it allows operators to vary their working posture during the course of a working day. The design remained substantially unchanged until recently, when we added a new machine to our production resource portfolio. The worktops are now thermo-foiled to allow choice of finishes and reduced cost.

2002: We moved into our current premises at Leedon House, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, giving us 680 square metres of manufacturing space.

2004: The success of the motorised System Two convinced us that a lower-cost manually-adjustable height-adjustable desk would also prove popular. The result was M-Desk. The work-surface height can be set throughout the range of 660 to 900 mm using a telescopic crank handle that returns into the profile of the desk when not required. A variant of M-Desk designed for larger applications, Media Desk has a 1,800 mm width dual-level configuration with individual height-adjustment of the front and rear work surfaces. Media Desk’s raised rear platform matches the front-to-back compactness of LCD flat-screen displays. M-Desk and Media Desk were developed in co-operation with the Furniture Institute Research Association (FIRA) to ensure conformity with BS EN ISO 9241 recommendations and all relevant European standards.

2005: We expanded our headquarters to 1,180 square metres. Measuring 30 x 17 metres with a 3.5 metre ceiling height, the new production area is used for final-assembly. The extra space also allowed a larger demonstration area to be allocated for monitor screen supports and workstation accessories. With the aim of bridging the two techniques of customer-specific and standard-design furniture, we introduced the Module-R series which allows technical control desks to be produced to individual requirements from a range of desk pods, base sections, worktops, rear tops, end-panel modules and extruded legs. The desk pods are available as single sections with a choice of 3U, 6U or 8U chassis capacity. Cabinet construction is in high-quality painted-finished or maple-veneered MDF. Cable management is integrated into all desk sections.
Monitor Walls

2006: We launched the Media Wall. Designed to accommodate large or small arrays of flat-panel monitors and ancillary equipment, it incorporates height-adjustable horizontal beams suspended between 2.3M high silver-anodised (optionally black) aluminium supports. The beams are available in 1,500, 2,000 and 2,500 mm widths. Cable management is via both vertical and horizontal internal trunking. Equipment pods with 19 inch racking behind removable vented panels can be accommodated at floor-level.

2013: EditOne, introduced at IBC2013, goes beyond traditional rectangular styling by using using sculpted MDF support panels rather than metal legs. The curved theme is carried through to the desktop and a raised monitor shelf, both of which are optimised for a centrally seated operator. All furniture in the EditOne range can be shipped in compact flat-pack form for onsite assembly by customers or systems integrators, saving space, cost and delivery time.

2015: MediaPost, launched at IBC2015 is a free-standing portable mount capable of accommodating flat monitor displays of up to 65 inch diagonal screen size. Two MediaPosts can be coupled by a 3 metre wide horizontal beam supporting up to three 65 inch monitors in a single row. It is designed primarily for situations where our standard MediaWall would be too large. Applications include discrete monitors supplementing an existing monitor wall, studio floor monitors, off-camera talent prompts or part of an in-view studio background.
Ongoing demand

Demand for Custom Consoles desks continues at a strong level both in the European market and further afield. Activity during 2015 has included broadcast furniture for BBC Studios & Post Production at Elstree, ITN in London, TBN UK & Europe, a 28-desk flyaway fielded by Gearhouse Broadcast for the 2015 Australian Open Tennis, and major studio projects in Azerbaijan, Belgium and Holland.