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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 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.

 

Lusaka’s HotFM chooses Lawo

Lusaka, capital of the Republic of Zambia, is home to nearly two million people. With its nearby wildlife sanctuaries, thriving art scene and proximity to world-famous Victoria Falls, Lusaka is one of the fastest-growing cities in southern Africa and radio drives the beat of this thriving city.

HotFM is a commercial radio station, active in its service area with numerous on-location live broadcasts, news coverage, and interaction with listeners via social media platforms. It covers the region on three separate FM frequencies.

“HotFM is one of the most modern radio stations in Africa — that’s why they chose Lawo,” says Meck Phiri of Lawo’s Zambian sales partner, Meck Media Consult. “Lawo radio products are AES67-compliant, easy to use, and future-proof. HotFM will deploy Visual Radio shortly; Lawo’s standards-based AoIP infrastructure makes that possible.”

“The new studio went on the air 1 August, and talent loves it,” says Oscar Chavula, the owner of HotFM and other stations in Lusaka. “Touchscreen mixing is a huge advantage because it’s so easy to learn and use. And in the field, a computer with RƎLAY and a 4G telephone connection makes it possible to originate high-quality remote broadcasts with much less equipment and very little setup time. We are the first in Zambia to do this and the innovation is here now.”

crystalCLEAR is an in-studio virtual mixing console for radio. Its control surface is software, driven by a multi-touch interface on a high-resolution computer display controlling the proven Lawo Compact Engine, an advanced 1RU device with AES67/Ravenna compliance, powerful DSP signal processing for mics and other inputs, and sophisticated AutoMix and AutoGain functions that help make shows smooth and error-free.

RƎLAY is powerful software that takes advantage of computer virtualszation technology adapted from the IT industry. RƎLAY enables broadcasters to mix, route, and process AES67 audio streams and computer audio via standard WDM or ASIO interfaces, making maximum use of the power of today’s powerful Windows-based laptop and desktop PCs,

Lawo’s line of physical and virtual radio solutions include the new ruby radio console, sapphire, sapphire compact and crystal mixing surfaces, crystalCLEAR and RƎLAY Virtual Radio Mixers, and advanced VisTool GUI-builder software, all designed to provide more capability for less cost. For more details, visit the Lawo website.

Lawo V__matrix IP core routing and processing platform used at Asian Games

Held concurrently in Jakarta and Palembang for the first time in their history, the 18th Asian Games ended in September with a closing ceremony in the Indonesia state capital of Jakarta where their opening ceremony had been staged 15 days earlier. The 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 – widely called the “Olympic Games of Asia” – includes disciplines practiced only in Asia. In addition to the well-known Olympic sports, dragon boating and the Chinese martial art of Wushu were among those contested.

The tournament was broadcast throughout Asia and beyond, watched by 112 million spectators, with the Indonesia Asian Games Organising Committee (INASGOC) appointed International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS) as host broadcaster. A joint venture between IMG (London) and HBS (Switzerland), IGBS was responsible for the Games’ live broadcast production and distribution. The event’s International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Jakarta hosted a number of international broadcasters, including NHK and TBS (Japan), KBS, MBC and SBS (Korea), CCTV (China), TV5 (Philippines) Astro (Malaysia), SCTV (Indonesia) and BEIN and AlKass (Qatar).

During the live production, Lawo equipment was used for signal processing and distribution, as well as for central control. Central routing in the Lawo setup was handled by a V_matrix unit, Lawo’s software-defined IP core routing and processing platform. Two V_remote4 units provided the PTP synchronisation, and a VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) system provided the overarching control. For the live broadcasts, the 27 major stadiums involved in the event were continually connected to the IBC, while the feeds for sports coverage at “smaller” venues were recorded by ENG cameras and the material fed to the IBC.

The broadcast setup included production kits in the stadiums with commentator units, as well as permanently installed equipment in the IBC for multilateral reporting. The signals produced at the venues were transmitted to the IBC, where they were distributed to broadcasters after technical and content checks.

