Mormon Tabernacle Choir for First Complete 5.1 Surround Sound Broadcast

Newly Installed System 5-BP EuCon Hybrid Console Joins Four More Avid Systems Selected by LDS Ch

Las Vegas, NV, USA – April 16th 2007

Avid today announced that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mixed its first complete multi-track broadcast in 5.1 surround sound during the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Easter Weekend celebrations. After two years of massive renovations, the world-famous Tabernacle opened its doors to worshipers around the globe marking the first use of the church's latest Avid addition, the 32-fader System 5-BP digital mixing console with new EuCon DAW control.

The System 5-BP allows operators to mix and manage live, high-definition, surround-sound broadcasts in addition to post-production recordings. The System 5-BP model includes redundant power supplies and DSP for on-air, but includes machine control and automation for audio-post use. Thanks to the EuCon high-speed Ethernet protocol integrated into the Tabernacle's System 5, the choir's audio engineers bring tracks from Pro Tools and Nuendo digital audio workstations (DAWs), as well as DSP channels, directly onto the console surface for mixing. The LDS church chose the EuCon Hybrid option to ensure the consoles could perform post-production work when not being used for on-air broadcasts.

The new System 5 joined four other Avid consoles owned and operated by the LDS church, including two 32-fader System 5 consoles for HD production from the Conference Center, another 32-fader System 5 for the Temple post-production studio, and one 24-fader System 5 for the Brigham Young University motion picture studio.

The Tabernacle, a community-based religious, cultural and arts center for more than 100 years, has undergone an extensive two-year seismic upgrade. Church missionaries still show off the Tabernacle's acoustics by literally dropping a pin.

The Tabernacle has been home to many firsts since construction began in 1865. The first radio broadcast with a single microphone premiered in the Tabernacle. Since 1929 the choir has performed a weekly radio broadcast called Music and the Spoken Word, which is the longest running continuous network broadcast in the world. The show has been televised since the early 1960s and is now broadcast worldwide through some 1,500 radio, television and cable stations.

The Tabernacle has been home to many firsts since construction began in 1865. The first radio broadcast with a single microphone premiered in the Tabernacle. Since 1929 the choir has performed a weekly radio broadcast called Music and the Spoken Word, which is the longest running continuous network broadcast in the world. The show has been televised since the early 1960s and is now broadcast worldwide through some 1,500 radio, television and cable stations.

As part of the order two DF66 DSP SuperCores will replace the primary signal-processing engine and router currently in the Tabernacle's System 5 console. Once installed, the secondary DSP SuperCore will mirror the primary unit to offer 100% redundancy. If the main unit fails, the processing seamlessly switches to the backup unit for all MADI I/O, router and DSP processing - the industry's first digital signal processing audio solution with total system redundancy.