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Lawo designs and manufactures pioneering network, control, audio and video technology for broadcast and post production, as well as live performance and theatrical applications. Products include control and monitoring systems, digital audio mixing consoles, routers, video processing tools as well as solutions for IP-based A/V infrastructures and routing systems.

Lawo successfully passed JT-NM Interop Test

Lawo participated in the ultimate test for IP-based equipment, the recently run ‘JT-NM Interop’, organised by VSF, SMPTE, AMWA and EBU, and passed, fulfilling the testing criteria in the categories ST2110 and ST2022-7. All successfully tested systems will now be part of the ‘JT-NM Tested Catalog’, published at IBC in Amsterdam.

The ‘JT-NM Tested’ program offers prospective purchasers of IP-based equipment greater, more documented insight into how vendor equipment aligns with the SMPTE ST-2110 and SMPTE ST-2059 standards. The JT-NM Tested Catalog documents the test procedures, test equipment and results of the JT-NM Tested event that was held during the week of August 19, 2019 at the Riedel HQ facilities in Wuppertal, Germany. This program highlights how vendor equipment conforms to key parts of SMPTE standards, providing prospective purchasers and users with a reference as they begin their equipment evaluation and qualification process.

With its long real-time IP experience in video, audio, control and network monitoring, Lawo contributes comprehensive expertise covering the complete range of solutions for live production environments. Lawo have always been aligned to open standards, be it ST 2022-6/-7 and ST2110 in video, AES3, MADI, RAVENNA or AES67 in audio or Ember+ in control. Lawo strongly believes in these standardized, open approaches in order to come to best possible solutions with a solid and secure long-term perspective for their clients. The company is also a founding member of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), founded to ensure that all video- and audio-over-IP solutions brought to market offer complete interoperability and are based on open standards for seamless integration into media workflow environments.

Verizon upgrades to IP with Lawo technology

As part of ongoing upgrades and developments to its studio facilities, Verizon Media – the Verizon digital-media division combining AOL and Yahoo! – has taken delivery of three state-of-the-art mc²36 audio production consoles and a Nova37 Hybrid IP/MADI Plug&Play Audio Router for its studio facilities from German IP broadcast technology pioneer, Lawo.

Renamed Verizon Media Studios (formerly Oath Inc) early in 2019, the renovation and new buildout to the facilities will serve all Verizon Media brands, including Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, Huffpost, Yahoo News, RYOT, Engadget, Tech Crunch and Makers. It encompasses live broadcast and pre-tape studio content with shared resources across different locations. With DSI/Blade Media acting as the main contractor, the upgrade covers three studios; Control Room 1 and Control Room 3 are used for a daily eight-hour live Yahoo Finance broadcast and ancillary shoots, while Control Room 2 is a general-purpose studio for all other of Verizon brands. These have been equipped with three Lawo mc²36 consoles and a Nova37, accompanied by four Lawo A__mic8 microphone interfaces. The intention is to add two further A__mic8s in the near future.

With work begun in 2018, these studios are currently operational with Stage 2 of the project to follow, bringing additional live studio spaces into play.

“We are scaling globally and the ease of interconnectivity, strong system engineering team and customer service that Lawo provides has made planning for the future exciting and easy to understand,” says Dan Brantigan, head of Audio at Verizon Media Studios. “I’ve been exceedingly impressed with Lawo’s willingness to customise based on client needs, and everybody there seems genuinely excited to work through hurdles and even teach programming and intricacies that other console manufacturers would normally shy away from.”

Among the many benefits of the new installation that Brantigan identifies are scalability and customization, alongside ability to work with new IP-based workflows while interfacing seamlessly with all legacy formats. “Also, all our A1s love the ease of use and sound of the consoles in general,” he adds. “Signal flow with RAVENNA has been especially eye opening and is now a format I want to use as much as possible in the future.”

The mc²36 is designed for maximum ease-of-use and value-for-money, to extend the benefits of Lawo’s audio expertise to a broader group of users than previously. With a comprehensive feature set that covers broadcast, theater, house of worship, live and install applications, along with uncompromised sound quality and Lawo-grade mic preamps, the mc²36 desk offers unprecedented value for money. Compact onboard DSP and I/O make the console equally suited to permanent installations with limited space and to rental companies.

