Yorktown Heights, NY-based CP Communications, a full-service production equipment provider for live events to clients such as Fox Sports, MLB Network, the NFL, and others, regularly deploys a range of Studio Technologies products employing the Dante networking platform.
“We have a few hundred Studio Technologies products in our Dante ecosystem that we use for all of our events,” says Brian Ready, account executive & systems engineer at CP Communications. “The ease of use and durability of Studio Technologies’ products allow us to augment our Dante workflow depending on the client’s needs and the scope of the project.”
According to Ready, CP uses “a little bit of everything” from Studio Technologies, including beltpacks, intercom interfaces, and audio engines, adding that the Model 381 On-Air Beltpacks and Model 374A Intercom Beltpacks have been “fantastic devices as we’ve built our Dante-based ecosystem.” Both beltpacks offer a combination of audio resources that allows them to support complete broadcast “stand-up” on-air positions.
Ready also points to the Model 348 Intercom Station, an audio control center for on-air production and support personnel, as well as the Model 206 Announcer’s Console that can manage announcer talk-back for sportscasters. Further, the Studio Technologies STcontroller Application has allowed the company to efficiently manage productions with significant Dante deployments.
Having virtual control has been valuable for larger-scale events like the MLB All-Star Game; for example, the STcontroller application has allowed CP to monitor and adjust all the Model 381 and Model 374A beltpacks that the MLB’s on-air talent used without stepping onto the field.
“CP has been deploying Dante technology for MLB Network at the All-Star Game events for the past few years, throughout the stadium and the surrounding area,” Ready concludes. “The ability to access and adjust our entire workflow without having to physically walk out to a set is fantastic.”