Rastatt, Germany (August 21, 2015)—Belgian state broadcaster RTBF has been developing its FlexiProd project, which places 25 Lawo crystal mixing consoles at its core.
Described as “an evolution toward digital hybrid smart radio” by RTBF director general Francis Goffin, the scheme involves constructing eight on-air studios and 14 production/editing rooms, and the building of two OB vehicles. It also requires complete reorganization and updating of the broadcaster’s working process, with studios, OB and staff to be ready by September 2015.
“Flexible production is what FlexiProd stands for,” explains Laurent Finet, RTBF’s director of radio production and digital innovation. He anticipates eliminating separate presenter, production and technical operation roles: “Ideally, everybody should be able to present a radio program.”
Where a traditional radio studio setup can be beyond an untrained user, RTBF aims to use automation and user-friendliness to allow operation by non-technical staff. After testing consoles from a various manufacturers, RTBF opted for Lawo’s crystal.
Together with partner Studiotech, LDM Audiovisual Systems, which distributes Lawo, LSB and DirectOut Technologies, supplied the mixers that met RTBF’s requirements. With Ravenna/AES67 and touchscreen PC software VisTool, Lawo’s crystal offers audio-over-IP solutions as well as visualization.
RTBF equipped each studio with a 4-fader Lawo crystal console and VisTool operation which offers 16 sources via a touchscreen. Each of the Lawo consoles and screens are remotely operable and accessible, eliminating on-site operation costs.