German broadcasters ARD and ProSieben will use outside broadcast units equipped with Lawo technology for the bulk of their Eurovision Song Contest coverage.
Park Studios GmbH was contracted by ARD and ProSieben to create the supporting infrastructure in Düsseldorf for a ProSieben preview show and the broadcasters’ coverage of semi-final events.. Both OB trucks being used for the project are equipped with Lawo mc²66 consoles, including Media Mobil GmbH’s MMG Ü8 truck, which features a 56-fader desk with full 5.1 capability. Two stage boxes with 40 mic inputs and 16 return paths, plus two further stage boxes with 24 mic inputs and eight return paths, can be connected via fibre optics.
Subsequent to the final, a ‘Grand Prix’ party in Hamburg’s Reeperbahn will be covered live by ARD. SWR’s FÜ2HD vehicle – again equipped with a Lawo mc²66 – will be used for broadcasters before and after the final round, as well as during the voting.
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, commented: “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.”