Toronto, Ontario, Canada (November 6, 2008)–Munich, Germany-based TV production company SIVision’s new HD OB truck, featuring a Lawo mc≤66 digital console, stretched its wings during a successful trial by fire at the Red Bull Air Race in Budapest, Hungary in August.
The truck’s conceptual design and internal layout are–at least in Germany–unique: The trailer, with three steerable axles, can be expanded on either side by one single and one double movable sidewall, increasing the width to just over 18 feet. Once the truck is in its working position, up to 20 workplaces are available inside the studio on wheels, and two of these are in the sound control room.
For Imre Sereg, SIVision’s owner and CEO, two factors were of vital importance where the mixing console was concerned: the operating philosophy and system reliability. Sereg states, “Working with the mc≤66 is fast and intuitive. The redundant router board in the mc≤66 HD core contributes to a high level of reliability that is imperative in live broadcasting. Further, the Lawo mc≤66 is widely used in the OB truck arena, and has even achieved ‘industry standard’ status”.
SIVision’s mc≤66 is fitted with 56 faders and has 192 DSP channels; the router cards each provide 8,192 crosspoints. A full 20 MADI ports and 128 AES inputs and outputs are available for external interfaces, while three stageboxes facilitate the direct connection of audio data via optical fiber–“an important precondition for HD work as it spares a further connection,” explains Imre Sereg. Video equipment in the OB truck includes 24 Sony cameras (two of them with Super SloMo), Sony monitors, Sony video console, and a Harris video router.
Lawo North America Corp.