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Lawo-equipped OB vans broadcast Biathlon World Cup

Lawo mc²66 consoles have been used in OB vans by German broadcasters ARD, BR and ZDF, who covered this year’s Biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany.

International coverage for this year’s Biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding was a joint production of German broadcasters ARD and ZDF (see PSNE’s report on their Tour de France broadcast here), with both broadcasters depending on Lawo’s mc²66 console for their coverage. As this year’s host broadcaster, ZDF was responsible for the creation and distribution of international signals through its two OB vans – the MP4 and the MP5. The MP4 (pictured), where the international signal was created, was equipped with two Lawo mc²66 consoles, one larger model with 56 faders and 288 DSP channels, the other smaller, featuring 32 faders and 240 DSP channels. The MP5 was then added via MADI – using almost a whole mile of fibre optic cable – in order to control the 39 camera signals and the corresponding sound. “Since the overall sound contributes significantly to the creation of an optimal audience experience, the control room concept for a sport event of this magnitude sets very high requirements for the implementation of the sound in addition to a sophisticated and reliable intercom infrastructure,” explained Florian Rathgeber, technical director for global audio and video signals. Another German broadcaster, BR, was responsible for the national signal of ARD and ZDF. Their OB van, the FÜ HD1, was also equipped with an mc²66. The console was specifically designed for operation by two people, explained Jürgen Becker, audio production engineer for outside broadcasts with BR: “Large-scale sports events require a large number of input channels since multiple events have to be processed at the same time. For example, we might have to record an interview while running a broadcast. This, among others, is the reason why the mc²66 in the FÜ HD1 is pre-configured to be operated by two sound engineers.” ZDF and ARD have regularly produced the coverage of the Biathlon World Cup since December 2010 on an annually alternating basis. ARD has also deployed Lawo’s mc²66 consoles for their coverage last year’s Eurovision Song Contest.