dB Broadcast, the UK’s leading system integrator, has completed a multi-phase upgrade to The Hospital Club’s Studio facilities in central London. The studio and control room support the latest 3G HD-SDI video format productions, and provide a future upgrade path to 4K.
Hospital Club Studio gets major upgrade from dB Broadcast
The Hospital Club Studio is a centre for London's creative community, located in Covent Garden. It offers state of the art studio facilities for live or pre-recorded productions for customers such as ITV, BBC, Sky and Channel 4, and houses a 2,700 ft² / 250 m² television studio, screening room, live performance space, lounges and gallery over seven floors.
dB Broadcast was selected to complete the high profile upgrade to the studio facilities to support the latest video formats, and this was planned in two phases. The time available to complete each phase was very tight in order to minimise downtime and impact on the busy studio schedule.
In the first phase, completed in just two weeks, the control room received an upgrade with HD and 4K-capable equipment, including Sony MVS7000 4M/E Production Switcher, Grass Valley Kaleido-X multiviewer with 5x NEC 55” displays. Lund Halsey was engaged to upgrade the technical furniture.
Phase two saw the subterranean studio facilities upgraded with 5x Sony HDC-2400 cameras, plus additional infrastructure to enable up to three additional cameras to be hired in, meaning the facility can be used for productions with up to eight cameras in total. Technical monitoring in the control room was upgraded with Sony PVM-A170 OLED professional grade monitors. The apparatus room was upgraded for SMPTE hybrid fibre cabling.
This phase was completed during a holiday period, and in time for productions to recommence just four weeks later.
“We are delighted with our new state of the art studio and control room upgrades”, said Samantha Dunlop, Head of Studios at The Hospital Club. “dB Broadcast has used its expertise to design and implement a facility that provides the best of today’s technology with the potential to adapt as standards change.”
“dB’s approach of assembling and thoroughly testing equipment on our own premises prior to shipping to site enabled us to minimise disruption to the client and to ensure a smooth introduction“, said Tom Swan, Sales & Marketing Director.
About dB Broadcast
dB Broadcast (dB) is the UK’s largest and most successful independent systems integrator, and is expert in solutions design, systems build and integration, migration and support for both traditional and new technology broadcast systems.
dB is independent of hardware and software vendors and represents a centre of excellence for the delivery of modern day, fit for purpose broadcast systems. Consultancy and after-sales support are an increasing part of dB’s portfolio of services.
dB also designs and manufactures products for the broadcast industry including: Cardinal range of mains distribution units (MDUs), Hawkeye for switching and monitoring all types of broadcast signals, MERlin DVB-T2 and DVB-T monitoring receivers, Showman multi-standard analogue TV receiver/demodulator and bespoke products to a customer’s specific requirements.
With purpose-built headquarters in Cambridgeshire UK, dB has approximately 20,000 square feet of space for prefabrication and test of customer systems.
About The Hospital Club Studios
The Hospital Club TV and Music Studio is an established, state-of-the-art TV studio in Covent Garden, London. It is perfect for live or pre-recorded productions, boasting HD, SD and multi-track music recording capability, a floating floor, a full lighting rig, luxury green rooms and make-up facilities, production office, plus access to the club spaces and boutique hotel rooms if desired. The studio measures at 2,700 ft²/ 250 m² and is situated two floors below street level for ultimate privacy.
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