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A big PAT on the back for Lawo from NZ broadcaster Sky

When New Zealand broadcaster Sky decided to upgrade their old Lawo mc²66 console and Nova73 TDM-based system to a new IP audio system, they decided to install a Lawo mc²56 48-fader production console.

Supplied by Lawo partner and system integrator Professional Audio & Television (PAT), the mc²56MkIII console is powered by two fully redundant, 1RU super compact Lawo A_UHD-Core audio engines. 

Integrated into the console is the RTW TM7 audio metering unit, giving the Sky audio operators reliable eyes on their audio. Lawo’s cloud-native management platform HOME is responsible for connecting, managing and securing all audio aspects of Sky’s live production environment and is supported by six PowerCore I/O gateway nodes with full support for ST2110, AES67, RAVENNA, and DANTE.

The media network is clocked by a Meinberg M1000 with dual HPS100 High Precision PTP modules, with each card offering the ability to support up to 2,048 PTP-Clients in Unicast, as well as more than 250,000 Delay Requests per second in Multicast or Hybrid mode, or more than 400,000 NTP requests per second.

Phase 2 of this project will see Sky’s existing Lawo mc²36 console and several Lawo V_pro8 video processors integrated into their new IP workflows.

Justin Loza, Sky NZ, Platform Owner Broadcast Core, said, “When embarking on our first AoIP (Audio over IP) project, we wanted to align with a company that has a proven track record and understanding of IP technologies, has experience implementing large scale projects and solutions, and were willing to become an extended arm of the Sky team – PAT has delivered just that. 

“Lawo and PAT have gone above and beyond to meet our requirements, built strong relationships with our staff, collaborated on design and even accepted last-minute changes with no complaints and a smile on their faces.

“We look forward to building on this successful formula in the future.”

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