Megahertz to Showcase One-of-a-Kind, All-IP OB Truck at IBC 2019

Posted on: 18th Jul 2019

One-of-a-Kind, All-IP OB Truck
18-tonne luxury OB truck

London, UK, 19 July, 2019: Megahertz Ltd, the trusted partner for systems integration with years of experience in delivering cost effective, imaginative designs and solutions for fixed and mobile applications, will be showcasing Spiritland Productions' one-of-a-kind, large format, versatile sound and video outside broadcast (OB) truck at its IBC stand 12.F20, between 13-17 September, 2019 (Rai, Amsterdam, Netherlands).

Based on an 8.5m box-body Mercedes Benz Antos rigid chassis with coachbuilding handled by Spectra Specialist Engineering Ltd., Spiritland Productions' bespoke truck contains an end-to-end IP infrastructure. Audio runs entirely on a Dante Network, which is truly cutting edge for an OB of this specification and size. The truck is Dolby Atmos capable and was designed in collaboration with Dolby in order to provide the best possible monitoring and mix environment for live music.

The Megahertz-built luxury mobile production vehicle, named 'Spiritland One', was delivered to the broadcast audio specialist in early June, and went on the road following just one week of successful testing, covering a week of live television and radio broadcasts on BBC4, BBC Radio3 and BBC Radio Wales for the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. From there it was put to use as a post production mix facility for a large-scale BBC Radio2 concert, and, at time of writing, it is currently being used for record and live mix of a Burt Bacharach special concert at the Hammersmith Apollo.

"What we most enjoy about working with Megahertz is their precision and attention to detail, as well as their level of knowledge and transparency when it comes to recommendations and guidance on manufacturers. They truly wanted us to make the absolute most of our investment," said Gareth Iles, co-founding director of Spiritland Productions. "Having a truck working on an end-to-end IP infrastructure is incredibly efficient, not only in terms of reducing the amount of equipment we work with, but also in terms of time saved at the venue which allows us to focus our energies on creating a better sounding product."

Drawing on the team's vast experience of large OB, Spiritland Productions requested top of the range equipment for the truck, including an SSL System T broadcast audio production desk and console, Barefoot speakers and the KH range of Neumann monitors. The vehicle carries 128 SSL mic amps as standard, an Optocore stage system that runs both Dante and Riedel Bolero communications network, as well as eight stage MADIs that can be plugged straight into devices for greater streamlining.

"We had 18 tonnes to play with and unusually, for an audio OB truck, the majority of the weight is proportioned to the sound proofing. If we were trying to achieve this with traditional technologies, the facilities would have cost 50% more, and we would have needed a lot more space. IP-based technology is a game changer and in choosing to partner with Megahertz, we are confident the truck will continue to fulfil the technical and ergonomical requirements both now and for our customers of the future."

Unsurprisingly Spiritland Productions, as experts in their field, delivered a clear brief regarding equipment selection and layout, including the all-IP infrastructure and flexible working positions within the truck. However, taking full advantage of Megahertz's consultancy, design and build services, the collaboration has achieved an outstanding output for both parties.

"These types of projects, where the production company is thinking holistically about the vehicle's ergonomics, working environment, green credentials, brand and style, on top of such an advanced technical spec, don't come around very often," said Jon Flay, managing director, Megahertz. "We're honoured to be a key partner in this endeavour with Spiritland Productions."

With Spiritland Productions heritage set firmly from the infamous Spiritland recording studios in Central London, the aesthetics of the truck were critical.

Spiritland Productions worked with Megahertz and coachbuilder, Spectra Specialist Engineering Ltd., to carefully spec and install high-quality furnishings and luxury materials into the truck, ensuring the output met the expectation and range of the high calibre of guests using the facility both now and in the future. To maximise the functionality of the interior, the layout is designed to include a removable sofa and table in the guest seating area, making the space much more versatile by increasing its size - and offering the ability to add video mixing when necessary.

Spiritland Productions already have a packed 2019, and in its first year on the road the all-IP OB truck is expected to cover some of the UK's most high-profile festivals and concerts for both live television and radio, as well as major sporting hospitality events in Europe.

To experience Spiritland One in its full glory, please visit Megahertz's IBC stand 12.F20 (Rai, Amsterdam 13-17 September).


What our customers say...

  • "The two trucks you built are the best money this company has ever spent. Other companies including BT sport are hiring us out now, that's never happened before."

    5 out of 5

    Edward ODonnell - STV

  • "Thank you; your team has built us an outstanding Satellite, production vehicle that will move us forward into the changing market place."

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    Andrew Jones - Globecast

  • "Both projects are of excellent engineering design and meet very high technical standards. Technical Specifications set in Tenders were met and the coordination and project management between CyBC and Megahertz engineering teams were perfect."

    5 out of 5

    Grigoris Maliotis - PIK

  • “Megahertz has always been grounded in solid, practical broadcast engineering skills,”

    “We have worked closely together, of course, but I have been able to let them get on with the job safe in the knowledge that they had anticipated all the problems and pinch points. The move was seamless.”

    5 out of 5

    Dave Stewart - ETV (Pty) Ltd

  • "Thank you for looking after my team during this and all the other acceptance weeks. I am very pleased with the end result of these vehicles and I continue to believe that we have an excellent partnership when it comes to the build and ongoing maintenance of BT's TVOB vehicles."

    5 out of 5

    Neil Spencer - BT

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    5 out of 5

    Edward ODonnell - STV

  • "In my many years of OB and build projects I can say without hesitation that this project has been the most successful that I have been involved with which again is due in no small part to you and your team."

    5 out of 5

    Mick Both - RaceTECH

  • "Today we had an open day for the new truck & our colleagues were very impressed.
    The truck looks great, thank you to everyone who worked on this project."

    5 out of 5

    Mark Woodyatt - Head of Operations - Globecast

  • "Both pojects awarded to you following public Tenders, have been completed by Megahertz in due time and within very tight time limits for the Cyprus Presidency of the European Council."

    5 out of 5

    Grigoris Maliotis - PIK

  • "I want you to receive from me, and from the ViVe team, our sincerely appreciation for your professionalism to leading your team on both projects, and for your effort understanding our needs and providing solutions."

    5 out of 5

    Eduardo Rojas - ViVe TV

  • “Any project which involves picking up eight busy channels and moving them across town is always going to be a challenge on a knife-edge,”

    “Even while the planning and moving is happening, we still have a station to run and channels to put out. So we needed a partner we could trust to come in and take responsibility for the move."

    5 out of 5

    Dave Stewart - ETV (Pty) Ltd