ABC UPGRADES ITS MELBOURNE STUDIO
The budget cuts may be threatening to kill off Peppa Pig and Lateline, but its nice to see that some funds have found their way into upgrading the ABC TV Melbourne studio.
The ABC studio situated in the Melbourne suburb of Elsternwick, has just taken delivery of two customised Lawo mc² consoles, the large-format mc²90 with 105 faders and one compact 48 fader mc²56.
Lawo’s CEO and President Philipp Lawo remarked “We are delighted to have supplied the ABC with Lawo’s mc²90 and mc²56 television production consoles. In cooperation with our Australian partner PAT we are looking forward to servicing the ABC in their future broadcasting needs.”
The mc²90 flagship console core was supplied with 27 MADI ports, 96 AES3 inputs and outputs, 8 DSP cards including a redundant stand-by card, fully redundant controller cards and power supplies. Two local DALLIS frames in Control Room 31 provides access to all local Control Room I/O, while being connected to the main console core in DCAR via MADI. 6 stage boxes. which also have fully redundant DALLIS frames, each with 48 Mic inputs, 16 Line outputs, 4 AES3 I/O, as well as 4 serial ports. The mc²56 NOVA73 HD core was equipped with 18 MADI ports, 64 AES3 I/O channels and 5 DSP cards including a redundant DSP card. Both consoles had access to hundreds of VST plugins via two Lawo’s plugin servers located in DCAR, and one of each connected to the consoles MADI infrastructure.
Professional Audio & Television who installed the systems worked closely with the Lawo project team in Germany, and while the mc²56 MKII consoles were being built, a comprehensive fibre network was installed throughout the entire studio. The mc²90 was delivered in various sections due to its size; two specialized Lawo factory engineers assembled and commissioned the 3.2m console which was completed in October, this year.
“We had to accommodate TV production schedules while performing this major upgrade of the audio facilities and it was imperative that the PAT project team worked extremely close with Lawo in Germany to assure all timelines were met precisely,” commented Patrick Salloch, Managing Director of PAT.
Excerpts from PR