Rastatt, Germany (March 27, 2017)—The National Symphony Orchestra became the first orchestra to play live music on NPR’s All Things Considered in February, performing to air through NPR’s Lawo mc266 audio production console.
It’s become an anticipated event: Each year, All Things Considered hosts a well-known musical group in-studio, which plays live-to-air from the popular morning news program’s home studios in NPR’s Washington, DC headquarters.
But this year’s guest performers were bigger than most which have graced that facility. On February 27, 2017, the 70-plus members of the U.S. capitol’s National Symphony Orchestra performed the show’s instrumental interludes, featuring pieces from Mozart and Elgar, in NPR Studio 1.
The entire performance was mixed using NPR’s Lawo mc266 audio production console, installed as part of a total systems project which also encompasses three broadcast studios, 10 production suites, six production booths, and the technical operations center.
In addition to the mc2 console in Studio 1, Lawo sapphire and crystal radio mixing consoles are used throughout the facility, networked via a MADI-based routing matrix controlled by dual-redundant Lawo Nova73 audio routing systems.