The event calendar also determined the signal volume: In addition to live feeds from the 27 stadiums and the ENG material, signals from six beauty-shot cameras distributed throughout Indonesia for scenic and cultural impressions were recorded and distributed. With the daily feed of the press conference and the highlights of the day’s events to be produced and distributed, a router able to accommodate the large number of feeds was required. For this, HBS chose a V_matrix, Lawo’s software-defined IP core routing and processing platform – also with a view to future IP-based broadcast production.

Configured with 400 inputs and 400 outputs, the matrix – 64 C-100 boards in eight frames – offered 21 multiviewer ports, controlled by Lawo’s Virtual Studio manager running on two VSM servers. The VSM system was operated via 16 VSM soft panels on six 23-inch displays available in the CDT (Contribution, Distribution and Transmission Room), as well as on tablet screens used in other rooms.

Head of Engineering, Harry Petry: “We chose the V_matrix for this task in order to be able to set up a decentralised IP infrastructure for our future projects. With its product portfolio, Lawo offers state-of-the-art IP-based technology and, with the V_matrix, is the market leader,” he explains.

“Due to the Asian Games’ proximity to the World Cup in Russia, there was no time for us to configure and test the entire system as usual, but our cooperation with Lawo over many major sporting events in recent years gave such confidence that we nevertheless decided in favour of this solution. So we put the system into operation at the beginning of August, and despite the time pressure, everything went according to plan.”

The V_matrix provides a fully virtualised real-time production infrastructure supporting many cores connected to a powerful standard switch with redundant 10GE and 40GE connectivity. This allows a distributed IP routing and processing matrix to be built with frame-accurate clean switching as with traditional base-band routers.

Where dark fiber venue connections were available, Lawo Commentary Systems were used to receive the commentary signals from the indoor swimming pool, the main stadium and the three venues in the IBC building.

The LCU (Lawo Commentary Unit) was developed in close cooperation with Host Broadcast Services (HBS); the system uses IP broadcast infrastructures and allows direct connection to Lawo mc² audio consoles and Nova routers for stand-alone operation. The extensive development work invested by Lawo’s R&D team has resulted in a fully digital commentary system based on RAVENNA real-time transmission of audio data via IP (Audio-over-IP). This makes it possible to network both premises and equipment over standard IP networks, reducing cabling and increasing system flexibility.

Lawo performs at France’s 14 July celebrations

All of France marks the beginning of the modern French nation each year on 14 July, with events taking place all over the country. As in previous years, Lawo mixing consoles provided the highest possible audio quality for more than 500,000 Concert de Paris spectators at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

The Concert de Paris is one of the largest classical music events held anywhere in the world, and is followed by a traditional firework display. The show – featuring the national symphony orchestra and the choir of Radio France, along with internationally renowned soloists – was relayed to TV viewers and radio listeners in France and beyond with the Lawo setup.

For the central celebrations on the Champ du Mars next to the Eiffel Tower – the highlight of the national holiday – Radio France used an mc²96, Lawo’s flagship audio production console, for ultimate FOH mixing performance. Four hands operated the large mc²96: those of Stéphane Desmons took care of the orchestra, while Alexandre Martin was in charge of the choirs and solo singers. On the stage, the monitoring position was equipped with an mc²36 operated by Stephane Touvenin. In Radio France’s OB Truck n.5, an mc²66 was in the expert hands of Laurent Fracchia for the live broadcast of the event on France Inter and France 2, the main public radio and TV stations in France.

“The super comprehensive interface and advanced multi-user features of the mc²96 gave us the opportunity to reduce the quantity of equipment we needed, while increasing the working capabilities of our sound engineers,” says Bruno Lompech, head of the Radio France Sound Reinforcement Department.

“The show was flawless and gave us a new opportunity to demonstrate the power of our solutions in such large-scale events,” adds Joffrey Heyraud, Lawo’s sales director for France.

This world-class concert was immediately followed by an amazing fireworks show on the Eiffel Tower – a wonderful opening to a historical weekend, which concluded with the climax of “Les Bleus” victory in the FIFA World Cup.

Lawo and d&b lead Italy’s Ravenna Festival into immersive realm

Playing during June and July, the annual Ravenna Festival is currently taking place in the city of Ravenna in Italy, making great advances in its audio production and delivery. At the heart of the sound system are d&b audiotechnik’s Soundscape immersive live audio technology, and mixing systems from fellow German systems innovator, Lawo.

