2008-07-17

More than 50 mc² consoles for Beijing 2008

Surround control rooms and OB vans will use Lawo technology.

In August, Beijing will resound throughout the world — and also in our ears. For when this year’s biggest sports event takes place, the audience will experience an outstanding performance from the audio. No surprise then that Lawo will be present in the Chinese capital, providing its excellent technology from Rastatt/Germany.

While teams from over 200 nations compete for fame and honour in their chosen disciplines, Lawo will also have a top squad on the starting blocks. This team, however, will not excel with fast sprints and high jumps, but with superb technology, maximum reliability and perfect audio quality. We are talking about the multiple Lawo mc² consoles that will give excellent results and create contented faces in the ‘Land of Smiles’.

Cutting edge technology from Lawo has not only won the race for 17 surround control rooms in Beijing. Many European and Asian OB vans will also employ mc² consoles, which sums up to a total of more than 50 mc² consoles that will be in use — the sheer number reveals that these latest-generation mixing consoles have become an international reference.

The OB van fleet from Europe with mc²66 consoles on site in Beijing for broadcasting the world feeds includes many Alfacam trucks as well as OB vans of Outside Broadcast and Prisma OB. The mobile audio technology is expanded by several audio control room cabins with installed mc²66 consoles. Two of them will be also used by the Finnish broadcaster YLE. Among the Asian companies that will use mc²66 desks for the Olympic Games are the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV (Chinese Central Television) and OB vans of Fujian TV and Hainan TV.

Lawo’s subsidiary for the rental business Audio Broadcast Services (ABS) is installing 17 surround control rooms with mc² desks in Beijing for the sound mix. ABS is also responsible for planning, delivery, project engineering and on-site support.

Apart from implementation and support of the surround control rooms at Beijing, ABS will offer an additional service: they will hold a pool of Lawo equipment available for hire to any broadcaster should they need help if their equipment capacity limit has been exceeded, or they have suffered a system failure. It will even be possible to hire a flight-cased mixing console system.