Lawo Welcomes Modulation Index as RƎLAY Virtual Radio Partner
Since Lawo debuted its award-winning RƎLAY Virtual Radio Mixer software at NAB and IBC 2016, “virtualization” has become a hot topic among radio engineers.
“Radio engineers have been watching IT, and acknowledging the benefits of virtualization,” says Michael “Catfish” Dosch, Lawo’s Director of Virtual Projects. “IT professionals choose software running on COTS computers because it scales easily, can be administered remotely, and costs a lot less than racks of dedicated hardware. Radio understands that software virtualization can reduce the cost of building radio studios too, while providing remote troubleshooting and easy scalability; advantages we’ve never had ‘til now.”
“When we began talking about Virtual Radio software, Greg Ogonowski was one of the first to contact us about partnership,” says Dosch. “Naturally, we jumped at the chance!”
Greg Ogonowski, whose name is instantly recognized in broadcast engineering circles for his audio processing expertise, and years as VP of Product Development at Orban, is now President of Modulation Index LLC, makers of StreamS Live Encoder software.
Ogonowski says “When I saw Lawo’s RƎLAY Virtual Radio Mixer, I knew I wanted to be their partner. Lawo really gets it. They have a vision of radio studios built around versatile, easy-to-use software running on commodity PCs. That’s my vision, too, because the combination of off-the-shelf computers and software-based broadcast tools is incredibly powerful and cost-efficient compared to the traditional way of building radio studios.”
The first Modulation Index product to be sold through the R3LAY.com webshoppe is nCode, a version of their StreamS Live Encoder package featuring professional HLS/MPEG-DASH streaming with adaptive multiple bit rates, and available only to RƎLAY clients.
Lawo VRX4 and VRX8 Virtual Radio Mixer software let broadcasters integrate studio mixing console functions with their other software tools, using the power of common studio PCs that already host playout systems, codecs and VoIP phone apps. Combining the studio mixer with other audio apps in a multi-touch environment gives talent a single point of focus to use in controlling all aspects of their shows — at a fraction of the cost of traditional studio hardware.
Lawo’s RƎLAY products are a complete line of Virtual Radio tools designed for in-studio use. They include RƎLAY VRX4 and VRX8 (4- and 8-fader) Virtual Radio Mixer software, VPB Virtual Patch Bay software, and VSC RAVENNA / AES67 Virtual Sound Card driver for Windows PCs. For on-the-go remotes, RƎLAY VRX Virtual Radio Mixer can be purchased with a compact professional audio interface with mic, line, AES3 and AES67 I/O.