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Heavens! Huge Lawo mc²36 order for Sky Germany

Up, up and away with seven new desks for broadcaster

Lawo will supply seven mc²36 live broadcast audio mixing consoles to Sky Germany’s new SNG fleet for use in sports news HD and live sports production. The Lawo consoles are identically configured with 16 faders, 192 DSP channels and a routing capacity of 512 x 512 crosspoints. The SNGs are dedicated to the sports news HD and live sports productions and are currently being built in the UK.

“We have chosen Lawo mixing consoles to prepare ourselves for future developments like remote production, closer networking with Sky Sport News headquarters, and further optimisation of workflows,” explains Alessandro Reitano, vice president Sports Production at Sky Germany. “Furthermore, the number of Lawo-experienced operators in the OB and SNG industry is pretty high, and general familiarity with Lawo consoles is widespread. With Lawo, it is significantly easier to adapt and implement interfaces for existing workflow processes within the Sky Sport News division.”

Sky says that further reasons for installing the mc²36 mixing consoles in the new vehicles include easy handling and the implementation of requirements – from simple switching for a live news channel to complex three-camera assignments with live commentary – plus future options for remote production. The decision to go with Lawo was made after assessing the various options at the NAB show in Las Vegas, reports Sky.

“What convinced us were the innovative and future-oriented technology and adaptability to our workflows. We are already familiar with Lawo’s high quality standards and conscientious service, as we use an mc²56 mixing console at our facilities in Bavaria,” says Reitano.

Interior fitting of the vehicles will start in mid-July. Implementation and installation of the mixing consoles is scheduled for completion by November, with the first production commencing in January 2017.

Pictured (L-R) at the Lawo booth, NAB Show 2016, Las Vegas: Beth Fairweather (News Operation Center engineer, Sky); Alessandro Reitano (VP Sports Production, Sky); Rainer Litfin (senior sales manager DACH, Lawo); Andreas Wolf (director Central Procurement, Sky); Christian Struck (senior product manager Audio Production, Lawo)