Key to achieving this was the choice of a Lawo mc²56 console, the same model used in NEP’s OB vans
NEP Sweden provided their three Stockholm studios with a permanent Studio Control Room in readiness for the new Stjärnornas Stjärna live music show of Sweden’s TV4 that premiered in March. At the center of this Studio Control Room (SCR) is a suite of products and systems from Lawo.
The main focus of the 1,600m², 800m² and 167m² studios is NEP Sweden’s live broadcast production of Friday and Saturday TV entertainment and music shows. Consistent requests from clients prompted NEP Sweden to build a fixed SCR. The aim was to retain the flexible use of the studios through efficient technology and intuitive operation. Key to achieving this was the choice of a Lawo mc²56 console – the same model used in NEP’s OB vans – VSM Control and Monitoring System and an upgrade of the room acoustics.
The SCR concept and technical planning of the 26m² SCR were handled in-house by NEP Sweden, with Broadcast Solution serving as the system integrator and managing the installation. The room acoustics were designed by Per Sörlin of Kista-based company, Tonteknik Engineering.
The 48-fader Lawo mc²56 at the heart of the SCR is fitted with four DSP Cards, providing 192 DSP channels and 8,192 x 8,192 non-blocking crosspoints with fully redundant signal paths at 96kHz, 24-bit resolution. A Waves Plugin server is also integrated into console, which features five MADI ports to accept inputs from the studio, multitrack recorders and playback systems. Additionally, two Lawo DALLIS stageboxes provide it with 32 mic/line inputs, eight AES in/outputs and eight line outputs.
The installation includes two Lawo VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) system servers with accompanying vsmLBP-16e, vsmLBP-17 and vsmLBP-50e hardware control and monitoring panels. There are also five multi-purpose touchscreen panels used in a wireless network for mobile control of VSM – making it easy to set monitor walls and change the content on the show’s video screens from across the studios. Five Lawo V__pro8 video processors were chosen for embedding/de-embedding, and for lip-sync and Dolby-E encoding.
‘Star of Stars’ live music show
The project got fully underway in December 2017, when the order was placed with Lawo, and was completed in early March in time for the debut of Swedish TV4’s new Stjärnornas Stjärna (Star of Stars) live music show.
Presented by Swedish comedian, dancer, actress, television personality and now “star wizard”, Petra Mede, the show is a competition between established artists to perform live interpretations of songs from styles other than their own – such as country, Latin, hard rock, soul, opera, synth pop, musical, Svenska visor (traditional Swedish songs) and disco. Each week, the show has a “genre expert” who coaches the performers, then viewers vote to determine the best performer in each round – and ultimately to select the “star of stars” at the end of the season.