South Korea (September 10, 2020)—Korean Broadcast System (KBS), South Korea’s public broadcaster, has implemented Lawo IP technology, including two mixing consoles, as part of a renovation project of its TV production facilities at its headquarters in Seoul.
New Lawo mc²96 Grand Production and mc²36 “all-in-one” mixing consoles replace older mixing systems at KBS that were unable to meet requirements for current and future productions. Like all Lawo broadcast products, the mc²96 and mc²36 mixers are native IP consoles, with Ravenna/AES67 built in. The new setup also includes Lawo Dallis stagebox interfaces and a Nova routing system.
System integration was provided by Lawo’s Korean partner, Dong Yang Digital, who conducted a remote factory acceptance test on June 29, working closely with KBS engineers and Lawo technical staff in Rastatt, Germany, and the project was finalized in early August.
The 88-fader mc²96, Lawo’s flagship production console, is now installed as KBS’ main mixing console in the completely renovated production complex. Optimized for IP-based video production, it boasts more than 300 DSP channels plus SoundGrid integration and is the first large-scale digital mixing console deployed to mix concerts at a KBS site. The music programs and concerts, as well as KBS TV drama, entertainment and film award ceremonies, are produced in the TS-15 SRC with live audiences in an open-studio concept.
Its companion, the 40-fader Lawo mc²36, takes over the tasks of mixing live studio performances and also serves as sub-mixer and backup mixer for the mc²96.
In addition to the new Lawo consoles, the facility’s renovation encompassed a full replacement of stage and audio infrastructure of the KBS TV concert hall. Even the main speaker system was replaced, with a Lawo Nova73 router providing mic/gain control for each console, a MADI connection for FOH and the monitor mix consoles, and Ravenna integration with full operational redundancy. Two modular Lawo Dallis I/O units are configured as stageboxes, the first providing 112 mic/line inputs while the second Dallis handles 44 AES3 digital inputs.
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