Tuesday, 9 January 2001
The Weakest Link, BBC Television’s most talked-about quiz show, is the latest assignment for the TardiS - Total Audio Solutions’ radical new digital audio mobile. The task of providing technical facilities for the popular series, which is recorded at Magic Eye Studios near Wimbledon, was given to Picture Canning, who turned to Total Audio for the audio provision. At the heart of the TardiS mobile is a Sony DMX-R100 digital mixing console - the first in the UK to be installed in a mobile facility. This is equipped with a combination of local and remote mic preamps to offer a total of 48 microphone lines, enabling it to cover every eventuality. The TArdiS is also equipped with a 32 track 24-bit/48kHz Tascam DA78HR recoder, as well as a pair of Sony 4-head PCM-700 DAT machines. Monitoring is by PMC, while effects are courtesy of a Sony DRE-S777 sampling reverb processor and DPS-V77 effects unit. CDP-D11 and MDS-E11 CD and MiniDisc units are also incorporated, each requiring just 1U of rack space. The Weakest Link is equipped entirely with Sony WRT-860 and WRR-850 radio microphone transmitters and receivers, a system that Picture Canning uses widely for wet and dry hire. Our picture shows Conrad Fletcher at the controls of the DMX-R100.