Toronto, Ontario, Canada – July 29, 2008 … Alfacam is one of the leading TV service providers in Europe, and will play a leading role in TV transmissions of the Summer Games. In Beijing, Alfacam will not only be handling the production of different types of international HD feeds, but also the worldwide broadcast of the opening and closing ceremonies.
Because of their deployment in Beijing, plus simultaneous obligations to clients in Europe, Alfacam substantially increased its fleet of OB vans. In 2007 and 2008 alone, 10 new trucks and a new Portable Production Unit (PPU), equipped with Lawo mc²66 consoles, were commissioned to meet a series of upcoming productions.
To meet the strenuous demands of the greatest sporting event in 2008, Alfacam will be on site with a large number of OB vans. The Lawo mc²66 consoles will provide the technical heart of the control rooms. The console control surfaces have 32 or 48 faders and offer 96 or 144 DSP channels. Nine of the Beijing-based Alfacam OB vans, as well as the PPU and four additional audio control rooms featuring Lawo mc² consoles will be producing crystal clear sound for the television broadcasts.
According to Alfacam, decisive reasons for purchasing their Lawo consoles included high reliability, flexibility, simple modular expansion, and ease of operation on the mc²66. A short training time and the uniform design of the consoles means that every sound engineer can work in practically any OB van or audio control room.
Located at Lint in Belgium, the Alfacam broadcasting company is one of Europe’s leading TV service providers and, since its formation, has acquired the reputation of a world-class leader in this field. Alfacam covers a wide range of functions and events, such as ‘Rock in Rio’, staged in Portugal in 2006, the 2006 European Music Awards in Copenhagen, and the Africa Cup of Nations. Over recent years, Alfacam has particularly made a name for itself through some pioneering innovations. These include being the first European company to have invested in the 16:9 digital image format, having a giant OB van with no less than 27 cameras, recording a concert in 3D HDTV and, last but not least, putting their trust in Lawo consoles.
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 mc²66 console and all Lawo products, visit the company online at www.lawo.ca.