New Audio Production facility for Swiss Broadcaster TSR

TSR Geneva audio post facilitySituated in one of the world’s most beautiful and peaceful regions Télévision Suisse Romande (TSR) is Switzerland’s National Public Broadcaster for the French speaking community. The TSR tower is the tallest building in Geneva and in 2005, a total, multi-year, asbestos-related tower overhaul necessitated the relocation of the station’s technical facilities to other buildings on the TSR campus. In conjunction with this new construction the entire technological infrastructure of the complex was overhauled to prepare TSR for full tape-less operation.

World-class studio and acoustical design firm WSDG-E, in Basel, the full-service European branch of New York based Walters-Storyk Design Group was chosen to design the new TSR audio production facilities. 

The new station’s audio production facilities consist of two large (40 sq. m; 400 sq.ft.) 5.1 control rooms, each with an attached Iso Booth. These are used for TSR’s in-house productions as well as for its DVD publishing arm and external clients. Additionally, two medium-sized (20 sq. m; 200 sq. ft.) multi purpose control rooms with a shared Iso Booth, six individual sound design suites and a large open office area, conference room and library for the station’s collection of over 40,000 CDs were created to complete the facility. 

The Swiss public broadcast world adheres to a number of specific internal room acoustics standards which provide precise guidelines in terms of room geometry, reverberation characteristics and loudspeaker positioning. These proprietary principles, which originate from the 1980s, have been configured with current ITU/EBU standards to address issues related to 5.1 production environments. After completion of the project, extensive acoustical measurements were performed throughout the facility and all control rooms display an acoustical behavior within the boundaries of the set ITU/EBU recommendations. 

As expected for contemporary broadcast facilities, the audio signal path is fully digital and centered around Swiss made Studer Vista 7 consoles. Stereo audio monitoring is provided byGenelec 8020A’s systems and the main recording and editing surface is Swiss made Merging Technology Pyramix DAW capable of recording and editing audio at both SACD and DVD-A resolution level.