GERMANY: Betamobil's first HDTV truck equipped with a Lawo mc2 66 desk was put given its initation during Berlin celebrations, writes Dave Robinson. The Unification Day event this year comprised a three-day party at the Brandenburg Gate.
On the evening of 3 October, festivities hit a peak with a free concert, featuring German pop bands Die Prinzen, Ich & Ich, In Extremo and the internationally renowned Scooter, plus many more, who all performed on the stages at the Gate. At the same time, this concert proved to be a successful 'baptism of fire' for HD5, Berlin TV provider Betamobil's new OB truck, equipped with a Lawo mc2 66 console.
According to Thomas Busch, Betamobil's technical director, it was the comprehensive functionality provided in a compact frame that led to the purchasing decision of the mc desk. Extreme flexibility in use and an easily configurable design meant it was well suited for the broad application requirements of the Betamobil OB truck.
Thomas Busch puts it into a nutshell: "All in all, a convenient tool." As a closing remark on the project, he adds: "From our first point of contact, right up to the first production on the mc2 66, we had a very fruitful and successful cooperation with the entire Lawo team!"
This project took one and a half years, with Betamobil using its own systems house to build the OB truck. The vehicle arrived in Berlin in a 'rack-ready' status, whereupon Betamobil completed the interior. The truck is 12m long, weighs 26 tonnes, and is equipped with twelve cameras.
The Lawo mc2 66 has 24+8+16 faders and provides a routing capacity of 8000 x 8000 crosspoints. As the audio router is integrated with the console, no additional routing matrix was necessary. The console offers redundancy of the control card, the PSU and also, depending on the configuration, 192 DSP channels.
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