Toronto, Canada (June 6, 2013)—The Lawo mc266 console in United's OB14 remote truck was central to the live coverage by Dutch national broadcaster NOS of the coronation of Prince Willem-Alexander.
The recent abdication of Queen Beatrix on April 30 made way for her son, Willem-Alexander, to become King of the Netherlands. The occasion was marked by a grand ceremony that was broadcast live by NOS, as well as being relayed to many other countries, and also by a special concert from Dutch violin superstar, Andre Rieu.
Handled by Dutch full service specialist United, the broadcast of the day's events required a total of 160 cameras, with Jeroen "Huub" Lelieveld serving as sound supervisor for the official ceremonies at the royal palace in Dam Square and the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church). Central to the audio operation was United's OB14, one of four Lawo mc266 vehicles operated by the company. With 12 layers of 56 faders on the console and comprehensive audio control from its MKII Router, the truck is regularly used for 192-channel multitrack recording.
"We had double mics for all of the important sources—for the Queen and new King in both the abdication and coronation ceremonies, and for the speech that was made from the church balcony in Dam Square," he said. The duplicate mics were supported by redundant audio connections, with all signals patched into a Lawo DALLIS stage box and into copper multicore cables fed to the local I/O of the mc266 console in the OB14 truck. "I used about 160 input channels on the mc266. The setup comprised a stage box connected via fiber and 15 copper multicore cables for redundancy and additional signals," he added.