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Mediaset's Maurizio Gaspari on Nuendo 5

The Milan-based Mediaset group is one of the largest broadcasting and media companies in Europe. What started as a local television station in 1978 today is a diversified group with divisions focusing on television broadcasting, in-house television production, film and drama rights acquisitions and advertising. Steinberg had the chance to meet up with Maurizio Gaspari, the audio post-production overseer for Mediaset. In the exclusive interview, Maurizio talks about daily working routines, post-production systems and the integration of Nuendo.

Could you give us some background information about Mediaset?
The Mediaset Broadcasting Group was founded in 1978 in Italy. At the beginning it was just a local broadcaster called Telemilano, which transmitted its signal through cable. In the 1980s, Mediaset started to transmit the signal via air and Mediaset came up with three commercial broadcasting channels: Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4. The Mediaset Group later expanded its business to France with LA5 and to Spain with Telecinco. Today, the company provides content for both traditional and multimedia platforms and is among the most important broadcasting companies in the European market. 

Could you please introduce yourself and your function at Mediaset?
I started my career over thirty years ago. In the beginning I gained experience as sound engineer in a private radio station and in a recording studio specialized on advertising. Three years later, I started to work for the Mediaset Group — always as sound engineer. Then I got involved in public event broadcasting for about five years. Afterwards, I got the opportunity to work in the audio post-production sector. Today, I am the audio post-production overseer of all Mediaset formats.

We have heard you are using Nuendo 5…
I started to use the Steinberg software more than fifteen years ago. There was no integration between MIDI and audio software at that time. So I linked one of the first Cubase versions via timecode to a Fairlight workstation. Just when Nuendo 3 was released, I completely changed over to Steinberg software.

Nuendo 5 is the fastest audio post-production software available and it comes with a user-friendly interface and high-quality tools.

Could you briefly describe your studio setup? How many Nuendo systems are you running?
Our studios are very flexible and they are built to handle all audio post-production tasks. First, there is an Avid server network, from which I receive the audio sources (OMF, AAF, MXF format). But Nuendo 5 is the core of the HP8600 workstation that is connected to an RME Hammerfall HD. Plus, there is a Steinberg CC121 remote control, a Yamaha 02R mixer and some Genelec monitors connected to the workstation. The Rome-based studios have two Nuendo 5 post-production systems, dedicated to Dolby Surround mixing. The bigger studio comes equipped with a Studer Vista 8 mixer and it is mostly used for the audio post production of theatre shows. The other one is used for recording audio for TV series.

What type of applications are you using Nuendo for?
Nuendo 5 is perfectly suited for all kinds of audio post-production jobs and that’s why I use it for theatre shows, documentary films and TV series (e.g. Paperissima, Il senso della Vita, Ciao Darwin and Chi ha incastrato Peter Pan).

What are the main advantages of using Nuendo in comparison to other software solutions?
Nuendo 5 is the fastest audio post-production software available and it comes with a user-friendly interface and high-quality tools. With version 5 the video engine has been improved, and I think Nuendo is even more reliable and faster.