Viacom Goes Big with Lawo

Viacom Media Networks Music and Entertainment Group has installed the largest Lawo mc266 audio console currently deployed in a remote broadcast production unit.
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New York, NY (May 13, 2016)—Viacom Media Networks Music and Entertainment Group has installed the largest Lawo mc266 audio console currently deployed in a remote broadcast production unit.

The group was an early adopter of Lawo technology, with Lawo consoles currently appearing on five of its mobile audio production units, of which Atlas—comprising two 53-foot trailers: an A unit for video and a B unit for audio—is the newest. The unit’s maiden voyage supported the production of Grease Live!, which aired January 31 on FOX.

The newly installed Lawo mc266 console consists of a main section with central mix position containing 48 faders. In addition, the console is outfitted with two 16 fader wings mounted left and right, which can be used inclusively to form an 80-fader mixing desk, or as auxiliary mix positions where additional audio engineers can manage effects, recording feeds or other tasks. The system infrastructure supports 384 channels and includes 240 mic preamps.

The Atlas B unit is home to a completely custom designed and built control room, with design provided by Texas-based acoustical designer Russ Berger Design Group. Unusually large for a production truck, the facility contains one of the mobile industry’s largest audio control rooms and also boasts an adjoining large equipment storage room.

The control room and console allow for separately configurable mix positions with capacity for 5.1 audio monitoring and an innovative use of 4K multi-viewers to monitor video feeds, as well as various functions of the console and associated software tools such as DAWs, effects plug-ins and audio routing management functions. Lawo’s Nova73 routing technology is at the heart of the console core where all audio routing is performed and can be controlled by either the A1 or the EIC from multiple points within the truck, or remotely. Three DALLIS Stageboxes and a plug-in server are also part of the overall audio system infrastructure.

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