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CBC/Radio-Canada Building IP-Based Complex

The system will be among the largest in North America.

Rastatt, Germany (April 8, 2019)—CBC/Radio-Canada’s new Montreal Broadcast Center will be equipped with IP-based video, audio, networking and broadcast control systems by Lawo and will be an end-to-end SMPTE 2110 and ST2022-7 facility—one of the biggest of its kind ever built in North America.

The Canadian public broadcaster’s 418,000 sq. ft. facility will be home to production suites for news, TV and post-production activities and dozens of studios, control rooms, editing and infographic workstations as well as audio mixing suites. Its massive Master Control and Playout Room is designed to accommodate 40 TV channels, 40 web channels and 160 radio channels.

Lawo Ready for NAB

Overarching, manufacturer-agnostic control and management of this broadcast infrastructure is provided by Lawo’s VSM IP broadcast control system, which offers over 3,000 concurrent device connections and approximately 100,000 managed signal paths. Multiviewing for TV production control rooms is handled by Lawo’s vm_dmv Infinitely Expandable IP Multiviewer, a virtual module application (VM) for Lawo’s V__matrix C100 IP routing and processing platform.

For audio production, CBC/Radio Canada has selected two Lawo mc²96 and four Lawo mc²56 third-generation mixing consoles with full support for native SMPTE 2110-30 and AES67/RAVENNA. A total of 18 ruby radio broadcast consoles for radio operation in a hybrid package based on physical controls and a customizable touchscreen-based GUI will also be installed. Multi-format Power Core audio nodes handling AES3, HD MADI, analog and AES67 audio channels will be used for audio acquisition, along with Lawo Commentary Units, and A__stage multi-format stageboxes. Audio processing is provided by A__UHD Core DSP engines.

“Our new Montreal Broadcast Center is geared towards maximum flexibility, agility and scalability that can only be delivered by a genuinely native IP system,” said François Legrand, senior director, core systems engineering, CBC/Radio-Canada. “Based on extensive lab testing, we are confident that Lawo’s products will be able to meet all our production requirements.”

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