Swiss systems integrator, SLG Broadcast (SLG), has provided a complete broadcast center for Radio 24’s new complex in Zurich, including IP-capable fit-out of two broadcasting studios based on Lawo technology. In a record-breaking construction period of just two months, the two studios and associated equipment rooms were built, plus 24 editors’ workplaces, some with an audio-over-IP connection. Both studios are identically equipped, using Lawo sapphire mixing consoles. These are each fitted with 12 faders and include a central module that can be operated by the host. Additionally, each desk is complemented by an additional 4-fader module for the news presenter or co-host, each with its own overbridge and configurable touchscreen. In the production studio, a Lawo crystal was installed to mix live performances on the stage and record them to via MADI to Pro Tools. Five of the 24 editors’ workplaces have complete IP-connection to the Lawo router, including intercom access to all studios. Lawo’s JADE virtual audio control center allows for readily accessible routing for phone interviews, multitrack editing and intercom. SLG Broadcast’s Marc Straehl commented: “The technical solutions for radio are so advanced that we were able to provide open workspaces, integrate moving pictures and audio, and route the program via mouse-click to different distribution paths. Thus, Radio 24 is able to produce programs in a global and modern way, not only using the phone but also the social media streams that are available at the host’s console. And although the station produces global programming, it remains close to the people of Zurich.” www.lawo.comwww.radio24.chwww.slgbroadcast.com
Lawo meets the twain of audio and video
The trend for video companies moving into audio continues, with projection giants Barco and Christie both marketing cinema sound systems, and Blackmagic Design launching an Audio Monitor. But it's a two-way street in which console manufacturer Lawo is exploiting its experience in IP to produce video matrix and processing units.