Custom Consoles highlights success in broadcast media training sector
Custom Consoles reports strong demand for studio control desks and monitor display walls in the broadcast media training sector, fuelled by major upgrades at some of the UK’s leading universities. Projects completed in recent months include Module-R Lite desks for a new state-of-the-art Broadcast Zone at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Journalism Studies. The desks forms part of a production suite which also includes a multi-camera HDTV studio, voiceover booths and a radio studio.
A large Custom Consoles Module-R production desk, MDesks and MediaPosts are being installed in a new television studio gallery currently under construction at another leading UK Midlands university campus. The production desk is a wide rectangular design facing two Custom Consoles MediaPost monitor mounts which are combined to form a 4 metre wide display wall. These support 50 inch LCD video screens and monitor loudspeakers. Two additional MediaPosts are separately located for viewing by students.
“Other recent educational-sector projects include a large installation newly completed for a major university near Manchester,” adds Custom Consoles’ sales manager, Gary Fuller. “This comprises a 3 metre wide five-bay inline desk with a dual MediaPost monitor wall. Further south, in London, we are currently completing a studio furniture installation including nine EditOne desks and a three-bay inline Module-R.
“We also provided a suite of technical furniture for Southampton University. Working in partnership with Alton-based systems integrator Broadcast Networks, this project included a control suite and support facilities for each of two vehicles required to control flying drones and other forms of robotic device. The challenge was to fit four control and video monitoring positions into each of two Mercedes Sprinters. Each operator has access to a 24 inch video display and a 1 rack unit control panel set into the desk top. Key considerations were obviously good ergonomics, robust construction, attractive styling and avoidance of excessive weight. This solution proved effective on every count.
“Our desks and monitor display mounts are popular in the education sector because students progressing into the broadcast industry will find exactly these products used at almost every studio site they visit. The broadcast industry in turn chooses Custom Consoles furniture for its good ergonomic features, robust build, attractive styling, integral cable management and aggressive pricing. Module-R is particularly successful because customers or systems integration partners can specify tailor-made solutions from a cost-efficient range of standard elements, including the option of height adjustability.”