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CCTV On Air with China’s First Lawo Desks

China Central Television (CCTV), the country’s largest TV broadcaster, has added a number of Lawo consoles.

China (July 2, 2019)—As part of its uptake of 4K/UHD and IP operation, China Central Television (CCTV), the country’s largest TV broadcaster, has become that nation’s first user of Lawo’s flagship mc²96 Grand Production Console.

Begun in July, 2018 with installation work starting in November, the project is now complete and marks the second of CCTV’s studios to be upgraded to 4K/UHD with IP technology. The mc²96 and two further Lawo mc² series consoles in No.8 Studio (aka the 800m² Studio) follows three prior AoIP projects for China’s national state broadcaster undertaken by Lawo. The audio console was installed in CCTV’s No.8 Studio in Beijing by systems integrator the NDT Group.

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“The renovation of CCTV’s 800m² Studio audio system was handled by our long-term partner NDT, and finished mid-Jan 2019,” says Lawo system engineer Sam Zhang. “As soon as it was finished, it was given a major mission—broadcasting the CCTV Spring Festival Gala, which is the largest live show on Chinese New Year’s Eve, with 1.3 billion watching. The 800m² Studio produced the 4K/UHD signal; the first time the Spring Festival Gala has been broadcast in 4K. The new system did the job perfectly.”

The new audio system for the 800m² Studio, where many music shows and full bands are recorded, comprises three mc² consoles—the 56-fader mc²96 for broadcasting, a 32-fader mc²56 for FOH, and a 40-fader mc²36 for monitors. The consoles share more than 300 analog and AES3 signal feeds, along with10 MADI feeds via two IP switches. Additionally, five Lawo Power Core remote production solutions and two A__madi4 units translate baseband signals into RAVENNA/AES67 streams and vice versa.

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Both the mc²96 and mc²56 consoles’ HD Cores being fitted with redundant DSP and router cards. The mc²96 will also provide a backup FOH feed, while the mc²56 provides a corresponding live backup feed.

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