KBS South Korea gears up with Lawo mc² audio consoles

As part of an ongoing modernisation process, Korean national broadcaster KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) has chosen Lawo to supply and install digital equipment – following the earlier upgrade of KBS’ master control room with 16 Lawo Nova17 MkII routing systems and VisTool workplaces for visualisation and control. For the broadcaster’s news studio and a new OB truck, KBS decided on two mc²66 digital audio consoles equipped with the latest RAVENNA/AES67 Audio-over-IP interfaces.

While the news studio has been on-air since the beginning of 2015, the OB installation will be concluded by August 2015. Soundfox International, Lawo’s partner in Korea for Broadcast Audio & Video, is overseeing all of these KBS installations.

From previous experience with custom Lawo digital systems, and after considering all relevant options, KBS awarded the modernisation of their news studio for KBS News1 (NS1) to the German manufacturer in autumn 2014. The project began in October, and an mc²66 console was installed and ready for news production in December.

Besides modernising the fixed installations, KBS is also upgrading its OB fleet. For this, a new mc²66 console is being set up, configured and customised in Germany during the summer to be delivered to KBS in early August 2015. The concept includes the use of Lawo stageboxes using RAVENNA technology. This month, KBS and Soundfox engineers will visit regional German broadcaster Südwestrundfunk (SWR) in Baden-Baden close to Lawo’s HQ to inspect the equipment and installations.

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