Gencom Technology LLC of Valley Stream, NY, has recently installed Soundcraft RM1ds digital on-air radio desks at two BBC News and World bureaus in Manhattan. One at the broadcaster’s new midtown studios and the other at the headquarters of the United Nations.
The two desks went in during full pro audio and video system upgrades for both of the bureaus, which took place on the heels of Gencom’s first installation project for the British broadcaster at the brand new BBC facility in Washington, DC.
The New York City news bureau, which shares its address at 33rd Street and Ninth Avenue with the Associated Press, Daily News and PBS affiliates Thirteen/WNET and WLIW, now boasts a newly-equipped news room, TV studio, single-camera self-operated TV studio, record bank, two edit suites, digital radio studio and self-op radio studio outfitted with a 12-fader Soundcraft RM1ds.
The second bureau, located in the Secretariat building of the United Nations complex at 46th Street and First Avenue, encompasses a newsroom, self-op TV studio and self-op radio studio, the last of which being home to a six-fader RM1ds.
"When evaluating equipment for projects such as this, we take many things into consideration–from portability, flexibility and performance of the products to manufacturer longevity and support," says Ray Kalo, Gencom’s vice president of sales. "The Soundcraft RM1ds more than satisfied each of our criteria. It’s a compact and feature-rich on-air desk that sounds nice and is very easy to maintain. Plus, since the BBC uses some Soundcraft products at its headquarters in the UK, the client was already familiar with the brand’s performance and reliability. As expected, they are very happy with the new desks."