For the past three years, Italian rental company BH Audio – which specialises in classical, contemporary and jazz production work – has used the combined d&b/Lawo platform for critical trials ahead of Soundscape’s official launch at the ISE event in February.

In charge of the Ravenna Festival system setup is BH Audio’s Massimo Carli, who chose Lawo’s IP audio capable mc²36 console for FOH mixing as he had previously proved its adaptability at a Verdi Festival staged at the Farnese Theater in Parma.

“After three weeks of rehearsal, the producers wanted multitrack recordings to be made – this was easy, using two recording systems connected to the console through Ravenna,” he says. “Then I was asked to add all the intercom and dressing room calls for the singers and choir – this was possible using only the desk’s channels and internal matrix. One day immediately before the general rehearsal, I was asked to send sound to all the rooms in the theater. The mc²36 made it possible to meet all the requests without problems – it was very easy, and very fast. With other live consoles that we have in our warehouse, it would have been much more complicated, and I probably would have needed additional equipment.”

Returning to the Ravenna Festival, Carli says: “The use of Ravenna/AES67 makes the setup very clean compared to the past. From the mc²36, I can send 44 direct outs and 20 post-fader auxes to the Soundscape DS100 processor via one of its three Ravenna/AES67 ports. And I send the DS100 outputs to the AES/EBU outputs of the Lawo Stagebox directly to the various loudspeakers. We also used a tracking system through the network to dynamically transmit the correct position of the singers to the DS100.

“Soundscape will not be suitable for every type of work,” Carli reflects. “However, I’m sure that, with time and the changing of listening habits, it will be easier to get beyond the obstacles. Ultimately, in my opinion, it will transform live sound. Once you’ve used it, it’s very difficult to go back.”

Regardless of Soundscape, introducing the mc²36 to the Ravenna Festival had simplified the sound setup over that of previous years, as it required only the console and Lawo Compact I/O Stagebox in addition to the d&b DS100, connected using Cisco switches via Ravenna/AES67. Previously, it had required an analog console with AES/EBU A/D converters, a format converter, an audio matrix and a multicore, delivering an AES/EBU output to the amplifiers.

“The mc²36 gives you endless possibilities of preparation for your layout, and you can change and modify it really easy and quickly without interrupting the sound or going into ‘dangerous’ operation,” Carli explains. “With most of my jobs, you have to add channels or change routing or something right up until last second – or even during the event itself. With mc²36, it is never a problem.”

“These are big advantages for a rental company – buying something that can be used in many different ways and is extremely flexible and adaptable. Of course, in my list of planned future purchases there is already another Lawo console, I don’t know exactly when that will be, but I’m sure as soon as there is the need, we will do it.”

Astro Radio makes “high stakes” commitment to Lawo virtual mixing

Installing a third generation of consoles in its radio studios, Kuala Lumpur’s Astro Radio has standardised on virtual studio technology from German broadcast innovator, Lawo. “We had to re-think how a studio broadcast console should be in a rapidly evolving commercial FM radio industry,” says Astro radio chief technology officer, Bala Murali Subramaney.

Astro began operation in 1996 using a cutting-edge audio routing system and digital broadcast consoles custom manufactured to meet its specific technical requirements. By 2006, greater functionality was required to simplify studio workflows and to allow on-air talent to focus on content.

“We took the best features of our first console, analysed common operator mistakes and asked for improvement suggestions, then we condensed this data into a comprehensive document and presented it as our mandate to Lawo – whose response was the Zirkon-2s modular broadcast console,” says Subramaney of its “second generation” of console. “The Zirkon-2s was simplicity personified in both form and function. For example, a press of a macro button could simultaneously record telephone calls, edit talksets and run an outside broadcast.”

This success has now taken Astro Radio to its third generation of console for new studios in Kuala Lumpur as, in 2017, the operation acquired two new radio stations and needed space for new on-air studios, producer workstations and equipment room – on top of its existing 13 on-air studios, seven news studios, three voice booths, eight audio production studios and edit suites, and six equipment rooms. Plans for the consoles and routing system were already in hand, when the station relocated to share premises with other Astro company divisions in order to accommodate its expanded studio requirements.

