Glasgow, Scotland (August 11, 2014)—Broadcast coverage of the table tennis matches from this year’s Commonwealth Games on Arena Television was in the hands of audio guarantee engineer David Harnett and the Lawo equipment in the company’s OB14 mobile.
The Lawo console in OB14 was used as a hub to provide central routing for both of the show tables—dubbed Table Tennis 1 and Table Tennis 2—with one DSP core used as central router for both. Specifically, there was a 56-fader Lawo mc266 MkII console serving Table 1, with a Studer Vista digital console hooked up as a submixer to cover the action on Table 2—both tables being in use simultaneously and requiring their own audio feeds.
“In preparation, we had to set all the signal paths in and out of both tables to go through the Lawo, because of the large amount of MADI and I/O required. We basically made the Vista a slave on a MADI stream, so all the brunt of the work was being done by the Lawo,” Harnett explains.
He emphasizes the importance of the “large amount of I/O and lots of MADI streams” that were required to be available in order to support the use of the second console. “We also used different banks and layers to be able to have Table 2 at our fingertips if needed. It was also from this bank that we controlled all the mic amps being used for Table Two,” he says.
“We used EQ recall and save for quick commentator turnarounds. In addition, the Lawo’s multi-row metering was very useful, as we had a lot of outgoing lines and feeds and to be able to see these on a second metering row made life a lot easier for us. Lastly, the snapshot function was essential in getting the desk into different modes of mixing quickly for changes of operator.”