Nova37 is a compact 3RU audio router, with a fixed RAVENNA/AES67 and MADI I/O configuration. It is perfectly suited to instant set-up of small-sized audio networks with a maximum of 1536×1536 crosspoints. In combination with mc²36 audio consoles and mc² Compact I/O stageboxes, the Nova37 represents a very smart package for live performance, installed sound and houses of worship: In operation, it is just plug-and-play – connect consoles and I/O systems via RAVENNA/AES67 or MADI, and the audio network is up and running, providing immediate access to all sources. Network user rights are easily managed from the console’s touchscreen, using Lawo’s intuitive one-touch rights management system. As an optional addition to its standard presets, the Nova 37 configuration is fully customisable to specific customer needs. As Nova37 uses inaudible fans, it can be placed anywhere in a setup.

“I went with Lawo because of the experience I had using them in the past,” Brantigan summarises. “I was impressed with the sound of the consoles foremost, but getting deeper into the workflow possibilities the decision is being reinforced on a daily basis.”

Lawo takes star role in Indian Premier League broadcast

Now underway for its 2019 season, Indian Premier League (IPL) is the star in cricket’s commercial crown, putting the sport’s best players in front of the largest audiences and paying the highest fees. The IPL broadcast rights for the season are currently held by Star TV as part of a five-year contract, and marks a significant change in the operation but sees a continuation of the longstanding and pioneering use of equipment from German broadcast innovator, Lawo.

The IPL was founded in 2008 of eight teams representing cities in India – with players drawn from the world’s best. Live, it is the most-attended cricket league in the world and, in 2010, became the first sporting event in the world to be broadcast live on YouTube. It has an estimated brand value of US$6.3 billion in 2018.

Described by Star CEO Uday Shankar as “very powerful property”, Star broadcasts IPL matches live online in India via its over-the-top video streaming platform, Hotstar (which also holds the worldwide internet rights) – Star India saw 700 million viewers tune in across its platforms to watch the 2018 tournament, with 200 million of those streaming the action via Hotstar. The tournament final drew a peak of 10.3 million viewers – a record for live streaming of any event worldwide.

With the most expensive broadcast rights deal in the history of cricket, the contract with Star TV signifies a change in the IPL OB arrangements. In a move to make operation more efficient, Star TV has now built its own OB kits, enabling it to be less dependent on kits from third-party suppliers and to use the same setup for events other than the IPL.

Lawo’s earlier IPL involvement includes the first broadcast of the IPL in 5.1 surround in 2015, using Lawo mc²56 digital broadcast consoles with HD Cores. This involvement was expanded to include 11 more mc²56 console and a number of Lawo V__pro8 video processors to provide an 8×8 video matrix, and 384×384 audio matrix, Dolby E encode/decoding, and cost-effective SDI embedding/de-embedding.

Star TV’s provision for broadcasting the IPL includes a new studio. The studio’s audio is centered on a 48-fader Lawo mc²56 audio console ordered towards end 2018 and installed in January 2019.

The initial installation for Star TV included a Lawo Compact Core routing populated with three DSP cards, a RAVENNA card for IP link to remote Lawo DALLIS interfacing, a Dante card for interfacing with external Dante devices, and a MADI card with AES In/Out for internal and external interconnects such as MADI to V__pro 8.

The studio’s DALLIS I/O frame supports 48 mic/line inputs, 48 line outputs, and 16 AES in/outputs. The setup also uses Lawo’s V__pro 8 video processing toolkit for audio de-embedding/embedding, and also a Dolby-E option for surround production work.

Figures for the 2018 IPL season indicate that total viewership grew by 40% from about 500 million in 2017, with online viewing more than doubled. Having shared honours with the Chennai Super Kings as 2018 title-holders, Lawo is anticipating another winning season with the IPL.

Lawo at NAB 2019

Power Core, Lawo’s versatile AoIP mixing engine and I/O node, has become even more powerful — thanks to new features and capabilities debuting at NAB 2019, taking place from 6 to 11 April at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Initially introduced as a DSP mixing engine and modular I/O system for Ruby radio consoles, many broadcasters are using Power Core as a gateway between legacy audio formats and standards-based IP media networks.

The ST2110-30 standard ensures seamless interoperability of audio and video equipment in combined radio / TV broadcast plants.

Power Core features new at NAB include:

  • A Dante® card with dual-redundant ports and sample rate conversion, allowing easy integration of pro-audio equipment into broadcast environments.
  • Dual-redundant front-panel SFP ports for AoIP. Now, broadcasters have their choice of optical or copper network connections, sans the cost of external media converters.
  • ST2022-7 Seamless Protection Switching, which provides dual-redundant AoIP network connections. Twin active links guard against audio loss should one link be interrupted.

