Rastatt, Germany (April 18, 2011)–A Lawo mc290 has replaced a Lawo MC80 in use since 1995 at German national broadcaster ZDF’s Dusseldorf studio.
The MC80 comes from the first generation of Lawo digital mixing consoles; the one installed in Dusseldorf was the very first that Lawo built. By autumn 2010, it had served reliably for over 15 years. The control room will not only be used for post-production and VTR editing, but also for live broadcast of the TV infotainment show, Volle Kanne–Service Taglich (Full Measure–Daily Service).
The new centerpiece of the control room features 48 faders (16-16-16) and 192 full DSP channels. Thanks to the console’s flexible control surface, ZDF can fit an additional eight faders in the limited space usually occupied by the central faders. Extra space for the installation of external devices is provided by an expanded central control area. For the mc290, this comprises a full-size monitor for the display of external video signals as well as a RTW meter. Of the four DSP cards, one (equipped with 48 DSP channels) provides redundant cover while the matrix/control room DSP card is integrated with the HD Core.
The 8k-router card in the MKII HD Core is connected to three DALLIS systems, and designed with full redundancy, resulting in cutting-edge reliability. All monitoring and broadcast lines for the audio and video control rooms can be switched from the mc290 to a Lawo crystal console with a single button press.
With the most important sources connected directly to the crystal, workflow is not interrupted at all. Even switching time delays are a thing of the past–the only time required is that needed to make the decision to switch or not. Thanks to the open system architecture of the mc2, the mc290 and the crystal (as a backup mixer) can be integrated into the preexisting infrastructure that comprises three Lawo zirkon consoles. The sources are connected via MADI, which enabled the studio to save on the wiring costs.