Rastatt, Germany (October 3, 2012)—Sky Sport News HD, the first sports news broadcaster to serve Germany and Austria 24/7, is operational with a Lawo console in its main control room.
For setting up the first round-the-clock sports news station in Germany, Sky Germany required an individual live studio with video and audio control room. The central audio mixing console is a second-generation Lawo mc266 with a 24+8 frame, equipped with 32 faders, three DSP boards supplying 144 DSP channels. After a software update, the number of DSP channels was increased to 288. Like the router card connected with four Dallis frames, the power supply unit and the master MADI boards are also implemented in a fully redundant design.
“Being on-air in a 24/7 routine, the reliability of the complete system infrastructure plays a crucial role: all components are under continuous operation and, at the same time, have to deliver full performance around the clock,” says Holger Lentge, the audio engineer at the system integrator. “The Lawo mc266 mixing console offers the required operational reliability. It excels by its high performance and thus allows the smooth 24-hours operation.”
The Lawo mc266 console is integrated into a Mosart control concept, so that only two operators may operate the control room. “The Lawo Remote Protocol is supported by the Mosart control—that’s why the communication between the two systems works extremely well. Thus, not only static matrix states, but also dynamic parameters, like fader movements, can be remote-controlled,” says Lentge.