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Lawo equipment broadcasts Eurovision Song Contest

Four Lawo mixing consoles from three generations and a Lawo matrix provide the worldwide sound

(PresseBox) (Rastatt, ) When, at the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest on 12th May, participating nations line up for this world-famous music competition, around one thousand million viewers and listeners will witness the event via their TV sets or radios.

This year's host broadcaster, the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation (YLE), will broadcast the event live from the Helsinki Arena, a huge venue that can hold up to 12,000 people.

Audio Broadcast Services (ABS) have been appointed by YLE to equip the main music control room and the master control room on a rental basis - with technology that will make the broadcast possible. Because of the complexity of this event and the absolute equipment reliability required, ABS will provide Lawo products that, among other benefits, excel by their superb flexibility and high level of redundancy.

Signal distribution will be handled by a Nova73 HD routing system, which will supply the master control room, and integrate four Lawo consoles from three generations. The main music control room will be equipped with an mc²90, Lawo's latest flagship console. This will supply a 5.1 surround mix to the HD-1 OB truck rented from Prisma, using a Lawo mc²66 console that will add the atmos and presenter feeds. The production in HDTV and 5.1 surround will be also uplinked in these formats. During the contest, two further YLE-owned OB trucks will be in place for radio broadcast and backup; one is fitted with a Lawo mc²80 and another with a Lawo mc 80, mixing consoles of earlier generations.

ABS will not only provide Lawo technology but will also equip the master control room with extra control panels and metering systems. In addition, ABS will take overall responsibility for the technical engineering and matrix configuration; ABS staff will install the equipment and provide on-site support 'on the night'.

YLE's Matti Helkamaa, Technical Audio Director, is convinced this solution is the right one: 'We have had extremely positive experiences using Lawo equipment in our studios and OB trucks, as well as at live events when we rented equipment from Lawo. For example, when on-site at the Olympic Winter Games in Torino, we used a Lawo mixing console and Lawo matrix on a rental basis. We are sure that the Eurovision Song Contest will add to this chain of positive experiences.'

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