MMG’s UHD1 OB van equipped with Lawo audio-over-IP technology

Media Mobil GmbH (MMG) has opted for a Lawo AoIP audio infrastructure at the heart of its new flagship OB van, dubbed UHD1.

Lawo equipment onboard includes an mc²56 production console with 48 faders, with three WAN-capable A__stage 64 units serving as internal and external stage boxes, while a Lawo A__madi6 brings in audio from the Riedel system, EVS Via video server, and the video control room.

UHD1, a UHD/HDR OB van weighing 15 tons, is 9.5m long and 4.5m wide with the side wall extended, creating a working production area of around 40sqm. Even more workspace is housed in the companion set-up truck, which can be used for editing, graphics or as an EVS workstation. A fully redundant MacMini-based QLab audio feed system is directly connected to the A__UHD Core via Merging Ravenna, so the van can also be used for multitrack recording. It is equipped with a fully redundant UHD/HD satellite broadcasting system.

After commissioning in November 2020, Lawo delivered and installed the equipment, as scheduled, in November 2021. That same month, the OB truck passed its baptism of fire with the production of the MDR show Riverboat, one of the channel’s biggest talk shows, followed by the KIKA Award ceremony live from Erfurt.

“The decision to go with Lawo is no coincidence,” said Robert Hänsel, managing director of MMG Leipzig. “We have had good experiences with Lawo over many years, so choosing the audio infrastructure for the UHD1 was not difficult when the options were compared. We looked closely and decided on Lawo again. Important considerations, besides the quality, functionality and reliability of the mc²56, were the compact dimensions of the console and the immense space, weight and energy savings of the A__UHD core.”

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