“Power Core packs a staggering amount of DSP and modular I/O into only 1RU,” says Lawo radio marketing specialist Clark Novak. “On the front panel alone, there are 128 dual-redundant AES67 streams and 128 dual-redundant MADI channels. Then there are 8 rear-panel expansion slots. Combine this with 96 DSP channels and nearly 2,000 routing crosspoints, and it’s no wonder radio and TV stations are finding that Power Core increases capabilities, simplifies infrastructure and reduces costs. It’s a win-win!”

“The broadcasting industry’s migration to IP has triggered a convergence of radio and TV technologies,” notes Novak. “That’s why Power Core is quickly becoming the preferred media-aggregation tool for TV broadcasters, especially those fielding OB units. “The ability to connect and convert between AES3, AES67, MADI, Dante and ST2110-30 makes Power Core a bona-fide ‘Über-Node.’”

Power Core is amazingly expandable. Clients can add more capacity with eight rear-panel card slots, which allow a la carte addition of analogue, AES3, MADI and Dante interfaces, and a unique Studio I/O card that provides mic inputs and headphone and monitor outputs.

 

Opéra National de Bordeaux Installs mc²36 Console and Lawo A__line stageboxes in its Grand Théâtre

For the control room that serves its Grand Théâtre hall, Opéra National de Bordeaux (France) has selected a 24-fader Lawo mc²36 audio mixing console, which was installed in late August 2018. After extensive tests involving consoles from six manufacturers, the mc²36 was selected for its superior sound quality, competitive pricing and a compact footprint that fits snugly in the Grand Théâtre’s control room.

Taking advantage of the mc²36’s RAVENNA capability, the console is connected to a Lawo Compact I/O unit (32 ins/32 outs) on stage, which is chiefly used to connect microphones set up in the orchestra pit. An 8-channel Lawo A__mic 8 is available as “mobile stagebox” to connect microphones, amplifiers or active speakers positioned in other areas. The A__digital 8 serves a similar purpose, accommodating amplifiers, wireless receivers, etc., in the digital domain. Outboard effects processors stationed in the Grand Théâtre’s control room are connected directly to the mc²36’s eight on-board AES inputs/outputs. For additional ad-hoc input and output sources, the console’s 32 local ueinputs/outputs are connected to an analogue wall box.

Proud of its Italian-style build and the acoustics that go with it, the opera house in Bordeaux uses sound reinforcement during classical music and opera performances for monitoring purposes, backstage cueing and sound effects, but also for classical and contemporary ballet performances and events.

The Lawo mc²36 features local inputs and outputs for a broad range of applications, with high-quality microphone preamps. The I/O section is complemented by a DSP micro-core with an internal 512×512 port audio matrix. For maximum reliability, the mc²36 is equipped with redundant power supplies and DSP cards. Support for the Waves SoundGrid with storage of plug-in parameters in snapshot and production data is also part of the basic package.

The mc²36’s MADI tie-line port and three RAVENNA/AES67/ST2110-30/-31 Audio-over-IP ports provide future-proof connectivity for additional I/O devices and networking.

Its 21.5” full-HD touch-screens work hand-in-hand with the touch-sensitive colour-coded rotary encoders. Tasks such as VCA allocation, bus or aux assignments, and mix-minus configurations are performed intuitively via the touchscreen. The console can be readily adapted to users’ requirements by adjusting the channel display. The metering automatically scales to the maximum available space, showing all fader levels permanently on the HD display. From its pro-grade microphone preamps to its DSP processing algorithms, the mc²36 provides a level of sound quality never before achieved in this price segment.

“The mc²36’s sound quality is simply stunning,” says Lionnel Soulard, head of Audio Department of the Opéra National de Bordeaux. “And, although the desk has preserved some of the most cherished elements of the Innovason console we used to use, this is clearly an evolved, state-of-the-art mixer whose impressive potential will become apparent as we become more familiar with it.”

Lawo at BVE

Lawo, German innovator and manufacturer of pioneering IP network, control, audio and video technology for live broadcast, studio and performing arts, has chosen the 2019 BVE expo as the platform for another major release of IP broadcast products, adding to the company’s comprehensive IP solutions portfolio. The new products blend into the remote production setup that visitors are invited to experience at BVE booth #J30. Furthermore, along with this product launch, Lawo will be presenting important corporate news. The launch date is Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at noon.

