Rastatt, Germany (September 23, 2015)—Lawo launched new technology at IBC 2015 aimed at improving audio for sports television with KICK, a software solution for any mixing console.
According to Lawo, when interfaced with modern image analysis and tracking systems, KICK’s patent-pending, technology aims to provide a consistent, fully-automated, high-quality, close-ball audio mix for sports such as soccer, rugby and American football. KICK’s graphical user interface allows adjustment of all parameters, including the placement of microphones, their polar patterns and microphone prioritization.
The system is intended to provide transparent sound pickup with its “noise-to-kick” ratio reducing crowd noise, says Lawo. It also is said to provide a consistent audio level without noticeable fades for inclusion in a broadcast mix, and delivers a mix that is 100 percent repeatable from match to match.
KICK is available as a software-only solution for productions using Lawo mc2 mixing consoles, as well as a hardware-bundled solution for productions using consoles from other manufacturers. It requires a standard host PC (running Windows 7 or Windows 8) for the host application, and an HTML5 capable browser for the user interface. An optional Lawo mc2 Micro Core hardware processing engine is available for interfacing micro core to third-party consoles via MADI and RAVENNA/AES67.
The mc2 Micro Core can be controlled by a variety of external studio control systems, as well as Lawo’s touchscreen mxGUI software, making it suitable for smaller automated applications where external control systems trigger operation, such as automated newsrooms. Other applications include small routing applications with DSP processing, like installed sound applications.