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The ball is rolling

Gerhard Rieber (SWR) at the mc²56, IBC, Johannesburg

During the football tournament in South Africa, German broadcaster Südwestrundfunk (SWR) is acting in the name of ARD, the nationwide German radio and TV network, as customer of the World Cup’s host broadcaster, Swiss Host Broadcast Services (HBS). This means SWR is responsible for all organisational, technical and logistical matters for ARD.

ARD Radio uses Lawo equipment for the world championship.

In turn, HBS is responsible for the entire technical infrastructure used for the production of international video and audio feeds of the world championship. ARD’s TV and radio audio feeds are both produced using Lawo consoles and routers.

For ARD’s radio studio control room, SWR rented a total of seven Lawo crystal consoles plus a mc²56 console from Audio Broadcast Services (ABS). Most of the equipment in question had already seen action at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. “The cooperation with our colleagues from ABS covers far more than just the rental business. For the system integration, for example, we needed to cooperate very closely”, explains Gerhard Rieber, head of technology for ARD radio in South Africa. Technical preparations for South Africa were very similar to the planning and implementation of the Vancouver Winter Games broadcasts.

Notwithstanding the material produced by SWR, including live recordings and self-recorded sound bites, both of which are edited within the mobile production network, saved and sent to Germany via audio file transfer, HBS sends all relevant feeds from the stadiums to SWR’s HD Core via ARD’s and ZDF’s master control room (MCR) using a MADI link. Again via MADI, SWR then distributes these feeds to the various other studios. 

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 decades of experience in the field of professional audio technology. In 2010, the company celebrates its 40th anniversary.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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