The setup comprises, on the remote side, the Power CoreRP Remote Audio Mixing Engine, the WAN-capable A__line AoIP interfaces, and the V__remote4 video-over-IP contribution solution. On the broadcast production side, Lawo demonstrates the V__matrix Software-defined IP-Routing, Processing & Multi-Viewing Platform, the SMART System Monitoring and Realtime Telemetry for Broadcast Networks and the new mc²56 3rd Generation production console, including the A__UHD Core ultra-high-density network-based, software-defined audio DSP engine. Furthermore, the setup includes KICK, the Bundesliga-approved automated mixing control for close-ball mixing.

The V__matrix ecosystem is based on generic high capacity FPGA-based processing blades upon which software-defined Virtual Modules (VM) are loaded to create the functionality required. The range of VMs include the vm_dmv64-4: the world’s first infinitely expandable true IP multiviewer and the vm__UDX – 4K format converter. Multiple cores are connected through redundant 40GE (or 4x10GE) Ethernet interfaces to an IP network to form a distributed IP routing and processing matrix that provides frame-accurate, clean switching just like a legacy baseband matrix.

Lawo’s SMART range includes the smartDASH System Monitoring and Realtime Telemetry, vendor-agnostic enterprise software for network and media visibility across an all-IP, all-SDI or hybrid WAN/LAN broadcast infrastructure, and the smartSCOPE Deep Packet Inspection and Network Analyser, a media-agnostic, high-density 24/7 analysis platform for IP flows in live production and delivery.

The new mc²56 (3rd Generation) is optimised for today’s IP-video production environment – providing Lawo’s revolutionary LiveView thumbnail previews of video streams directly in the fader strip – and is designed from the ground up for networking in complex production infrastructures, with full native support for SMPTE 2110, AES67 / RAVENNA, DANTE and MADI audio streams.

A__UHD Core is a network-based, software-defined audio DSP engine; its ultra-high processing density with >1,000 fully featured mc² DSP Channels can either be utilised by a single mc² console for coping with even the most challenging productions, or be shared amongst up to four consoles. Eight independent 10/1GbE network interfaces with SFPs enable the use of redundant networks via ST2022-7 seamless protection switching (SPS). A__UHD Core‘s total network I/O capacity equals 40,000 48kHz/24bit audio channels. For management, the unit provides two redundant RJ45 1GbE management ports.

The Power CoreRP is a native IP Audio I/O & DSP remote production node with on-board WAN-capability, providing low-latency on-site audio processing for monitoring and IFB mixing. The powerful 1RU device features 48 processing channels, and it allows remote control of all relevant channel parameters (Gain, Fader, Mute, EQ, Dynamics, Aux Send Level, etc.) from mc² consoles. Its touch-screen-optimised control GUI serves for additional on-site and remote operation. Power CoreRP provides network-link redundancy via SMPTE 2022-7 Seamless Protection Switching.

KICK is the ball-tracking technology for close-ball audio pickup for sports such as soccer, rugby and American football. The system provides transparent sound and excellent ‘kick-to-noise’ ratio, significantly reducing crowd noise. It also ensures a consistent audio level without noticeable fades for seamless inclusion in the broadcast mix, delivering a mix that is 100% repeatable from match to match and remains highly accurate even after 90 minutes of play. Responsible for producing all Bundesliga football matches, the DFL (German Football League Association) subsidiary Sportcast has been using KICK in sports production since the 2017/2018 season for live tracking of the players to optimally control the microphones that record the action on the playing field and mix the sound – with a television audience enjoying a completely new and “close-to-the-match” experience of the sound.

About Lawo

Lawo designs and manufactures pioneering network, control, audio and video technology for broadcast and post production, as well as live performance and theatrical applications. Products include control and monitoring systems, digital audio mixing consoles, routers, video processing tools as well as solutions for IP-based A/V infrastructures and routing systems. All products are developed in Germany and manufactured according to highest quality standards at the company’s headquarters in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany. For additional information, please visit the company online at www.lawo.com.

Lawo reports another successful business year

Lawo, German based pioneer of IP video, audio, control and monitoring solutions, can look back on another successful year in the company’s history.

“2018 has been another record-breaking year for Lawo with an all-time high in revenue and the highest order back-log in the company’s history”, says Jamie Dunn, Lawo’s Global Head of Sales. “We continued to grow in revenue across all product lines and successfully delivered several large-scale projects such as Plazamedia or NEP Australia, which is considered by many as the global benchmark in IP infrastructure. Over the last two years we achieved a triple-figure growth rate in our IP video business and are proud to be recognized as one of the major players in video,” Dunn continues.

Furthermore, the company announces that Philipp Lawo’s rehabilitation is making good progress. The company’s CEO had to go for medical treatment at the end of last year due to a stroke.

“He participates in Lawo’s activities and its further development and he strongly confirms to continue Lawo’s further growth and its successful corporate strategy. However, for his recovery Philipp Lawo will take the necessary time”, says Andreas Hilmer, director Marketing & Communications.

Following Philipp Lawo’s request, the Supervisory Board appointed longtime Authorized Officer Claudia Nowak as additional Director to the Executive Board effective April 1st, 2019.

Nowak has been responsible for Lawo’s finance and administration departments for more than 30 years and has been instrumental in shaping the company’s success. In addition, the management of the company, as before, will be performed jointly by the Extended Executive Board.

“For the time of his absence, Philipp’s responsibilities as Lawo’s ultimate representative towards our customers and our markets will be taken over with immediate effect by our Global Head of Sales, Jamie Dunn,” adds Hilmer.

Commenting on the company’s progress, Dunn mentions: “We continue to execute on our growth strategy with one of the next major steps in the company’s development being the UK office opening later this year.”

Jordan’s Al Mamlaka TV broadcast infrastructure controlled by Lawo VSM

Al Mamlaka TV, a 24/7 HD news channel and Jordan’s first state-funded public service broadcaster, went on-air in July 2018. Although funded by the government, Al-Mamlaka (“The Kingdom”) offers public broadcasting services and is therefore neither state-owned nor commercial. It runs as an independent voice and delivers news and broadcast shows on both linear and OTT platforms. Jordan’s new public broadcaster resides in a completely new six-storey facility in King Hussein Business Park, Amman, which provides around 8,000sqm of space. This was a greenfield project without any legacy infrastructure or media equipment. Work started in August 2017 and commissioning was done in January 2018. April 2018 saw the successful completion of the project and official handover.

The Al Mamlaka project features a sophisticated VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) solution by German innovator and manufacturer of broadcast equipment, Lawo, for facility-wide, overall broadcast system control in support of sophisticated workflows.

The systems integrator Qvest Media was responsible for the entire design, build and integration of the infrastructure for efficient station operations. In addition, Qvest Media designed and integrated a customized motorized and curved video wall system that gives the news productions a distinct look and feel. For their commitment to this project, the company won the ASBU BroadcastPro Middle East ‘System Integrator of the Year’ Award.

Al Mamlaka TV’s broadcast facility provides complete redundancy, including AV and broadcast IT equipment, and is based on virtualized systems. From the start, the new building was designed to be centrally managed, and the entire infrastructure to be easily expandable to meet future requirements. The other mandate was that the produced media content needed to be made available as a live stream, and the production workflow had to be designed to support 24/7 operation on all channels.

For news production, Al Mamlaka TV uses an all-digital production chain, from the ingest of various live sources and newsfeeds, over news content production, to playout and distribution. The main workflows comprise the planning of news shows and productions, the ingest of live sources and recorded contributions, the news production and approval process, and an automatic transfer of approved material to transmission and deep archiving.

“The major task and benefit of using the VSM system is that it creates a familiar workflow for all operators in all news studios and the MCR. VSM is the only control system on the market able to work in a fully IP-based environment and with third-party equipment”, says Ahmad Al Kayal, head of Sales at Qvest Media in Dubai. “The implementation of VSM across Al Malaka channel proves its ability to provide the overall control system, regardless of the hardware used and the overall system design. Thanks to a virtual IP switching layer, the VSM system allows to set up a workflow in future news studios that is familiar to users by virtue of their established workflows,” Al Kayal adds.

Radio OB van with Lawo installation wins BroadcastPro Middle East Engineering Award

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System integrator ARET, Lawo’s partner in Italy, presented at this year’s IBC a radio OB van with a brand-new concept for this category, making this truck the first of its kind. For this technologically sophisticated OB unit with Lawo IP installation, ARET recently won the Outstanding Innovation in OB Engineering Award at the BroadcastPro Middle East Awards 2018.

The vehicle was designed and built exclusively on customer specifications. ARET’s Middle East client required a special OB Van that could endure the harsh weather conditions of the region and quickly operate under any circumstance. One of the peculiarities of the vehicle, in fact, is that it can be fully operational with expanded or closed wall.

The heart of this radio OB van is based on Lawo IP technology: the main mixer is a 24-fader sapphire console with an 8-fader crystal as backup mixer. Both radio consoles are connected to the Lawo management and UI builder software VisTool, which allows to expand the mixers’ functionalities and control them from the adjacent radio studio by a touchscreen monitor.

