China’s CCTV using Pyramix, Horus for major world events

China’s state broadcaster CCTV has recently invested in Pyramix 10 systems from Merging Technologies.

When CCTV’s audio division works on large events and variety shows, live multi-track mixing is an extremely important part of the production process.

The broadcaster chose Merging’s Pyramix 10 with Horus networked audio interfaces to carry out long duration, high track-count multitrack recordings.

Last year in Beijing, CCTV conducted a Chinese folk song competition which for the first time utilised Pyramix V10 systems, recording 128 tracks for more than 12 hours uninterrupted. Having gained full confidence in the Merging equipment, last September in Hangzhou, CCTV once again chose Pyramix as the system to be used for the opening ceremony of the G20 summit (pictured below), which also featured 128 live tracks.

CCTV’s audio department recording engineer, Yuan Xuecheng stated: “Pyramix has a clever DSP architecture. It’s hardware, software and file format compatibility is very comprehensive. It has the ability to deliver stable ultra-long recording and playback of over 100 tracks and is able to handle all large and critical events. In addition, Pyramix provides us with an excellent compact audio interface, great clock for synchronisation and has a user friendly monitor control.”

CCTV are also commissioning a new OB truck that is based on a total IP solution for video and audio. The audio part will feature a console from Lawo and another Pyramix MassCore 128 as their main recording system.

Merging’s distributor for China is Merging Asia and its president, Weishen Xu, added: “We have many prestigious Pyramix users in China but it is a great honour to have CCTV trusting in our products. They are covering so many important events during the year and we are very pleased to hear these comments from the technicians and to see this new order confirming their faith in the reliability of Pyramix.”