Lawo delivers audio and control on the road
AUSTRALIA: NEP Australia recently commissioned the build of four identical live production OB vehicles. The broadcaster’s own team of systems integrators managed the project, which has resulted in the addition of 4K OB vans to its fleet, each reportedly with a capacity larger than that of any other in the country. All four vehicles utilise Lawo’s VSM broadcast control and monitoring system and are equipped a mc256 audio mixing console. The entire project was supplied by the manufacturer’s exclusive Australian distributor, Professional Audio & Television (PAT).
‘Since introducing the first Lawo audio console into Australia back in 2006, we have been pioneers of new technologies,’ said Milan Milenkovic, project director at NEP Australia. ‘In this time, Lawo audio consoles have become the broadcast standard in Australia and are currently the best solution in the market for such an application. There was no hesitation on NEP Australia’s part in opting for the Lawo approach.’
In each of the OB vans, the mc256 audio console is connected via Madi and features an audio core with eight DSP cards and five stageboxes. The VSM, when combined with the audio console, provides direct parameter control over the sound system. Operators are also able to pre-configure workflows and settings prior to a production, saving them for repeat use with the VSM, which also serves as a Tally system and delivers the dynamic UMDs.
The vehicles, two of which are already in use providing coverage for live sports and concerts while the other pair are planned for during the 2017 AFL and NFL seasons, have also been equipped with Sony HDC-4300 cameras and MVS/XVS-8000X vision mixers. Each of the units can accommodate up to 28 cameras with enough space for 34 staff members.