The recent investment in Yamaha’s QL1 digital mixing console made the Netherlands’ RTV Drenthe highlights the need for capable but compact footprint systems in local broadcasters generation of content specifically aimed at local populations.

Yamaha QL1 digital mixing console Serving the province of Drenthe in Northeast Netherlands – which covers 2,700km2 and has a population of around 492,000 – RTV Drenthe is based in the provincial capital Assen, where has 82 full-time employees and a pool of more than 60 freelancers. Its content mainly comprises local news, interviews, music and talk shows, broadcasting 24 hours of radio a day, a repeated 30 minutes of television, and webcasting.

The broadcaster is a long-term user of Yamaha digital mixing consoles, with a number of 01V96s for live events and a DM2000 in its large DAF outside broadcast truck. It recently added a new, medium-sized Volkswagen OB van – which has the advantage that it can be driven on a normal driving licence – featuring a Yamaha QL1 digital mixer. Designed and built by the broadcaster’s own technicians, the van is specifically tailored to their needs.

‘As we have a long history with Yamaha mixers and our experience with them has always been positive and reliable, it made sense to look at Yamaha again for the new OB van,’ says RTV Drenthe Project Manager, Martijn Woering. ‘We spoke to Rob Kuenen of Winterswijk-based systems integrator Soundsolution and he showed us the many features of the QL range. The facilities and small footprint of the QL1 were exactly what we needed, so it was an easy choice.’

The QL1 was supplied with an MY16-AE AES/EBU interface for routing audio to the video-embedder, the Comrex audio codec and a GSM fork for telephone connections. A Tio1608-D I/O rack was also supplied, for routing the audio inputs to the console via Dante and outputs to in-ear monitors via beltpacks. Dante is also used for routing the intercom network between the RTV Drenthe production staff.

One of the regular television programmes that the new OB van is used on is weekly business talk show Ondernemen in Drenthe (Economics in Drenthe). Filmed on location at the picturesque De Havixhorst chateau hotel, near the town of Meppel, RTV Drenthe supplies all of the necessary technical facilities. Using the Tio1608-D makes it simple to feed the outputs of multiple wireless microphones to the van via a single Dante cable.

‘The QL1 sounds excellent and the Dan Dugan auto mixing is a big help for doing talk shows on location,’ Woering says. ‘It’s also very easy to use, being very similar to the older Yamaha mixers that all our engineers know so well. They can all get the most from the QL1 without any problems whatsoever.’

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