Rastatt, Germany (November 1, 2006)–MTV Networks (MTVN) has updated its audio recording Mobile Unit 8 by installing a new 56-fader digital Lawo mc2 66 mixer. The 48-ft. mobile truck is used as the sound unit for live broadcasts, taped performances, DVD and CD productions, and is one of the leading trucks in the U.S. for award shows and multi-band performances.
“Mobile Unit 8 has mixed over 150 major award shows and thousands of concert performances to date,” reported Marc Repp, MTVN staff recording engineer. The new console upgrades the truck to be the largest 96 kHz capable truck in the market, and allows complete store and recall of console parameters, including processing and automation, and flexible routing to Mobile Unit 8’s on-board multi-track recording and Pro Yools systems.
Since its 2004 launch at the NAB show in Las Vegas and the AES in Berlin, the Lawo mc2 66 console has developed into Europe’s most successful large format console installed in over 25 modern audio and HDTV mobile trucks. Starting with the MTV project, the first U.S. installation of a Lawo mc2 66, Lawo will put every effort in making it a success story also in the U.S.
The new console acquired by MTV Networks is equipped with an HD core that supplies 256 DSP channels and a routing matrix with a capacity of 4,096 x 4,096 crosspoints, all at 96 kHz sampling rate. To insure reliability for critical broadcasts and productions, besides the ergonomic control surface and comprehensive functionality, the console architecture specified by MTVN includes complete redundancy, including the DSP, router, the port-redundant MADI connections to all DALLIS frames, the PSU processor and a 24-fader backup control surface. The Lawo system also includes fiber-connected stage boxes containing 112 high-end microphone preamps.
The console was ordered in August, and the project is scheduled for completion by December with first productions starting in January 2007.