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Lawo helps Eurovision sound as good as ever

Company's 64-fader mc²56 consoles are being used both in the OB trucks on site and in a separate music room where the audio of the delegations and interval acts is being mixed

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest broadcast will include audio mixed on four Lawo 64-fader mc²56 consoles, Nova routing cores and the company’s VSM broadcast control system.

All have been installed in NEP’s UHD1 and UHD2 OB trucks which are on site at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam ahead of tonight’s first semi-final.

The two OB trucks are set up in a Main/Backup configuration for easy protection switching. 

Two additional 48-fader mc²56 consoles, along with monitoring equipment and outboard gear provided by Lawo Rental, are being employed in a separate music room where music producer Tijmen Zinkhaan will mix all delegations and interval acts. While all broadcast audio connections are streamed via RAVENNA/AES67, the audio signals for the PA at the Ahoy venue are provided by Dante cards inside the Nova routing cores.

The selection of Lawo equipment was a deliberate choice by the Eurovision Song Contest 2021’s head of sound, Thijs Peters: “There was never any doubt that Lawo consoles were the perfect match for this prestigious assignment. They sound great, their routing capabilities are infinite, our setup integrates seamlessly and can be conveniently and intuitively controlled via Lawo’s VSM broadcast control system.”