Rastatt, Germany (October 2, 2017)—Brazil’s Globosat, the largest pay TV operator in Latin America, used a Lawo mc296 Grand Production Console for the first time at this year’s 10-day Rock in Rio festival featuring Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Jovi and others.
Through Latin American system integrator and Lawo partner LineUp Broadcast Systems, Lawo provided Globosat with a 40-fader mc296 fitted with Ravenna, AES and MADI cards, along with a sample-rate converter and a compact core for the console. The console was integrated with a Lawo Nova73 Router using Ravenna. The setup took advantage of a legacy Globosat structure resulting from the company’s involvement in the Summer Olympics broadcast from the Barra Olympic Park last year.
“In 2015, we made the first live broadcast with 4K and Atmos to some of our viewers, and this time, we’re trying new mixing ideas, positioning some instruments in 3D with very interesting results,” said Gabriel Thomazini, audio coordinator at Globosat.
“For the Rock in Rio festival, we developed a specific workflow with a remote mixing room at our headquarters, 14 km away,” he noted. “We received 128 input channels from the Mundo stage and 64 from the Sunset stage; we chose which stage we wanted to mix just by changing productions. For transport, we used Lawo V_link [video-over-IP transporters] and RAVENNA-based streams.”
Thomazini said, “We are mixing in 9.1 (5.1.4) to deliver for the Dolby encoder the immersive content and this console has the necessary flexibility to configure specific monitoring paths from the encoder outputs, for example. We can check the results after encoding in 5.1.4, 5.1 and stereo, just configuring a user button. The mc296 has several improvements with a dedicated monitoring section and up/ down control of 3D panning.
The Globosat setup also used a pair of 64-track Sound Devices 970 Dante- and MADI-equipped audio recorders. Audio monitoring was taken care of by a Genelec system.