RTV Drenthe equips new OB Van with Yamaha’s QL1

New OB Van of RTV Drenthe with Yamaha mixing console

The new OB VAN of RTV Drenthe features a Yamaha’s QL1 digital mixing console.

RTV Drenthe is a regional broadcaster for the province of Drenthe, in north-east Netherlands, which covers 2700km2 and has a population of around 492000. The broadcaster is a long-term user of Yamaha digital mixing consoles, with a number of 01V96s used for live events and a DM2000 in its large DAF outside broadcast truck. It recently added a new, medium-sized Volkswagen OB van that includes a Yamaha QL1 digital mixer. Designed and built by the broadcaster’s own technicians, the van is specifically tailored to their needs: “As we have a long history with Yamaha mixers and our experience with them has always been positive and reliable, it made sense to look at Yamaha again for the new OB van,” says RTV Drenthe project manager Martijn Woering.

The QL1 was supplied with an MY16-AE AES/EBU interface for routing audio to the video-embedder, the Comrex audio codec and a GSM fork for telephone connections. A Tio1608-D I/O rack was also supplied, for routing the audio inputs to the console via Dante and outputs to in-ear monitors via beltpacks. Dante is also used for routing the intercom network between the RTV Drenthe production staff.

One of the regular television programmes that the new OB van is used on is weekly business talk show Ondernemen in Drenthe (Economics in Drenthe). Filmed on location at the picturesque De Havixhorst chateau hotel, near the town of Meppel, RTV Drenthe supplies all of the necessary technical facilities: “The QL1 sounds excellent and the Dan Dugan auto mixing is a big help for doing talk shows on location,” says Martijn. “It’s also very easy to use, being very similar to the older Yamaha mixers that all our engineers know so well. They can all get the most from the QL1 without any problems whatsoever.”

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