Rastatt, Germany (December 4, 2020)—Turkuvaz Media Group, a major Turkish media company with TV, radio, newspaper and magazine assets, has tapped Lawo as its premiere technology supplier for a newly updated media center facility in Istanbul.
The Turkuvaz Media Center is Turkey’s biggest media campus, comprising a plaza, a TV block and a printing block. The company operates nine TV channels and four radio channels, with 12 12-meter-tall (approx. 40 ft.) studios measuring from 200 m² (2,153 Sq. ft.) to 1500 m² (16,146 sq. ft.), and five 6-meter-tall (19.7 ft.) studios between 100 m² (1,076 sq. ft.) to 350 m² (3,767 sq. ft.) in the TV complex. The TV buildings also contain 10 studio control rooms, six producing in 4K and four in HD.
The newly modernized studio control rooms are customized for their individual tasks: news, 4k-video post-production, HD sports programming, and a shared HD SCR, integrated by an IP infrastructure built upon Lawo systems. This renovation allows for flexible IP workflows, including remote production capabilities for future-proof operation utilizing the highest quality standards. System integration services were supplied by Lawo’s partner in Turkey, Radikal Elektronik Ltd. Sti.
Turkuvaz’ IP infrastructure includes several networked Lawo mc² mixing consoles and crystal radio consoles linked with a central routing system, as well as a V__matrix video processing system equipped with Lawo C100 software-defined processing blades. In addition to renovating the broadcast studios, a new OB van equipped with Lawo IP networking was rolled out in November 2020, with the overall project completed in December.
Lawo equipment installed during the upgrade includes eight new 48-position mc²56 mixing consoles fitted with the unique Dual-Fader option to provide 80 total faders, giving Turkuvaz operators direct surface access to large numbers of audio channels. Audio connectivity comes by way of Dallis stageboxes; a central routing matrix with 8,192 x 8,192 mono crosspoints was built using a Nova73 HD Router. In addition to an mc²36 console providing “all-in-one” functionality, the audio setup includes six radio studios with Lawo crystal mixing consoles and companion Compact Engines.
The networking fabric of the new Turkuvaz facilities connects the Dallis units to the Nova73 central router via MADI, with RAVENNA linking router and console cores. AES67/ST2110 networking with video devices between console cores and router are also implemented.
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