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Lawo Takes America’s Cup Series

Lawo consoles will help broadcasters deliver this year's America's Cup to a global audience.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada (June 8, 2011)–Lawo consoles will help broadcasters deliver this year’s America’s Cup to a global audience.

Presteigne Charter, a broadcast dry hire and systems rental specialist, has ordered three mc²56 digital audio consoles and Nova29 router from Lawo, for the inaugural America’s Cup World Series 2011-2012, a global program of regattas designed to bring the sport of high-performance sailing to a wider audience ahead of the legendary America’s Cup itself.

Starting in Cascais, Portugal, in August, the nine-day regattas will feature both fleet and match racing, and will be televised in HD to millions of fans internationally. Presteigne Charter will supply the audio production facilities at each location, standardizing on the Lawo mc²56 format, with additional mixing capability in the shape of a Lawo crystal on-air console.

This purchase extends a working relationship between Lawo and the Presteigne Charter Group, which first deployed mc²56 consoles in 2008 for coverage of the French Open Tennis Championships and subsequently the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Paul Murray, for Presteigne Charter, confirmed that “our very positive experiences with Lawo’s consoles on a variety of prestigious sporting events made the company an obvious choice for the World Series.”

Each mc²56 console will have 48 faders (16+16+16), with similar HD cores using up to 8 MADI interfaces with a DALLIS stagebox. On location, the desks will be installed into temporary control rooms, linked via MADI through a Nova29 MADI router. Presteigne Charter’s choice of the Nova29 universal router for the heart of the broadcast facilities provides the network with 1024×1024 I/O, which can be switched transparently.

One of Lawo’s crystal on-air consoles has also been ordered for the task of mixing multi-lingual commentary, primarily for internet and large-screen coverage.