Lawo AoIP technology features in MMG OB van

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A Lawo audio-over-IP (AoIP) audio infrastructure is at the heart of Media Mobil’s new OB van (UHD1). Media Mobil specialises in the production and broadcast of sporting, cultural and entertainment events.

Lawo equipment on board includes an mc²56 production console with 48 faders, with three WAN-capable A__stage 64 units serving as internal and external stage boxes, while a Lawo A__madi6 brings in audio from the Riedel system, EVS VIA video server, and the video control room.

The UHD1, a UHD/HDR OB van weighing 15 tons, is 9.5m (31.17ft) long and 4.5m (14.76ft) wide with the side wall extended, yielding a working production area of around 40m² (430.56ft²). Extra workspace is housed in the companion setup truck, which can be used for editing, graphics or as an EVS workstation. A fully redundant Mac Mini-based QLab audio feed system is directly connected to the A__UHD Core via Merging Ravenna, so the van can also be used for multi-track recording. The van is equipped with a fully redundant UHD/HD satellite broadcasting system.

The new Media Mobil OB van, UHD1. Image: Media Mobil GmbH

The new Media Mobil OB van, UHD1. Image: Media Mobil GmbH

After commissioning in November 2020, Lawo delivered and installed the equipment, as scheduled, in November 2021. That same month, the new OB truck was used for the production of the MDR talk show Riverboat, followed by the KIKA Award ceremony live from Erfurt, Germany, on 26 November.

“The decision to go with Lawo is no coincidence,” said Robert Hänsel, managing director of MMG Leipzig. “We have had good experiences with Lawo over many years, so choosing the audio infrastructure for the UHD1 was not difficult when the options were compared. We looked closely and decided on Lawo again. Important considerations, besides the quality, functionality and reliability of the mc²56, were the compact dimensions of the console and the immense space, weight and energy savings of the A__UHD core.”

UHD1 is equipped with a Lawo AoIP audio infrastructure. Image: Media Mobil GmbH

UHD1 is equipped with a Lawo AoIP audio infrastructure. Image: Media Mobil GmbH

The new-generation Ravenna/AES67-based mc²56, with A__UHD core audio engine, is configured per license to 256 DSP channels. The console has a compact size making it suitable for OB van installation; it is optimised for modern IP video production environments and designed for networking in complex production infrastructures, with full native support for SMPTE 2110, AES67/Ravenna and MADI audio streams.

Additional mc²56 features suited to fast-paced OB work include LiveView previews of linked video streams, multi-user, up-mix, down-mix and optional Lawo KICK, audio-follows-video functionality, integrated 3D/immersive mixing tools, parallel compression and Lawo AutoMix. With the integration of Waves SoundGrid Extreme, sound engineers have access to a large sound library.

Images: Media Mobil GmbH

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