First NHK Mobile Unit in USA with Lawo mc²56xt Dual Fader Console

NHK OBVan Equipped for 22.2 Channel 3D Surround Audio Production

Japanese Broadcaster NHK has fielded a new OB truck in the US market fitted with Lawo technology and designed specifically to capture major US sports events and deliver a unique, high-quality audio experience to its viewers back home. The new mobile unit is the first RAVENNA-based truck in the US, utilizing Lawo’s newest dual-fader mc²56xt mixing console. The console provides a 64 fader surface in an audio booth with only 84 inches of linear space. It accommodates 288 DSP paths with 8,192 x 8,192 audio routing capability and three DALLIS I/O stageboxes in a redundant configuration.

The RAVENNA technology fully supports AES67 and offers a proven solution for critical broadcasting operations. In addition, the truck is capable of up to 22.2 surround sound as a potential audio delivery format for the network. In a long-standing cooperative effort between NHK and Lawo, the two companies have been working together to develop the tools and practical applications needed to create an immersive audio experience with 3D surround audio and are committed to developing further technical innovations.

NHK Mobile Unit First in USA with Lawo mc256xt Dual Fader Console Equipped for 22.2 Channel 3D Surround Audio Production

NHK's Kazutaka Noda in front of the Lawo mc²56xt Dual Fader Console


In its current configuration the truck supports conventional stereo and surround mix capabilities and serves as a test bed for deployment of 22.2 surround mixing and monitoring. The on-board operations and engineering team elected to debut the new truck in a live broadcast of a baseball game between Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees that took place on September 28th in New York. The ultimate winners of the game were the numerous Japanese baseball enthusiasts who not only watched an exciting game but were able to experience it by listening to a high quality audio production designed to put viewers more fully in the field of play. More recently the unit has been deployed for coverage of this year’s major league baseball playoffs including the league championships and World Series.

Lawo AG
Lawo designs and manufactures pioneering audio and video technology for TV and radio broadcast production, post-production, as well as live performance and theatrical applications. Products include digital audio mixing consoles, routers, video processing tools as well as IP-based video and audio transport solutions. All products are developed and manufactured according to highest quality standards at the company’s headquarters in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany.