Toronto, Canada (May 13, 2010)–CTV invested in Lawo equipment earlier this year, purchasing five mc≤56 consoles and two zirkonXL consoles for its 2010 Winter Games broadcast.
Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, a unique relationship between media conglomerates CTV Inc. and Rogers Media Inc., collectively, broadcast the 2010 Winter Games across Canada using CTV’s Lawo equipment.
Robert Miles, CTV’s manager for Olympics audio engineering, discussed the challenges of preparing for the Winter Games. “One of the biggest issues I faced during the design phase was trying to nail down a ‘worst case’ scenario for the capabilities of the large audio consoles that would be deployed at the IBC,” Miles reports. “Purchase decisions were made as far as 20 months in advance with no firm production plan in place. We knew we’d be working in 5.1 surround, but the final numbers of inputs, outputs, downmixes, and submixes was still a variable. The Lawo mc256 enabled us to expand the DSP and I/O (with DALLIS frames) capabilities should our requirements evolve. Similarly, we could also expand the number of faders.”
“The zirkonXL consoles are a platform that CTV employed in its network prior to this purchase with excellent results,” Miles continued. “Since the zirkonXL is capable of 5.1 surround, it easily became our choice for the two small audio control rooms [ACR6 and ACR7] at the IBC. The Lawo consoles, by design, enabled us to centralize the audio consoles’ cores and DALLIS frames in our IBC CER [Central Equipment Room] and connect all the surfaces remotely using CAT6 cables. Last, but certainly not the least of our concerns, was a further requirement that we be able to re-purpose the consoles within the CTVglobemedia family after the Winter Games. The mc256 console surfaces, HD cores, and DALLIS frames could be easily re-sized and re-configured, depending on the network’s requirements.”