Independent sports programming producer IMG recently relocated its United Kingdom operation to new facilities on the outskirts of London. The process involved the installation of its large digital audio network, which relies on a Lawo Nova73 router using net links to serve no fewer than 15 mc256 MkII digital mixing consoles.
The build required nine months and the actual installation happened over six weeks. It was first assembled at the premises of system integrator TSL.
According to Lawo, the system originally included 12 consoles but increased to 15 (a combination of 48-input mc256 MkII consoles for larger productions, and 32- and 16-fader consoles for radio and Web streaming). In addition to the central router, each of the consoles has its own Nova73, enabling all of the facility’s resources to be shared by all of its mixing consoles.
The Radio Studio 1 features a 32-fader console, and Radio Studio 2 with a 16-fader console.
The studios are built around a completely digital MCR with full connectivity to all IMG Studios operations, and more than 200 HD links to companies such as Arqiva, Globecast, EBU and BT. The post production facilities include 72 edit destinations integrating tapeless workflows from acquisition through to delivery for transmission and archive.
The system operates without custom software to produce 21,000 hours of television and more than 30,000 hours of radio annually.