Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
6/4/2008 9:13 AM
Toronto, Ontario, Canada – June 04, 2008… The French Open, one of the most prestigious international tennis events, is in full swing. Traditionally, the toughest games always take place on the red clay of Paris, as clay courts are significantly slower than hard court surfaces. In order to provide the right audio backdrop for broadcast, the Presteigne Charter Group, a prominent worldwide provider of broadcast rental equipment based in London, selected Lawo mixing consoles for this event. Certainly no cracking serves or balls skimming the edge of the net will be missed by TV viewers with these consoles handling audio.
For the first time ever, two mc²66 digital consoles, capable of accessing shared inputs and outputs, are being used for the Roland Garros Grand Slam tournament. Each console has 56 faders and 144 DSP channels that can be routed via a 3072 x 3072 matrix. During the French Open, the consoles are being used for programs broadcast by ESPN and TTC (the Tennis Channel). The consoles are located in a ‘container village’, built by the organizer specifically for this event. Apart from live broadcasts of the matches, the mc²66s are also used in their Control Rooms to mix the sound for panels of experts and interviews with the tennis players.
The Presteigne Charter Group deliberately decided on the mc²66 consoles from Lawo, as it was imperative to have an easy-to-set-up, highly flexible system, with low weight but the full performance specification of a broadcast console. Another crucial factor was the networkability of the two consoles, and common access to all inputs and outputs. These points ensured that Lawo became the winner of the game, set and match!
The next sports challenge for Presteigne, again using two mc²66 consoles, will be coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games for Australia’s Channel 7 and TVNZ (TV New Zealand).
Lawo is a manufacturer of digital audio networking systems and consoles for a wide range of applications from small to large scale audio production in television and radio, post production, and live sound. Established in the 1970s, the company’s manufacturing center is located in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany. For additional information on Lawo’s plug-in integration and all Lawo products, visit the company online at www.lawo.ca.