“In mid-2016, we had begun sketching out plans for a virtual console, which would challenge the industry perception of a broadcast console,” Subramaney recalls. “We wanted to radically re-imagine what an on-air studio would look like, including what to fit inside the studio and what to leave out. The studio environment would impact how the on-air talent uses the technology inside the studio with the new virtual console as its focal point.

“Our mandate to the interior designer was to create designs for three on-air studios that were minimalistic, stunning, functional and meet Noise Criteria (NC) rating 20. We wanted designs that would inspire our on-air talent to deliver compelling content on-air and on-line for today’s radio.”

The mixing requirements were all met by Lawo’s Virtual Console, whose control surface is software, driven by a multi-touch interface on a high-resolution computer display, and which had been successfully the trialed in Astro Radio’s news room. Without the limitations of physical knobs, buttons and faders, the screen presents users with only relevant controls and information, hiding anything not needed for the task at hand.

Along with screen brightness and reliability – which the Virtual Console comfortably addressed – operational flexibility and cost had ranked high among Astro Radio’s concerns. “A great advantage of the Virtual Console is the cost-savings over physical consoles – there is no need to stock-up on console spare parts and accessories. It is also aesthetically more pleasing to the eyes, and gentle on the hands,” Subramaney says.

“In addition to the standard Virtual Console control features, Lawo’s VisTool-PC also shows all the virtual modules of both touchscreens – a user can control all channels, faders and buttons on the touchscreen from the VisTool-PC interface.”

Astro Radio’s on-air talent is drawn from established online personalities with huge followings, allowing it to grow its radio listenership through on-line streaming and on social media platforms, as well as FM broadcasts. Presenters are not necessarily conversant with broadcast technology, however.

“Content managers expect new on-air talent to quickly build momentum, and get up to speed with listeners on social media regularly during their shifts – every day. There is very little time for training or familiarisation with the technology in the studio,”  Subramaney confirms. “The Virtual Console, therefore, had to be very simple and intuitive to use for first-timers.”

Use of the Virtual Console also offers a faster software development cycle: “We are able to develop new features and functionality both for default and user-specific snapshots. We can easily customise the console layout – or skins – re-design and re-size fader and button shapes and colours, incorporate macros and GPIO signaling. This flexibility gives us the freedom to explore new possibilities in console design paradigm. For example, we added more channel faders per screen and moved monitoring controls to a pop-up screen.

“We took a huge risk by implementing fully touchscreen Virtual Consoles, but from the faces of our on-air talent and their content managers, our ‘high-stakes’ gamble has paid off handsomely,” Subramaney concludes.

Lawo V__matrix: Core of NEP Belgium’s new S8L HD/UHD truck

NEP Belgium has begun utilising its first OB truck from the Broadcast Solutions-developed Streamline OB van family. Unit 18, the newly added production vehicle, is an S8L and represents a new, IP-enabled variation for the Streamline family of OB vehicles. It is capable of working in both HD and UHD format and can handle up to 8 UHD or HD cameras. With new room concepts and additional inter-connectivity technology, the S8L offers more flexibility during productions and adapts to future IP-based workflows.

New to the S8L and the Streamline OB vans in general is the implementation of a Lawo V__matrix software-defined IP routing, processing and multi-viewing core which handles processing, de-/embedding and RGB colour correction of the signals. The S8L comes with two video stageboxes, each equipped with a Lawo V__link4 for IP video, audio and sync transport and A__mic8 units for additional network-based audio IO. The IP stageboxes provide four 3G/HD/SD SDI inputs and outputs in addition to its audio capabilities. Each stagebox is connected via a 2x10GbEthernet fiber to the V__matrix IP-Core. The system supports ST2110, ST2022-6/7 and Ravenna/AES67 streaming formats.

Providing overarching control is a VSM IP broadcast control system, which handles the IP stream management and oversees the complete installation including the Sony XVS6000 vision mixer, the Ihse KVM, the Lawo audio console and the Riedel intercom.

