This year’s 65th edition of the EBU Eurovision Song Contest 2021 (ESC) in Rotterdam, which kicked off with a “Turquoise Capet event last week in introducing all 33 semi-finalists, saw Netherlands-based OB company NEP outfit its UHD1 and UHD2 twin OB trucks with Lawo 64-fader mc²56 consoles, Nova routing cores and VSM control system for the broadcast chain.
Two additional 48-fader mc²56 consoles, along with monitoring equipment and outboard gear provided by Lawo Rental, are stationed in a separate Music Room where music producer Tijmen Zinkhaan will mix all delegation and interval acts. While all broadcast audio connections are streamed via RAVENNA/AES67, the audio signals for the PA at the Ahoy venue are provided by Dante cards inside the Nova routing cores.
The selection of Lawo equipment was a deliberate choice by ESC 2021 Head of Sound Thijs Peters: “There was never any doubt that Lawo consoles were the perfect match for this prestigious assignment. They sound great, their routing capabilities are infinite, our setup integrates seamlessly and can be conveniently and intuitively controlled via Lawo’s VSM broadcast control system.”
The lineup will help broadcast mix engineer Andre Swart, FX engineer Marcel Korfage and music producer Tijmen Zinkhaan to provide a sonic foundation for all finalists at the Grand Final on Saturday, May 22. Dutch host broadcasters NPO, NOS, AVROTROS joined forces with OB companies United (EMG) as well as NEP to cover the event.