PAT secures tender for NEP Australia super truck
AUSTRALIA: Sydney-based Professional Audio & Television (PAT) has announced that NEP Australia – formerly Global Television – has agreed to purchase a Lawo mc²56 MKII mixing console, an L-S-B Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) system and eight Bel Digital audio monitors for use inside its HD 11 super truck. The Lawo system due to be installed will be based on an exiting setup used by NEP in its HD9 truck. The new 64-fader surface will comprise the largest Lawo system deployed by the broadcaster to date.
‘Once again we have deployed a proven formula to build the largest and most powerful truck in our fleet,’ commented NEP Australia’s technology services manager, Milan Milenkovic. ‘Our long standing relationship with Professional Audio & Television allowed us to develop the system in close cooperation with Lawo and LSB Technologies and build this industry leading HD super truck. At NAB 2014 we discussed with Bel the design of specifically designed audio monitors for this truck, and it is good to see Bel having taken our suggestions and developed the new BM-A1-16OB, based on our requirements.’
The broadcaster purchased a 64-fader mc²56 with a fully redundant Nova73 HD Core router, redundant DSP functionality and six Dallis input and output frames, providing it with complete control, DSP and I/O redundancy. The installed VSM system is responsible for controlling most of the audiovisual hardware inside the truck, including a Riedel Artist comms system, Lawo VPro8s, the new MC2 56 console, LVM TV Logic monitors, and cameras, routers and video frames from Imagine Technology, Sony, OpenGear and Ross Video. The system has been custom configured to suit the broadcasters specific needs and is capable of providing multiviews for 350 pictures, as well as allowing staff to load and save presets for labels, crosspoints, GPO states, parameters and panel layouts. VSM Pseudo devices enable the broadcaster to link video, audio, TC, and RS-422 signals into a switchable overall bundle, providing increased flexibility during turnaround times.
Bel’s BM-A1-16SHD underwent a redesign following discussions with NEP and PAT at NAB 2014. The broadcaster requested the same solution but wanted to reduce the case dimensions to make it 200mm slimmer. The result is the Bel BM-A1-16OB which will arrive in Australia for the first time in March.
‘The close cooperation between NEP Australia and the PAT team will see us deliver one of the most sophisticated outside broadcast systems in Australia to date,’ enthused PAT managing director Patrick Salloch. ‘To say we are proud and honoured to be involved with this project would be an understatement.'