Nashville, TN (September 18, 2007)–MTV Networks has upgraded the Lawo mc²66 mixing console system in its Mobile Unit 8. The 48-foot audio truck also houses a new 56-fader Lawo mc²66 production console.
Originally designed to accommodate overflow and secondary, offline tasks, the smaller mc²66 console that resides toward the rear of the truck has been upgraded to a fully operational system. The console now offers an 8 x 8 x 8 configuration (16 long channels, 8 short channels), with its own core, MADI interfaces and DSP facilities.
The upgrade provides functionality between the main mc²66 and the secondary console for the sharing of resources. The setup encompasses four MADI ports across both systems to interconnect the two consoles, with provisions for sharing up to 192 signals in both directions. These incorporate managed tie-lines between the two consoles (handled automatically in the background), where one of the four MADI ports always provides redundancy to the three others, effectively creating an n plus one redundant system.
These changes can handle line checks from multiple stages as well as 5.1 mixes. Similarly, the ability to support smaller “B” stage operations as part of a larger event is more feasible than previously.
In MTV’s production environment, all resources are owned by the primary mc²66 console. All microphones, both Pro Tools systems, outputs, effects machines–everything–is owned by the large mixing desk. In the large console, source or destination signals can be shared at the touch of a single button. In doing so, this signal becomes available in the GUI of the secondary mc²66, and can be picked and routed to channels as required. As a result of this upgrade, the secondary mc²66 is now capable of handling completely independent production tasks.
MTV’s Mobile Unit 8 remote truck services a wide range of projects–among them, large award shows or multi-band performances that typically have a large budget. Of equal significance, the truck also handles a wide range of high profile single band/artist type events.