Lama’s new AutoMix solution introduced at this years Roland Garros

Lama AutoMix was introduced at this years Roland Garros. (Photo by Kyodo News Stills via Getty Images)

Netherlands-based software start-up Lean And Mean Audio (Lama) introduced its AutoMix solution at this year’s French Open at Roland Garros, broadcast by Eurosport across continental Europe from 21 September to 11 October.

Lama AutoMix is an intelligent software solution that allows broadcasters to combine multiple audio signals and automatically create a well-balanced mix. Signals from commentators, international sound and video sources are mixed in real time into a single output that meets industry standard levels.

The software provides crucial flexibility for broadcasters like Eurosport as it often need to increase and then decrease the number of audio feeds. For events such as Roland Garros, allowance for multiple concurrent feeds is needed as there are commentators for various languages, but once the event is over, the number of feeds need to be easily scaled down.

AutoMix was key to providing Eurosport’s scalability requirements as it can run on any standard computer hardware with an ASIO driver, and has been optimised to run on virtual machines (VMs), using the Ravenna/AES67 driver from Merging Technologies, which further adds to its flexibility and scalability.

The company said that VMs offer more efficiency, as they require less space and maintenance costs are lower, and the flexibility of using AoIP in the software allows for multiple inputs from various locations, meaning commentators can be in separate booths or even different locations, which is essential with strict COVID restrictions in place for the foreseeable future.

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