A Lawo mc²36 40-fader console with its compact size, its integrated router, in-built DSP and I/O meet all the requirements for 5.1 surround productions and workflows. For flexible audio connectivity one audio stagebox with Lawo’s mc² Compact I/O has been chosen to expand the mc²36’s connectivity. Connected via fiber, the ruggedized 5RU stagebox provides additional 32 Mic/Line inputs, 32 Line inputs, 8 AES I/Os and GPIOs in a AES67/RAVENNA transport mode. In addition, a DirectOut Montone 42 MADI to Audio-over-IP (RAVENNA) bridge provides seamless integration of network audio with the existing infrastructure.

“It was awesome to work with Lawo and Broadcast Solutions during the design of this truck. The level we achieved working with all the different engineering departments helped us to design the model-solutions of the future. Thanks to Lawo’s support and vision, we can start today producing over IP-networks”, says Geert Thoelen,Ttransition manager, NEP Belgium.

The NEP Belgium S8L truck is already out on the road, doing regular productions for Jupiler and Proximus League (1st and 2nd division football). Last weekend the truck produced the live transmission of the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium, featuring acts like Guns N’ Roses, Marilyn Manson, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne and more.

Lawo radio consoles first to adopt SMPTE 2022-7 standard

Why should radio engineers be interested in a standard developed for television transmission? Because radio increasingly relies on AoIP studio systems, and SMPTE 2022 defines ways for IP networks to cope with the unexpected, ensuring delivery of critical real-time digital audio.

“Radio requires reliability,” says Michael “Catfish” Dosch, senior product manager, Radio OnAir. “AoIP has revolutionised radio, making network reliability a key success factor. If the network fails, you’re out of business. That’s why Lawo is taking the lead, implementing the SMPTE 2022-7 standard for Seamless Protection Switching into its family of radio mixing consoles, as it has already done for its mc² production consoles.”

SPS (also known as “hitless merge”) enables AoIP simultaneous transmission of dual, identical audio streams via independent network paths, providing instant, undetectable switching to backup should the primary link be interrupted.

“Television broadcasters have been pushing hard for network redundancy, and the SMPTE standard provides an excellent solution,” says Dosch. “But redundant networking isn’t useful only for TV; it’s crucial for radio broadcasters, too. Network reliability is job one for live radio — so we’ve added Seamless Protection Switching to our consoles to help ensure that unexpected network problems don’t result in dead air.”

Ruby and Power Core are the world’s first radio consoles to incorporate SMPTE 2022-7 as a standard feature, beginning with Radio Software v6.0. In addition to SPS for Ruby and Power Core, the Radio v6.0 update includes a number of user interface and feature enhancements for all Lawo radio products, including mixing consoles, VisTool GUI Builder software, and Lawo’s OnAir Designer console customisation tool. Clients can download the software by visiting Lawo website, and clicking the “Downloads” link.

Uganda’s NBS Radio 89.4FM producing with Lawo crystal

Lawo, German IP-based radio, audio/video broadcast and control solutions pioneer, has reported the first installation of an IP audio console in Uganda at KODHEYO TV and NBS Radio 89.4FM. Located in Jinja, northeast of the country’s capital of Kampala, the station opted for a 12-fader crystal to bring state-of-the-art technology for audio quality, operation and workflow, social media and flexibility to its operations.

Beside the NBS Radio installation – an excellent reference in Uganda – further adoption of Lawo equipment is in the pipeline, taking the broadcaster step-by-step to a new level of TV and radio production with IP-based, user-friendly and efficient studio solutions.

Hamza N’Mbago, chairman of NBS Radio 89.4FM states: “The installation of the Lawo crystal IP radio broadcast console strengthens our leading position within the vivacious Ugandan radio broadcast landscape. The integration of this technology enables us to advance our workflows, making our radio production faster and more efficient – and the user-friendliness of the crystal console allows our operators to concentrate on their work while doing their radio shows.”

The crystal console offers a cost-effective point of entry into the Lawo world of mixing, combining all of the flexibility and customisability for which Lawo is renowned with a future-proof investment for both commercial and public broadcasters. With crystal, RAVENNA/AES67 compatibility is available today. The crystal mixing console comes with VisTool, a powerful touchscreen-optimised PC software for extended visualisation and control of crystal installations. In its basic version, VisTool is designed for clear visualisation, while the unlimited version of VisTool can be completely customised to meet any requirements – displaying all system parameters or only those that are essential.

