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Lawo Tech Central To NPR Rebuild
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s an internationally acclaimed
producer and distributor of
non-commercial news, talk, and
entertainment programming, NPR
creates multimedia content that
reaches 26 million listeners weekly
and tens of millions more online
and on mobile.
In an effort to increase its operating
efficiencies, the news organisation
moved its headquarters to a restored
building in Washington's NoMa
neighbourhood, and upgraded to
the latest digital technology - much
of it coming from the catalogue of
Rastatt, Germany-based Lawo.
As the project manager and
lead coordinator for all operational
aspects of the broadcast facility in
the new building (which opened in
April 2013), NPR's Senior Director
of Engineering Shawn Fox had
a pivotal role in the selection
and implementation of the
equipment deployed.
The list of Lawo equipment
includes three sapphire radio
consoles, ten 8-channel crystal
consoles, ten 4-channel crystal
consoles, a large format mc²66
MKII production console, two
redundant Nova73 HD routers, a
whopping seventy Nova17 routers,
and another seven Nova29 routers.
Fox said:"NPR needed to
upgrade its broadcast and content

production facilities in order to
properly fulfil the transition from
analogue to digital technology.
"Our previous building was almost
20 years old and based on analogue
technology. Most of the equipment
was still in service, but was outdated
and constantly needed repair. NPR's
content production had also evolved
to incorporate new and exciting
platforms beyond traditional
broadcasting.
"The new 1111 North Capitol
Building Project was more than
just a facility wide system upgrade
- newer technologies were required
in order to be more flexible, and to
meet the ever-changing needs of a
24/7 news operation."
Lawo and NPR previously worked
together on smaller projects that
started with facility upgrades at
NPR's 635 headquarters in 2009.
Fox said. "These were small scale
projects in preparation for the 1111
New Building project."
The 1111 project started in
earnest late in the summer of 2011,
was operational mid-April, and
completed by July 2013.
Fox offers insight as to why the
organisation chose Lawo equipment:
"The products all run seamlessly
on NPR's redundant corporate
network, which is protected by
multiple firewalls and runs on

Shawn Fox, Senior Director of Engineering at NPR

separated VLANS."
He said: "Lawo has met project
deadlines and incorporated multiple
changes throughout the project.
Their ability to conceptually grasp
what we were looking to implement,
propose solutions, and come up
with the right equipment to make
these visions a functional reality
requires an in-depth understanding
of the market and the technologies
required to make everything come
together as a cohesive whole."

Commenting on the new facility
project and Lawo's involvement,
Fox added: "The timeline on
this project was extremely tight.
In some cases, systems came
online only weeks before the first
broadcast. Lawo representatives
were constantly onsite and they met
the requirements of the Engineering
Client base expediently and with
minimal negative impact to our
stations and listeners."

InTECH
Qatar's Radio Sout Al Khaleej Using VSM System
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out Al Khaleej radio station,
based in Doha, Qatar, has
choosen a VSM control system
as part of the broadcast facility's
modernisation and extension.
The objective of the modernisation
was to set up a MCR (Master Control
Room) to facilitate the routing of

mono and stereo signals.
The project was completed in the
middle of 2013 and involved the
integration of a new audio router
(Studer ONAir3000) in the MCR. This
was controlled using the VSM, which
brought together all the signals from
two studios, two DJ studios, an edit
suite and a MCR.
The role of the
VSM in the daily
broadcasting
operation is to
enable the flexible
use of the studio
rooms and facilitate
signal distribution
between
the
studios and the DJ
rooms. INC System
integrations in Dubai
was responsible for
the technical work
on site as a leading
systems integrator.
In addition to
the Studer Router
OnAir 3000 this
Sout Al Khaleej radio station is based in Doha, Qatar

reconfiguration of the broadcasting
facility included the installation of
Studer OnAir 3000 mixing desks.
Up until then routers were not being
used. In each of the studios, DJ
rooms and the MCR there is one
VSM LBP 32 desktop panel used
to switch the signals.
The buttons on the L-S-B panel
are freely configurable and new
functions can be assigned to them
at any time. The MCR has in addition
a VSM Panel combined with a touch
display to control all mixer sources
and targets in the studios.
The desktop panels in the studios
enable the staff to call up directly
every source in the facility. In
addition to controlling the routings
the VSM system has access to
all DSP parameters of the Studer
routing matrix.
System implementation and
modernisation work were carried
out while the station continued
to broadcast.
In addition the VSM system has
the advantage of automatic and

time-controlled routing. This enables
the customer to operationally preconfigure programme sequences
and set time-controlled, automatic
crosspoints. In this way all signal
switching is already assured
in advance.

The VSM system controls and
monitors the new system


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