(l-r) Francois Coyault (INA), Delphine Hannotin (INA), Hervé de Caro
Rastatt, Germany (December 11, 2014)—France’s Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA) installed a 48-fader Lawo mc256 console as part of the upgrade of its audio production training facilities just outside Paris.
Founded in 1975, the INA was set up by the French government in order to fulfill a four-fold mission: firstly, to archive all public radio and television productions; secondly, to continue research into new audiovisual techniques; thirdly, to offer training courses for AV professionals; and finally as a production facility in its own right.. The new Lawo console is part of an upgrade at INA’s headquarters in Bry-sur-Marne.
“The two consoles we had in the studio were starting to get a bit old, so it was time to replace them,” says Francois Coyault, INA’s head of audio production training. “The next question was finding a console that met all of our requirements, and that was a tall order as there were four people we had to satisfy. I actually called Radio France to see what they were using, and they were the ones that suggested we look at Lawo.”
He continues, “The mc256…met all of our requirements. It’s completely modular, and so can be configured for live multi-track recording or post-production depending on requirements. [W]e are linked to all the other studios via fiber optic cable as well.
Delphine [Hannotin, head of live audio training] can be on stage with a classic live FOH/monitors setup and a third feed can go straight to the studio for mixing and post-production.
“We’ve also found the console to be very comfortable to use from an ergonomic point of view and generally very well thought-out. Back-up and storage is easy to manage, project management is good, and it’s quick and easy to set up.”