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DHD and Yamaha consoles remotely networking in Sarawak

MALAYSIA: Uniting the linguistic and multicultural diversity across the East Malaysian state of Sarawak, the Sarawak Broadcasting Department provides content tailored for listeners living within numerous isolated communities. Boasting a curated selection of radio stations that amplifies the region’s distinctive cultural and linguistic heritage, listeners are provided with broadcast information, education, and entertainment aired in various languages and dialects.

Home to many indigenous speaking populations, the isolated communities required a voice. Unable to travel to the regional studios, these remote listeners are now served by a fleet of outside broadcast (OB) vehicles. Forming a major part of the 2023 digital radio OB equipment upgrade project, the Sarawak Broadcasting Department invested in seven OB vehicles to enhance remote productions within the remote areas of the state. In addition to an Off-Broadcast Van (OB) based in Kuching, five four-wheel drives needed to be equipped with portable audio, visual, lighting, and radio broadcasting technology.

RTM Sarawak invested in six new OB vans which can be equipped with a selection of Yamaha CL5, QL5 or QL1 consoles.

Following a public tender, systems integrator VME Broadcast was awarded the contract to equip all the vehicles located at the remote RTM sites in Sri Aman, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang in addition to the OB van in Kuching. Specified for their performance and reliability, Yamaha Music Malaysia (YMM) supplied 20 digital consoles for the project. Reflecting on the partnership, YMM Pro Audio manager Hana Hussain commented: “Despite facing numerous obstacles such as supply chain disruptions and logistical hurdles, we successfully supplied all the necessary equipment within the specified time period.”

The inventory comprises of nine CL5, six QL5, and a further five QL1 control surfaces, all operating with newly supplied, dedicated Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 stage boxes. Four CL5’s and a single QL5 are allocated to be use by the Kuching headquarters for front-of-house, and monitoring mixing. Portability of use was another specification cited by the Sarawak Broadcasting Department and so VME Broadcast was tasked to supply a mini studio, together with live streaming and lighting systems as part of the package.

In addition to DHD DX2 10F desktop audio mixers provided by Stagetec Asia, the portable audio fulfilment for each of the five remote vehicles comprises of Yamaha CL5, QL5 or QL1 consoles. Acknowledging the invaluable contribution played by systems integrator company, VME Broadcast Sdn Bhd, RTM director of the Facility Development Division (BPF), Tuan Haji Ismail Seman emphasised the broadcaster’s commitment to enhancing the quality and creativity of the state’s broadcasting services.

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