(l-r) Erinn Thorp, senior production engineer, and Rick Perry, studio audio manager, at Turner Studios.
Atlanta, GA (November 4, 2011)—Turner Studios, the broadcast production division of Turner Entertainment Group, has taken delivery of a second Lawo mc290 production console.
Combined with the facility's expanded Lawo Nova 73 HD router for rights-management of shared router I/O resources with the company's original mc290 that resides in Audio Control Room 22 (ACR22), the new console and enhanced infrastructure are expected to improve operating efficiencies. The mc290 is Lawo's flagship large format production console. This new, second console resides in ACR21. Turner Studios provides turnkey services for film, video, and audio production for all of the Turner Entertainment Networks.
The new desk is configured with 48 channel faders, 16 central faders, 256 channels of AES I/O, 48 analog inputs, and 64 analog outputs. There are seven DSP cards onboard that are capable of 448 fully-processed channels. The console's core is tied to a Nova 73 HD MADI Router with 192 channels of MADI I/O using fail-over redundant connections. For this project, the Lawo Nova 73 HD was expanded to 40 MADI I/O ports, providing access to eight sound stage/studios and other shared resources such as a 64-channel I/O Pro Tools|HD system and the other four Audio Control Rooms, which include the studio's first mc290 and three additional consoles. The 8000 x 8000 Nova 73 HD router is currently configured for approximately 1300 signals in and 1000 signals out.
Rick Perry, studio audio manager at Turner Studios, reports the new console will be used for live sports studio shows and sports integration, including NBA, MLB, NCAA, NASCAR, PGA, and broadband programming. Perry notes, "Among the numerous shows we'll be producing here, the new system will be used in the production of NBA Gametime Live, which is the flagship program of NBA TV. Additionally, the new system will be used for musical performance programs, talk shows, and as part of our video production facility's live and post operations."