Silva chooses Studer for Martha Stewart

Head audio engineer for ‘The Martha Stewart’ show, Jorge Silva, has recently used Harman’s Studio Vista 8 as part of the show’s broadcasting process.

The Vista 8 Digital Live Production Console provides the show’s head engineer with the necessary tools to take care of the programme’s sound. When considering the design process of the Vista 8, and how it deals with the various challenges thrown at it by the broadcasting process, Silva offered: “When they designed the Vista 8, someone sat down and said, ‘how do we create this so that it makes sense to the operator that has to use the console under the time pressures of television production?’ Well, once you wrap your mind around it and see what television audio faces these days, you get the Vista 8.”

Silva recalls having to use other mixing and processing platforms prior to the Vista 8. “I remember having to piece things together to make them work, going on air with limited equipment and having to do hot switches during two-minute commercial breaks, crossing your fingers that it was going to work.

“Now we have unlimited resources and you can tailor the console to be more friendly to what you’re trying to do. You can build the console around each task. I do not want to go back to how it was before.”

The Vista 8 possesses a Vistonics user interface, which provides analogue console-like control and a display of all operating parameters. Its Control Bay design offers access to all faders in a small footprint, allowing for fixed install broadcast and OB van applications.