United Kingdom (February 17, 2005)–GWR, U.K.’s largest commercial radio network, has equipped its Wrexham (North Wales) and Chelmsford (Essex) stations each with three zirkon consoles and one Nova17 router from Lawo. Both stations have been on-air for several months, and on the strength of the successful co-operation between Lawo, GWR and Lawo’s U.K. distributor, Preco (Broadcast Systems), GWR has placed orders for similar equipment for its studios in Swindon (Wiltshire) with Preco.
The studios in Wrexham deliver five programs, and those in Chelmsford two programs. Further DAB feeds are generated at each station.
The zirkon consoles are fitted with 12 faders, one central module and one touchscreen for metering, control switching and parameter visualization. The three studios of each location are networked via a Nova17 router, with the audio signals being exchanged via MADI and the control signals via Ethernet. Studios can be freely interchanged such that any studio can generate any program.
The Nova17 router handles outside-source selection, codec arbitration, RDS routing as well as local commercials and station IDs via program-related play-out servers.
The extended “VisTool” visualization software offers peak meters, timers, snapshot administration and several remotes as well as control of the individual sub-matrices.