Vancouver 2010: Finnish Broadcasting Company Taps Wohler Audio Monitors

Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) has deployed seven of Wohler Technology’s AMP2-16-3G monitors to enable simultaneous real-time monitoring of 16 audio channels of 3G HD-SDI feeds during the Vancouver Winter Games. Installed at YLE’s Helsinki, Finland, facility and OB van, the compact Wohler systems offer powerful monitoring capabilities, a highly configurable interface, and wide set of features.

“The AMP2-16-3G provides audio monitoring in a compact, convenient design that streamlines monitoring in the fast-paced live sports production environment,” says Matti Helkamaa, senior technical advisor for YLE. “Going into the Vancouver Games with a complex signal-gathering setup, we know we can rely on Wohler monitors to provide uncompromising reliability and flexibility, all of which are essential to the success of our remote broadcast model.”

To keep costs down, YLE has sent a reduced staff to the Games and are routing all commentary and intercom signals from Whistler and Vancouver to Helsinki for production and mixing. Systems integrator Noretron Broadcast supplied and integrated the Wohler AMP2-16-3G units. Installed along with systems in YLE’s Studio 25 and HD-1 OB van, these units not only support versatile monitoring of signals from an EVS farm, but also enable insertion of the intercom signal into headsets along with the HD-SDI input for added monitoring convenience.

The AMP2-16-3G monitor from Wohler is the first to enable continuous and simultaneous real-time level metering for 16 channels of audio, metadata display, and loudness metering. Options include 3G, HD/SD-SDI, AES, analog cards, and system-wide Dolby D, E, and DD+ upgrades. The intuitive interface, complete with an integrated help system, allows users to manage presets, channel clusters, and mixing and routing.

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