A couple of big changes are coming to the Portland Media Center Control Room and Studio.
The Control Room is getting a major audio upgrade with the arrival of a Peavey FX2 24 Audio Mixer. The new mixer has an additional 8 channels providing more audio inputs for your productions. The new inputs will include dedicated 1/4" jacks for direct connection of amplifiers. There will also be an additional output for a second Floor Monitor speaker. Perhaps the most exciting feature are two built-in Digital Effects Processors so you can add effects, such as Reverb, from within the mixer.
Studio connection to the mixer will be via a new audio snake that will allow connections to Floor Monitors to be made directly to the snake instead of the wall patch panel.
The new mixer will require re-certification for anyone who runs the audio board for studio productions. Training will be a full review of the new mixer and will probably take 60-90 minutes.
In the studio, the Red Head lights will be replaced by Blizzard ProPar Z19 lights. As with the backlights installed last year these LED lights can produce any color directly via the panel in the Control Room. The lights also have remote Flood/Spot controls. These lights complete our transition of the main studio lighting to cooler and more versatile LED lights. Training will be required for anyone operating studio lighting but if you are familiar with how the backlights work learning the new lights should go quickly.