Toronto, Canada (September 20, 2011)—New Zealand audio facilities company OSB is covering the 2011 Rugby World Cup with a fleet of Lawo-equipped OB trucks.
The biggest sporting event ever to take place in New Zealand is the 2011 Rugby World Cup, which kicked off September 9 with a match between New Zealand and Tonga at Eden Park in Auckland. Sky Network TV is broadcasting a total of 48 matches, all of them in HD with 5.1 surround sound.
Auckland-based OSB (On Site Broadcasting) has standardized on Lawo digital mixing consoles for all its OB operations. OSB's fleet of four HD vehicles, supplemented by two flyaway units also equipped with Lawo consoles, will cover the 12 venues for the RWC, roaming from Whangarei in the north of the country to Invercargill in the south. "These are highly-spec'd matches and even though we are used to it, this eight-week tournament will require a lot of back-up," says OSB founder Ray Standidge.
All of OSB's vehicles are designed as standalone audio and video broadcasting units. With technical specs that include up to 276 inputs, 48 sub groups, 32 aux sends and 96 track busses, the mc266 consoles can be configured in hundreds of different ways, but they won't be: "We wanted all our audio facilities to be identical, with the same configuration for each console so the operators would be able to move between them seamlessly."
"The whole audio network is carried on a single fiber optic cable," explains Rene Bullinga from PROTEL, Lawo's distributor in NZ. "OSB will gain advantage by using the same spec for each of their mobile units. Although the flyaway kits are using mc256 consoles, all the units are using the same combination of cores and I/O and DALLIS."