Nashville, TN (May 6, 2008)–MTV Networks (MTVN) recently completed installation of Lawo’s new Plug-in Server, assigned to the capabilities of Remote Unit 8, which is equipped with a 56-fader Lawo mc≤66 console, which serves as the truck’s primary mix station, and a second, smaller mc≤66
Remote Unit 8 handles televised music shows, large-scale concerts, and an assortment of other projects. The new system was first placed into service for the 2008 CMT (Country Music Television) Music Awards on April 14th.
Designed as a dedicated environment for VST-type audio processing plug-ins, Lawo’s Plug-in Server facilitates integration with the company’s mc≤ series third generation consoles while providing flexibility in the use and routing of processed signals–all while freeing the host recording platform from the system overhead typically associated with numerous plug-in processors.
Marc Repp, audio operations engineer for MTVN, along with associates Stan “Quack” Dacus and Greg Lankford, are the three main mix engineers who travel with Remote Unit 8. The selection of outboard signal processing equipment isn’t always the best choice for getting the job done, as Repp explained: “We mix a lot of multiple act TV shows and recordings, and if you’re setting up an outside processor on an act to act basis, somebody has to keep up with all those settings so they can be reset as you move from one act to another.
“By contrast, if the signal processing is saved as part of the console’s automation, it gets recalled as part of the snapshot and is ready to go instantaneously. In addition to dynamics processors such as compression and limiting, we can just as easily deploy reverbs, delays, and other effects that, previously, were only available via the outboard gear.”
Repp concluded, “Our new plug-in server opens the door to far greater choices since it can be configured for any type of VST plug-in without taxing system resources.”
Lawo’s Windows OS-based Plug-in Server accepts all VST-type audio processing plug-ins without any modification.
Lawo North America Corp.