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Estonian Radio Upgrades with Lawo

Estonian public broadcaster ERR recently relocated five of its radio stations to a new production complex featuring Lawo broadcast consoles and networking.

Estonia (May 22, 2015)—Estonian public broadcaster ERR (Eesti Rahvusringhääling) recently relocated five of its radio stations to a new production complex featuring Lawo broadcast consoles and networking.

Vytautas Martinonis, head of radio technical and sound recording department, said, “After consulting with other radio stations all over Europe, we were in a position to define our requirements very precisely – and Lawo won the official tender due to the advanced technology and the price for both points it scored highest. Now we have efficiency and flexibility in our workflows we never had before.”

In addition to a central Nova73 HD router, ERR has also adopted five crystal and eight sapphire radio broadcast consoles. Besides acting as central router for signal distribution, the Nova 73 HD handles the studio switching and functions as talkback matrix. As master control system, ERR installed Virtual Studio Manager from L-S-B.

In the main control room, a 12-fader sapphire radio console is used as a broadcast mixer for the management of the five radio programs, and additionally will be configured for switching the scheduled studios. The studio complex is designed as a multi-purpose studio for panel discussions, meetings and general recordings and, due to the networked infrastructure, can be used by each program.

The first station to go live from the new studio complex was Raadio 2. This involved three control rooms, each with a 16-fader Lawo sapphire console for production.

“Presently, we benefit from the redundancy, flexibility in configuration, efficient use of resources and facilities from the Lawo equipment, says Martinonis. “In the future, this solution will allow us to expand simply by integrating the installation into our IP infrastructure using the AES67 compatibility of its RAVENNA IP technology.”

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