Lawo celebrates Middle East success
MIDDLE EAST: Lawo has recently been involved with a number of high profile projects at broadcasters in Qatar, Oman and Jordan. The various installations have called on the German manufacturer’s IP-based broadcast production video, audio and control technologies and systems.
‘We are becoming more and more recognised in the Middle East, not only for our products and projects in audio, but also as manufacturer of video solutions,’ said Klaus-Jörg Jasper, international sales and project manager at Lawo. ‘There is growing respect for our efforts in becoming a key technology partner such as for major international motorsport events, and at the recent soccer world championships in Brazil.’
Starting in Qatar, the manufacturer has provided solutions for four broadcasters in Doha. First up is BeIn Sports which has opted for five new-generation 32-fader mc²56 consoles with a Nova73 router core, and several of Lawo’s V__pro8 8-channel video processors. Within the facility, BeIn Sports operates 24 voiceover booths that are also part of the Lawo infrastructure. This accommodates de- and embedding of audio and control of mixing console routing, and supports the audio requirements of the translation of sports commentaries into English, Arabic, French and Spanish. Overall control is managed via a Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) system, with a hardware fader unit for remote control of the VCAs of all the mc²56 consoles.
Moving out of the studio and onto the road, Al Jazeera Children’s Channel has equipped its new OB van with an mc²66 audio mixing desk. In addition, it has two Dallis I/O systems – one installed in the truck, and the other for use as a mobile stagebox. Another OB van being operated by the broadcaster is also Lawo-equipped. For large events, both trucks can be linked via Ravenna to operate as a single OB resource.
Another Doha-based OB project comes at Al Kass, joining its fleet of Lawo-equipped vehicles. The broadcaster’s latest OB truck to be commissioned features a 48-fader mc²56. Added to this, a V__pro8 provides the video tools necessary to reconcile different video formats, as well as to bridge between audio and video management.
The final project in the country comes at Qatar Radio. Here a Lawo Nova17 Ravenna-enabled routing system is handling audio streaming to workstation PCs, which are currently being used as an intermediate/distribution router in the broadcaster’s master control room.
Staying with radio, but switching countries to Jordan, another Lawo installation has taken place at JRTV Radio in Amman. Here a pair of Nova17 routers are being used as intermediate/transmission routers.
Also in Jordan, Roya TV has taken the country’s first mc² mixing console for an OB van project. The project has seen a 40-fader desk integrated with Waves SoundGrid servers. ‘It is very pleasing that existing and – as with Roya TV also new customers – trust in our technology, and appreciate our after-sales support, said Mr Jasper. ‘I am confident that if they have to extend the system, there is no question that it will be Lawo again.’
Rounding off the list of projects are a variety of installations for Oman TV. The broadcaster has taken 32-fader mc²56 consoles for its OB vans in Muscat and Salalah, and a third 16-fader mc²56 is at the heart of a flyway kit in Muscat. The HDTV OB vans have identical technical specifications, differing only in the number of AES ports supported by each console. The consoles are installed in 16-16 frames, each with an HD-Core loaded with four DSP cards, providing 384 DSP channels and 64 AES I/Os. Alongside the mixing consoles, each truck is equipped with a DallisS I/O unit installed within the vehicle, and a Dallis stagebox for deployment at the broadcast location. The stagebox is connected to the audio network via Ravenna. ‘To have several Lawo mixers means that they only need one spare parts package, and allows easy swapping of stageboxes between OB vans and flyway kit,’ reasoned Mr Jasper. ‘In addition, this means that operators trained on one system are instantly conversant with the whole system.’