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The nerve centre of Studio Berlin’s new UHD/HDR OB truck

Studio Berlin's new Ü10 outside broadcast truck has been fitted out with Lawo mixing consoles and control systems.

Lawo has announced that German TV production service provider Studio Berlin has commissioned a new UHD/HDR OB truck called ‘Ü10’, which has been fitted with Lawo mixing consoles and control systems. The company said that the truck’s audio control rooms are equipped with an mc²56 production console and an mc²36 all-in-one console and are powered by fully redundant A__UHD mixing cores and a Lawo VSM broadcast control system. Planning and construction of the vehicle was managed by German system integrator Broadcast Solutions.

“As part of our new OB van build, we were faced with the decision of which audio system to use,” said Mathias Heinrich of Studio Berlin, sound engineer for Ü10. “We wanted forward-looking IP technology, and we have always relied on Lawo for audio processing and mixing, so only A__line AoIP nodes combined with a new mc²56 MKIII or an mc²96 came into consideration. Due to the space limitations of an OB van, we opted for the mc²56 console.”

The Ü10 has already been used for the German Television Awards (RTL) and will be used mainly for the production of the German Bundesliga football league going forward. The truck is designed as a trailer and contains enough space for up to 26 people thanks to an extension of 60m² of working space. It can work with up to 24 UHD cameras, and is completed by a modern set-up truck. None of the technical components are installed in the OB van itself, but are housed in ten 19″ racks in the central equipment room of the accompanying set-up van. Both vehicles are connected to each other by redundant fibre optic interlinks.

“Due to the structured surface of the Lawo consoles and their peripherals, a seamless transition with almost unchanged operation is possible despite the technology change to ST 2110 AES67/RAVENNA,” added Heinrich. “The Lawo audio infrastructure combines to make a high-performance system that we believe can cope with almost any large-scale production. The Ü10 was conceived and built with major sports productions and show events in mind, and is therefore equipped to handle any imaginable production.”