Lawo and NEP Sweden join the stars for TV4’s new music show

Having served the audio requirements of major TV entertainment and music shows in conjunction with an OB vehicle for a considerable time, NEP Sweden provided their three Stockholm studios with a permanent Studio Control Room in readiness for the new Stjärnornas Stjärna live music show of Sweden’s TV4 that premiered in March. At the centre of this Studio Control Room (SCR) is a suite of products and systems from German broadcast innovator, Lawo.

The main focus of the 1,600m², 800m² and 167m² studios is NEP Sweden’s live broadcast production of Friday and Saturday TV entertainment and music shows. Consistent requests from clients prompted NEP Sweden to build a fixed SCR. The aim was to retain the flexible use of the studios through efficient technology and intuitive operation. Key to achieving this was the choice of a Lawo mc²56 console – the same model used in NEP’s OB vans – VSM Control and Monitoring System and an upgrade of the room acoustics.

The SCR concept and technical planning of the 26m² SCR were handled in-house by NEP Sweden, with Broadcast Solution serving as the system integrator and managing the installation. The room acoustics were designed by Per Sörlin of Kista-based company, Tonteknik Engineering.

The project got fully underway in December 2017, when the order was placed with Lawo and was completed in early March in time for the debut of Swedish TV4’s new Stjärnornas Stjärna (Star of Stars) live music show. Presented by Swedish comedian, dancer, actress, television personality and now “star wizard”, Petra Mede, the show is a competition between established artists to perform live interpretations of songs from styles other than their own – such as country, Latin, hard rock, soul, opera, synth pop, musical, Svenska visor (traditional Swedish songs) and disco. Each week, the show has a “genre expert” who coaches the performers, then viewers vote to determine the best performer in each round – and ultimately to select the “star of stars” at the end of the season.

The 48-fader Lawo mc²56 at the heart of the SCR is fitted with four DSP Cards, providing 192 DSP channels and 8,192 x 8,192 non-blocking crosspoints with fully redundant signal paths at 96kHz, 24-bit resolution. A Waves Plugin server is also integrated into console, which features five MADI ports to accept inputs from the studio, multitrack recorders and playback systems. Additionally, two Lawo DALLIS stageboxes provide it with 32 mic/line inputs, eight AES in/outputs and eight line outputs.

The installation includes two Lawo VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) system servers with accompanying vsmLBP-16e, vsmLBP-17 and vsmLBP-50e hardware control and monitoring panels. There are also five multi-purpose touchscreen panels used in a wireless network for mobile control of VSM – making it easy to set monitor walls and change the content on the show’s video screens from across the studios. Five Lawo V__pro8 video processors were chosen for embedding/de-embedding, and for lip-sync and Dolby-E encoding.

The installation provides NEP Sweden Studios with future-proof and open-standard Lawo IP-based technology and independent VSM control of all the installed equipment through the hardware-panels and mobile touchscreen devices, giving fast operation via a single platform. The settings used for different shows can be easily stored, recalled and adapted.

NEP Sweden’s present OB vans – as well as a new UHD OB van that will be ready for the road very shortly – are all equipped with Lawo mc²56 production consoles, making it easy for the sound engineers to settle into the new SCR.

“The engineers are used to operating Lawo consoles and have an acoustic environment designed by Per Sörlin, who has delivered another masterpiece, that makes listening a pleasure,” confirms NEP Sweden senior audio engineer, Mats Bengtsson. “After thorough evaluation – taking into account that NEP has very positive experiences with Lawo and has equipped all its OB vans with mc² consoles – the decision was made to go with Lawo was based on the amazing sound quality, flexibility and expandability.”

“The engineers feel very comfortable in the new studio control room because of the ergonomic and intuitive operation of the console, as well as its huge feature set and clear sound,” he adds. “Support was also a big consideration for us, and Lawo has been great to work with also in this regard.”

“We were looking for a system that provided excellent sound quality and reliability and gave us the flexibility and efficiency in the use of our studios we needed for our productions to the benefit of our customers,” says NEP Sweden technical director, Jens Envall. “We have found that with Lawo.”

Jarle Felin, VP Northern Europe operations adds: “We’re grateful that NEP SE again showed us their trust in choosing Lawo gear and that they are happy with the services we’re providing them both pre and post sales.”

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