Archive for September, 2017

Custom Consoles Celebrates 21 Years of Studio Desk Innovation

Friday, September 29th, 2017

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Accompanying image shows the recently introduced EditOne-Radio desk.

 

 

Leighton Buzzard, UK, September 27, 2017 – Custom Consoles this year marks 21 successful years as a world-leading innovator in the design and production of broadcast control room desks and studio furniture. The anniversary was celebrated informally during the mid September International Broadcasting Convention.

“When we commenced operations in February 1996, our aim was to reduce the need for expensive tailor-made desks which added significantly to the cost of many broadcast studio projects,” comments Custom Consoles’ Managing Director Neil Reed. “We knew from our own background in broadcast systems design that studio furniture must conform to a wide range of parameters. It has to be robust enough to last at least the lifetime of the studio suite itself, typically five to seven years before the next major upgrade. Other vital issues were easy access for equipment installation and cable management, good ventilation, and good ergonomics for users working long shifts. Desks and related furniture must also fit the available space and be visually attractive enough to impress visitors, especially facility-house clients.”

“We introduced our first standard design in 1998,” details Custom Consoles’ co-founder and Business Director Graham Buchanan. “That was the System One fixed-height graphics desk and side-table, followed in 2000 by the motorised height adjustable System Two. In 2004 we added M-Desk which allows the desktop height to be adjusted between 660 and 900 mm using a retractable handle. Module-R, which followed in 2005, proved to be the most successful development in the company’s history because it gives system integrators the freedom to specify complete furniture configurations. Module-R is still going strong, based on a nominally standard range of desk sections, worktops, rear tops, end-panel modules, extruded legs and equipment storage pods. Cable management is integrated into all desk sections. In 2006 we added the Media Wall range of video and loudspeaker display mounts, again modular to match any size and scale, for control rooms, presentation suites and studio backdrops.”

Other significant Custom Consoles innovations included the EditOne post-production suite desk. Introduced in 2013, this went beyond traditional rectangular styling by using using sculpted MDF support panels rather than metal legs. Two years later, in 2015, a sister product to Media Wall was introduced: the free-standing MediaPost. This is intended for applications such as supplementary monitors in a control room, studio floor monitors, off-camera talent prompts or part of an in-view studio background.

At IBC 2017 Custom Consoles introduced the EditOne-Radio desk for use in radio interview suites, presentation studios and voiceover booths. EditOne-Radio can be configured to match a wide range of audio production environments including live radio broadcasting.

“Demand for technical furniture in the broadcast and independent studio sectors remains very strong in our European home markets, the Middle East, Asia and APAC,” adds Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “One of the highlights of 2017 was being chosen by Broadcast Center Europe to provide over 50 desks for the new RTL City complex in Luxembourg. RTL City is one of Europe’s largest broadcast media centres.”

“BCE were keen to source all the desks from a single supplier, keeping the task of equipment installation and wiring as consistent as possible. It was also a logical decision in terms of efficiency, future maintenance and unified visual styling. BCE made a very careful study of the available furniture products was made before choosing Module-R and EditOne desks. Samples were sent for evaluation and we also provided constructive ideas based on the high degree of design flexibility made possible by combining elements within the Module-R product range.”

“In recent years we have expanded into heavy duty technical furniture for the power industry. Among high profile projects in that category was technical control furniture from our SteelBase range for the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment at CERN’s experimental site on the Franco-Swiss border. The contract included the design and installation of desks for the LHCb main control room and the LHC cryogenics control room on site. It was followed early this year by a second technical control desk project for the CERN Heavy Magnet Testing control room.”

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 MediaWall Goes Live at London Studios of Al Sharqiya

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

See Custom Consoles on stand 8.B38 at IBC 2017, Amsterdam,September 15th-19th

 

 

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Accompanying image shows the Custom Consoles MediaWall at Al Sharqiya, fitted with 18 55-inch monitor screens.

 

London, UK, September 2nd, 2017 – Altered Images, a leading UK supplier of visual communications technology solutions, has completed a large Custom Consoles MediaWall for the London production centre of the Al Sharqiya satellite channel. The MediaWall is being deployed as an dynamic video background to the network’s news programmes.

“We operate six broadcast studios with a variety of video wall types,” says Al Sharqiya Group CTO Ahmed Bin-Afif. “This time it was a special requirement to create a curved video-wall with large screens. The Custom Consoles wall design if even more effective that we expected and is being used for a variety of shows, fed by a versatile server-based graphics system.”

“The challenge was to create a very wide curving display which the studio cameras would see as a convincingly real element of the studio presentation,” adds Altered Images’ Broadcast & Media Solutions Director Russell Butcher. “MediaWall offers a modular approach to multiscreen displays that we know from experience are configurable to practically any scale as well as being highly robust. The requirement in this instance was for a 6.7 metre wide backdrop in a concave configuration giving wide-angle production options. We designed the display based on three MediaWall support frames, each two metres wide. These support a total of 18 55-inch NEC X series monitors which are ideal for this application, including features such as an ultra-narrow edge bezel and high-contrast imaging. The display is augmented in this application by LED light-boxes with adjustable brightness and colour temperature.”

Custom Consoles’ MediaWall allows monitor displays of practically any width to be constructed from standard horizontal and vertical support elements. MediaWall 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. MediaWall is available in a silver-anodised or black-powder coated finish and in any specified element widths.

Al Sharqiya (www.alsharqiya.com), ‘The Eastern One’, commenced regular transmission on May 4th, 2004, as Iraq’s first privately owned satellite television channel. Its mixture of popular current affairs, satire and Iraq’s first reality TV programmes soon gained popularity. The channel has also gained a high reputation for its humanitarian assistance and charity work for cities all over Iraq.

Altered Images (www.alteredimagesltd.com) was established in 1996 and has developed into one of the UK’s major resellers of technology for the television production and corporate communications industry. The company has a deep understanding of the way visual communications technology works and how production professionals can get the best out of it. Altered Images can provide a complete solution from consultancy to design and installation, with full maintenance support from premises in Manchester, Nuneaton and Shepperton.

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. Celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2017, 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