MDR goes IP with Lawo mc² infrastructure

MDR goes IP: Lawo mc² infrastructure delivers exciting stories from the radio drama SCR in Halle/Germany

German public broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) maintains a mix of excitement, entertainment and information in its radio dramas and features, which range from children's programs to adult thrillers. These elaborate productions rely on good radio drama and a qualified, dedicated team, and also the facilities equipped with modern, high-performance technology. For its main programming, MDR uses its radio drama complex in Halle, Germany.

In the MDR Studio Control Room, a Lawo mc²66 recently replaced an mc²82 audio mixer after it had operated efficiently and reliably for 13 years. To meet anticipated future demands of radio drama production, the broadcaster decided on a new mixing console and the renewal of its audio infrastructure. Besides the mc²66 – a 56-fader console with 192 DSP channels and integrated plug-in server – the installation includes a 5kx5k Lawo Nova73 for audio routing, with talkback by a Lawo sapphire card. Three DALLIS units provide flexible and cost-efficient mobile stageboxes that serve the entire drama production complex. The most significant change, however, is the future-facing adoption of an IP infrastructure based on RAVENNA.

Dismantling the old gear, setting up the new equipment, and the overall system installation was carried out by MDR’s subsidiary, DREFA MEDIA SERVICE GmbH/Audio System Service, while planning and project management was undertaken by MDR Operation Management/Planning Media Production.


About Lawo
Lawo designs and manufactures pioneering network, control, audio and video technology for broadcast and post production, as well as live performance and theatrical applications. Products include control and monitoring systems, digital audio mixing consoles, routers, video processing tools as well as solutions for IP-based A/V infrastructures and routing systems. All products are developed in Germany and manufactured according to highest quality standards at the company’s headquarters in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany.