Eurosport has started using an innovative auto mix solution, created by Dutch software start-up LAMA (Lean And Mean Audio). The solution uses virtual machines and Ravenna / AES67 AoIP.
LAMA AutoMix is the first intelligent software solution that allows broadcasters to combine multiple audio signals and automatically create a well-balanced mix. Signals from commentators, international sound and video sources are mixed in real-time into a single output that meets industry standard levels.
Flexible And Scalable
The flexibility that AutoMix provides is crucial for broadcasters like Eurosport, as they often need to increase and then decrease the number of audio feeds. For events such as the Olympics or Grand Slam tennis tournaments, like Roland Garros, they need to allow for multiple concurrent feeds, with commentators in various languages. But once the events are over, they need to be able to easily scale down the number of feeds.
With a traditional hardware setup, it is much harder to scale up and scale down. Eurosport were faced with an extra challenge when commentators had to work remotely due to COVID. The scalability that a software solution provides was key in responding to these challenges.
Virtual Machines And Ravenna / AES67 AoIP
AutoMix can run on any standard computer hardware with an ASIO driver. It has also been optimized to run on virtual machines (VMs), using the Ravenna / AES67 driver from Merging Technologies, which further adds to the flexibility and scalability. Using VMs is more efficient, as they require less space and maintenance costs are lower. Especially when you need to scale up, the price of running extra VMs is significantly lower than sourcing extra audio hardware.
The flexibility of using in this software solution also allows for multiple inputs from various locations. This means commentators can be in separate booths or even different locations, like their home, which is essential with strict COVID restrictions in place for the foreseeable future.
Doing More With Less
Many broadcasters are now facing the challenge of delivering more content on digital platforms, with a selection of different events available continuously and concurrently. All of LAMA’s products are based on their ‘connect & forget’ philosophy and are designed to minimize the amount of interaction required. The software automatically and continuously measures and monitors the performance. As a result, AutoMix lets you control more mixes with one operator than other competing solutions.
The team at LAMA are experienced audio professionals who are passionate about the quality of sound. The results from Roland Garros have proven that this solution delivers a brilliant listening experience, simpler, faster, and more efficiently.
LAMA will continue to work with partners like Eurosport to develop new solutions for the broadcast industry. The LAMA team can provide a fast turnaround for additional requests and are always looking to improve the solution for their customers.
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