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Lawo Consoles in the Mix at the 2010 Asian Games

Seven broadcasters deploy Lawo technology in Guangzhou

Lawo digital consoles were much in evidence at the XVI Asiad, otherwise known as the 2010 Asian Games, staged in Guangzhou in November 2010. A record 14,000 participants from 45 countries and regions took part in 42 events, setting another Asian Games record.

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Host broadcaster Guangzhou Games Broadcasting (GAB) appointed a number of OB specialists, among them 22 Chinese broadcasters, to provide teams and equipment to manage the production of the international TV and radio feeds from different locations. With 53 competition venues in use, it was a busy time for the broadcast professionals, a large proportion of which were using Lawo mixing consoles, ranging from small zirkon desks to large-format mc²66 MKIIs.

For the all-important Opening and Closing Ceremonies, staged at Haixinsha Island Compound, GAB built two audio cabins, one for 5.1 surround sound mixing, the other for full redundancy. Both studios were equipped with Lawo 40-fader mc²66 MKII consoles, supplied by local rental company Ding Run.

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Ding Run themselves sub-contracted the Lawo systems from the specialist German company Audio Broadcast Services GmbH (ABS). Working from hardware-specific guidelines set by Ding Run, ABS used its extensive experience with major sporting events to draw up the console configurations. ABS also provided four engineers on site in Guangzhou for set-up and commissioning, and to give support during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as the duration of the games.

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Two more of ABS’s Lawo mixing systems were on duty at the Huangpu Sports Centre Gymnasium for the basketball competition, and at the Guangdong International Boating Centre, the still water and slalom venue. Both these locations used 48-fader mc²56 desks, with redundant Router, MADI port and DALLIS master cards.

Also at the International Boating Centre, Chinese broadcaster CCTV was filing live reports for Channel 1 and its sports Channel 5, using two 32-fader mc²66 consoles. KBS, the Korean Broadcasting Service, was not far away, with its own mc²66.

Other competions being relayed via Lawo systems included volleyball (Fujian TV OBV), football (Guangxi TV OBV), baseball and softball (Tianjin TV OBV) and handball (Hangzhou TV OBV), underlining the popularity of Lawo technology with the broadcasting community in China.

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About Lawo AG

Lawo, headquartered in Rastatt/Germany, specialises in developing, designing and manufacturing mixing consoles and matrix systems for radio and TV broadcasters, as well as for use in live events. Standards of high quality and innovative technology are supported by more than 40 years of experience in the field of professional audio technology.Lawo’s product range covers digital audio mixing consoles for use in radio, broadcast, production and live applications, including the required software. In addition to the provision of matrix systems and audio networks, Lawo also carries out project engineering tasks and acts as a main contractor for radio OB trucks; these services include user training and maintenance. This high level of expertise results in a comprehensive support service for Lawo customers.

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