Inside there are two large operational areas which are connected by a corridor when the side walls are expanded. Two large studio windows are designed for supporting interaction between the host and guests on the radio program and the public outside the truck, like during productions on public squares, at concerts and in stadiums. Always with the purpose of creating more synergy with the public, the OB van is equipped with a PTZ camera positioned on a telescopic mast (with a maximum height of 8 meters) that allows shooting external images of the location of the crowd.

The truck provides rear and front entries, both positioned directly on the OB van’s main structure and not on the side expansion: this strategic placement of the entrances allows to access the internal areas both when the expansion is open and closed. The inside of the truck is divided into three different areas: By accessing the OB van from the front door, there’s a small antechamber that serves as a waiting area before entering the main studio. This entrance area prevents anyone that wants to access the OB van from disturbing the progress of the programming while the transmission is On Air.

The radio studio features a custom modular table that can accommodate a variable number of guests, depending on the configuration. With the closed expansion, it is possible to accommodate the host and up to three guests; with expansion, the number of guests can rise to six. The table is engineered to change shape and position as quickly as possible and can be quickly moved from one side of the room to the other.

In the corners of the studio, a lighting system for television and PTZ cameras are used to light and shoot images of the host and guests while On Air. The full integration with the video switcher allows controlling the PTZ cameras directly from the console of the mixer. If necessary, through a touch-screen monitor placed on the studio table, the host can directly control the cameras, recalling shots and presets.

The images coming from the PTZ cameras can be seen live on the 49″ monitor inside the studio that can also be used to view the signals coming from the multiviewer or the computers installed.

Both the radio studio and the technical areas have undergone careful and specific acoustic treatments that allow to reach superb levels of soundproofing with effective acoustic treatment.

The construction philosophy of the OB van’s radio studio is the same used in typical recording studios, realizing a “box in the box”: all the walls, ceiling, and floor are covered with unique materials, to maximise the performance. The walls and the ceiling of the technical room have the same composition, acoustic treatment and sound insulations properties such as those of the main studio. A small apparatus room in the rear, acoustically insulated from the technical area, hosts all the equipment and acts as a storage compartment.

Each area, including the racks, has a completely redundant air conditioning system. Besides, this OB van, as per ARET standards, has an automatic leveling and stabilisation system that can be operated through remote control, and a logic system for controlling mechanical movements and transport conditions.

Lawo mc²56 used for BBC’s ‘Children in Need Rocks’ live recording

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Counting the likes of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Warner Music and Sony among its regular clients, UK-based location recording and production company Floating Earth operates a state-of-the-art OB truck alongside its in-house post-production suites and mobile facilities. A recent upgrade of the truck’s mixing and routing facilities has seen it give up another leading console manufacturer’s system in favor of German technology pioneer, Lawo.

The purchase was prompted by Floating Earth’s wish to upgrade the truck to reflect the changing nature of its assignments – as the company is seeing track counts continually increasing, and 96kHz recording becoming more commonplace.

After evaluating several alternative solutions in the search for a compact, scalable and flexible solution, with RAVENNA connectivity and the ability to support its own stageboxes, the order – for an mc²56 mixing console with five mxDSP Cards and Nova73 Compact router – arrived with Lawo in September 2018, with the installation commissioned at the beginning of November.

The mc²56 console is available in five different frame sizes to meet the needs of smaller outside broadcast vehicles, with as few as 16 faders or up to 80 faders for more complex applications. Larger studio and theatre demands are met by the mc²56XT models, which provide from 48 to 144 faders in a high-density dual-fader layout. For the Floating Earth truck, a 46-fader console was deemed optimum.

The Nova73 Compact has a capacity of 5120 x 5120 crosspoints, and carries up to ten I/O slots that can be equipped with MADI, ATM or RAVENNA interface cards. Alternatively, the same slots can be assigned to two AES3 cards for up to 64 AES channels. Floating Earth’s preferred configuration required two MADI Cards (4-port and 8-port), two RAVENNA Cards and an AES Card.

An additional appeal of the mc²56 was the implementation of its copy-and-paste functions, which Floating Earth found to be “natural and powerful”.

Floating Earth settled on a Lawo solution based on quality and flexibility, and because the operational philosophy was a natural fit with the company workflow. As many operators will be using the desk, it was important to offer something special that would ensure they look forward to future projects using the new console.

 

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