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MICROPHONES SNG Megahertz has won a contract to integrate two new SNG trucks for STV in Scotland, one for Edinburgh and the other for Glasgow. The units are being built on Mercedes Sprinter vans, with additional coachwork by Megahertz. The unit for Glasgow carries more redundant equipment so is built on a 5 tonne chassis, the Edinburgh unit on a 3.5 tonne vehicle. The contribution feed from each van is via a 1.5 metre AvL Ku-band dish, with Adtec Digital encoding and roof-mounted 180W power amplifiers. The unit for Glasgow is also fitted with a 70cm Dawson Ka-band dish for IP connectivity, allowing journalists to log-in to STV’s iNews network. The Edinburgh unit is equipped with an LTE router for connecting to a mobile 4G network. The video and audio architecture includes Blackmagic Design hardware, Courtyard SPGs and Rohde & Schwarz test equipment. As well as RF connectivity to the camera, a Telecast Copperhead fibre system is also on board. STV will run acceptance tests in June and July. Audio supervisor/designer Bruce Arledge used 50 DPA d:screet 4061s during production of Grease: Live, a 180-minute television adaptation of the 1971 musical made for FOX in the US. The omnidirectional microphones were painted to match actors’ hair tones and then fitted underneath character wigs. “My audio assistants worked directly with the teams in wardrobe, hair and makeup to find an optimum place underneath the wigs to integrate the mics,” said Arledge. “Throughout this process, the sound quality captured by the d:screet 4061s remained flawless. During live performances, it is important to incorporate the mics as seamlessly as possible, even through multiple wig changes, and with the DPA mics I was able to do that.” KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 114 JUNE 2016 | 11