Eurovision Song Contest 2011


Two Lawo equipped OB trucks guarantee professional sound for ARD and ProSieben supporting programmes.

For German broadcasters ARD and ProSieben, the whole of May 2011 revolves around the European Song Contest (ESC). The bulk of the broadcasts for ARD and ProSieben will be managed by outside broadcast units equipped with Lawo technology for optimum audio quality.

Eurovision on ProSieben and Das Erste
Starting on May 9, the first daily broadcast of a special show — ‘Total Eurovision’ — will be broadcast on ProSieben. ProSieben will then show the first semi-final on May 10, while the second semi-final will be broadcast by ARD on May 12.

Park Studios GmbH has been contracted by ARD and ProSieben to create the supporting infrastructure in Düsseldorf. In order to be able to produce the ESC programmes around the Contest in HD, the company will not use their own SD OB van but Media Mobil GmbH’s MMG Ü8 truck. However, Martin Mallach, the sound engineer responsible for the entire programme in the run-up to the finale, will not have to adjust to new audio to accommodate the equipment change. Both OB trucks are equipped with Lawo mc²66 consoles. Mallach is a committed mc²66 user, and considers it “justifiably the standard when it comes to OB trucks”.

The 56-fader Lawo console in the MMG Ü8 is fully 5.1 capable. Two stage boxes with 40 mic inputs and 16 return paths plus two further stage boxes with 24 mic inputs and 8 return paths can be connected via fibre optics.

On the Reeperbahn...
On May 14, Lena Meyer-Landrut will have to defend her winner’s title in the final of this year’s song contest, which will be held in Düsseldorf’s Arena.

With Hamburg being the second German ESC capital along with Düsseldorf, the official party will be held in Hamburg’s Reeperbahn. This young, but already traditional event begins at 8:15pm with ‘Eurovision Song Contest — Countdown für Deutschland’ (Countdown for Germany) (ARD). Following the broadcast of the final from Düsseldorf, a mega ‘Grand Prix’ party will kick off on the Reeperbahn at 12:15am, covered live by ARD. SWR’s FÜ2HD truck will be used for broadcasts before and after the final round, as well as during the voting. This truck is also equipped with a Lawo mc²66 as its core element.

FÜ2HD’s Lawo console features a total of 140 microphone inputs, 192 DSP channels, and 56 faders. The router is equipped with a redundant router card and provides a maximum of 8,192 x 8,192 crosspoints. Matthias Eberhardt, technical director for FÜ2HD, is above all convinced by the usability of the Lawo console: “The controls on the mc²66 are just so intuitive. And our broadcasts also benefit from the console’s ability to create stereo and 5.1 surround sound simultaneously.”