Grant Roberts, senior audio operator
CTV Specialty, and Bob Miles, manager
of Olympics Audio EngineeringToronto, Ontario, Canada (January 6, 2011)--CTV has upgraded six control rooms at its Agincourt and Queen Street campuses with four Lawo mc≤56 and two zirkonXL consoles.
The audio mixing systems were initially procured for the 2010 Winter Games by Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, a unique relationship between leading media conglomerates CTV Inc. and Rogers Media Inc., which, collectively, broadcast the 2010 Winter Games across Canada. With the Lawo equipment now residing in their new homes, the upgraded facilities provide production tools for all CTV's broadcast endeavors.
A Lawo mc≤56 console configured with 64 faders, five DSP cards, redundant processors, 15 MADI ports, 32 AES3id I/O, and three DALLIS frames was installed at CTV's Agincourt Campus, Control 8. This facility is the main production control room for the NHL Network HD broadcasts (both the Canadian and USA versions). This includes the live, daily studio program, NHL On The Fly.
Another Lawo mc≤56 console was deployed at Agincourt Control 9. This desk is outfitted with 48 faders, four DSP cards, a single processor, 15 MADI ports, thirty-two AES3id I/O, and three DALLIS frames. Production for TSN2 (The Sports Network) is managed at this location.
Lawo systems were also installed in four control room upgrades at CTV's Queen Street campus. At Queen Street Control 4, a Lawo mc≤56 console equipped with 64 faders, five DSP cards, redundant processors, seven MADI ports, 32 AES3id I/O, and three DALLIS frames was deployed. Additionally this facility also received three 8-port MADI cards for an existing Lawo Nova73 router to facilitate integration with control rooms ACR4 and ACR5 at the Queen Street campus. Another Lawo mc≤56 was placed in Queen Street Control 5. This mc≤56 is outfitted with 48 faders, four DSP cards, a single processor, seven MADI ports, 32 AES3id I/O, and three DALLIS frames.
In addition to the mc≤56 mixing systems, the Queen Street campus was the recipient of two Lawo zirkonXL consoles.