Rastatt, Germany (March 17, 2008)–A Lawo mc≤66 mixing console was in pole position when the flag dropped on the new season of F1 racing at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday, March 16. The console is being used by Formula One Management to produce the international host feeds and will travel between races in a container together with all the necessary technical and peripheral equipment.
The ‘high-speed’ Lawo console on the 18-race F1 calendar, which ends in Brazil on November 2, is fitted with 48 physical faders, five DSP cards with over 240 audio channels, full redundancy within the signal path, and a 1920 x 1920 routing matrix. A VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) controller links the mc≤66 to the installed tally controller. A 19-inch VSM panel, integrated in the console surface, facilitates the direct assignment of audio-follow-video events to the camera tallies, either exclusively or by OR assignment. Duplicating another feature widely used in OB trucks, direct control of camera microphone gains via a so-called GPC (General Purpose Channel) fader on the mixing console, the VSM controller also carries out conversion of GPC values to mic gains.
Oliver Bianchi, principle audio engineer, Formula One Management, said, “The mc≤66’s feature set convinced me right from the start. Everything is there that I need for our top-quality productions. Particularly the audio-follow-video control and the optimal size of the console were the essential aspects–and the camera remote function that I wanted to use in any case. With the mc≤66 we are 100 percent prepared for Dolby Surround. It is all really simple to handle, and I can easily make changes and modify configurations.”
During last year’s racing season, RTL used a Lawo mc≤66 to broadcast all the races for German TV channels, and this season another mc≤66-equipped OB truck, HD-Signs, is producing a national feed of the F1 season for Austrian national broadcaster ORF.
Lawo North America Corp.