Russia’s Channel One Relies On Lawo

Looking to improve its audio production operations at its Moscow Television Technical Center headquarters, Russia’s Channel One has upgraded two control rooms dedicated to its 24/7 live news service with Lawo mc²96 audio mixing consoles. The mc²96 provides native SMPTE 2110 support for flexible operation.

The new Lawo systems were installed to handle the audio for Channel One’s news show, “Time,” which airs live content during the entire day. The consoles are also used for live coverage of high-profile events like the “9 May/Victory Day,” and “Immortal Regiment” parades, which can last up to five hours.

The broadcaster has also acquired two 12-fader, Lawo Sapphire mixing consoles for backup-purposes, along with Nova 73 DSP cores and DALLIS stage boxes in an ST2022-7 redundant configuration to support both the mc²96 and the Sapphire consoles.

Ravil Haerdinov, Channel One’s Main Sound Director of the Information Programs department, said that in choosing the Lawo consoles, they needed “raw processing power in an intuitive, user-friendly format.”

Channel One has also installed two 12-fader, Lawo Sapphire mixing consoles for backup-purposes.

Channel One has also installed two 12-fader, Lawo Sapphire mixing consoles for backup-purposes.

In fact, the console’s processing power is provided by Lawo’s VisTool software, which can be customized and offers fully featured audio processing. VisTool is Lawo’s virtual radio studio environment that provides operators single-point access to all the tools they use daily. VisTool’s GUI is instantly understandable, because it works the same way tablets and touchscreens do.

Another feature of the mc²96 console important at Channel One is the six assignable free controls per channel strip that allow operators to use the console in a near-analog fashion. In addition, the ability to protect (lock) all required signals was key for the fast-paced and competitive environment of 24-hour news delivery and high-profile special events.

Given the scope of the station’s operations, command triggers and several GPI/O cards were specified for convenient control of all lamps, Group Mutes and other functions. With seven Lawo V__pro8 video processing units with audio embedding/de-embedding in house, Channel One is able to fully leverage the convenience of the mc²96’s LiveView functionality of video thumbnails for fast channel identification by operators; even in hectic situations. Likewise, the console’s Fader Notch function is programmed to click at 0dB, allowing audio engineers to take advantage of the Fader Start function and intuitively find the 0dB setting without looking at the faders.

Color coding of encoders and high-res color TFTs further contribute to the mc²96’s intuitive operation. Users can create, save and recall multiple personalized free control layouts directly in their own bay. Its 21.5” full HD touch-screens work hand-in-hand with the touch-sensitive color-illuminated rotary encoders. An equalizer window automatically pops up when touching the equalizer encoders, and after the parameters have been adjusted, the window closes without additional user action. Close positioning of the TFTs and encoders provides a constant and clear overview of parameters and graphs.

The first MCR at Channel One went on air in September 2019 and the second has been operational since October. After the commissioning stage, Lawo provided training for the audio engineers and sound directors.

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