Brazil’s first 4K OB truck with Lawo, Ravenna technology debuts at Maracana

GloboSat’s newly-built TV OB truck is producing live broadcasts from World Cup matches played in the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The vehicle, which was completed in time for this year’s event, is Brazil’s first 4K OB truck and incorporates Lawo audio equipment and Ravenna IP networking technology.

At the heart of the audio control room is a latest-generation 48-fader Lawo mc²56, which is both compact and powerful. The interfacing to the outside world is taken care of by a DALLIS I/O system in the truck and two DALLIS stageboxes (with port redundancy) that are linked via Ravenna. The console’s integrated Lawo Plugin Server allows seamless integration of plugin effects that can be recalled with stored snapshots.

Gabriel Thomazini, sound engineer in Rio on the GloboSat OB truck, reports on his work with Lawo: “We have had good results with audio-over-IP for some time, but we now face the requirement for a higher channel count and infrastructure growth. We are ready for this next level of challenge with Ravenna/AES67 and the Lawo mc² series. For us, Lawo represents an ideal balance between technology and functionality for a complex event like the World Cup.”

Following the group matches, the Maracana stadium will host the quarter finals, the final and the closing ceremony. All will be broadcast utilising Lawo sound and Ravenna technology.

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