Lawo Upgrades for Bell Media
Having completed a series of significant upgrades to six control rooms at its Agincourt and Queen Street campuses in Scarborough, Ontario, in 2011, Bell Media (former CTV Canada) has expanded and integrated its Lawo mc²56 and zirkonXL consoles around a Lawo Nova73 router – creating a networked infrastructure with a total of five mc² series consoles.
The initial installation supported migration from SD to HD, and included four mc²56 MkI digital production consoles and two zirkonXL consoles. These have now been joined by a further mc²56 MkII console.
The audio mixing systems were initially chosen for the broadcast of the 2010 Winter Games by Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium and comprised a 64-fader mc²56 console configured with DSP cards, redundant processors, 15 MADI ports, 32 AES3id I/O, and three DALLIS frames which were located at the Agincourt Campus, Control 8. A 48-fader mc²56 was installed at Agincourt Control 9, fitted with four DSP cards, a single processor, 15 MADI ports, 32 AES3id I/O, and three DALLIS frames.
Lawo systems were also installed in four control rooms at the Queen Street campus, including a 64-fader mc²56 console with five DSP cards and a 48-fader mc²56. The campus was also the recipient of two Lawo zirkonXL consoles, each with 24 faders, four MADI ports, 12 AES3id I/O, and 24 analog I/O ports.
This latest mc-series console is the fifth at Agincourt, with the Nova 76 router installed to enable all existing and new consoles to be integrated together as a centralized networking system using MADI. The entire system update was completed within two days – over the course of a weekend – adding a new control room without interrupting production schedules.