Third-Generation mc²56 Production Console at IBC

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It’s the newest evolution of an iconic mixing console: the Lawo mc²56, to be unveiled in its European premiere at IBC 2018.

With hundreds in prestigious locations around the world, the latest iteration of the mc²56 – a console that virtually dominates the audio production industry – rises to even greater heights, incorporating groundbreaking capabilities drawn from Lawo’s flagship mc296 while retaining the compact size, flexibility and versatile design that have made it the worldwide choice for applications as diverse as broadcast trucks and studios to live performance and recording.

The new mc²56 is optimized for today’s IP-video production environment, designed from the ground up for networking in complex production infrastructures, with full native support for SMPTE 2110, AES67 / RAVENNA, DANTE and MADI audio streams. Its renowned, best-in-class networking performance rises to even greater heights thanks to unique new capabilities such as IP-Share gain compensation and DSCA Dynamic Surface to Core Allocation.

Because reliability is paramount, the console’s local I/O provides dual-redundant IP network interfaces to deliver two simultaneous, identical, connections to the Nova73 router, following the SMPTE 2022-7 “Hitless Merge” standard for stream and port redundancy. Comprehensive local I/O includes 16 Lawo-grade Mic/Line inputs, 16 Line outputs, eight AES3 inputs and outputs, eight GPIO, and a local MADI port (SFP).

When using shared DALLIS I/Os, Lawo’s unique IP-Share Network Gain Compensation prevents unexpected gain changes for up to eight networked consoles when individual users are adjusting their gain settings. The DALLIS I/O communicates with all networked consoles and its IP-Share algorithm sets the optimum analog gain for multi-client requirements. IP-Share additionally ensures that the corresponding gain compensation is applied to the digital gain stages of all consoles when the analog gain of the preamp is adjusted.

The mc²56 work surface has also been enhanced. A new extended free control section gives operators direct access to four parameters in addition to gain control for perfect balance between de-centralized and centralized control workflows, and allows both global and individual parameter assignments to the free controls of each channel strip.

In addition to Button-Glow and colored touch-sensitive encoders, new color-TFTs provide clearer color-coding of channel strips for enhanced visibility and faster access in low light conditions, while Lawo’s revolutionary LiveView provides thumbnail previews of video streams directly in the fader strip. The overbridge, with ultra-sensitive 21.5” HD touchscreens, contains two slots for individual user panels, with five options to choose from: a 40-key programmable user panel, a TC automation panel, a dedicated Reveal Fader panel, an RTW TM7 Goniometer, and a two-slot RTW TM9 Goniometer.

mc256 is well-suited for broadcast applications, with such highlights as multi-user operation, advanced mix assist systems (AutoMix, upmix, downmix and optional Lawo KICK), comprehensive Audio-Follow-Video functionality, integrated 3D/Immersive mixing tools and parallel compression.

For recording applications, mc²56 provides dynamic time-code automation, Lawo-grade mic preamps and processing, DAW remote control and a customizable signal chain with four independent dynamic modules.

Features tailored to the performing arts include Selective Recall, Oversnaps (relative trim-sets), a comprehensive theater automation cue list including multiple triggers (MIDI, GPIO, LTC), Waves SoundGrid and Neumann DMI-8 digital microphone integration, and mirror-console operation.

Built-in loudness metering completes the package, giving full loudness control in broadcast, live, theater and HoW applications. mc256 loudness metering adheres to ITU 1770 (EBU/R128 or ATSC/A85) specifications, and can monitor peaks and loudness separately, or in combination.

Available in frames from 16 to 112 faders, mc²56 supports a massive 8,192 x 8,192 crosspoints, with 888 DSP channels, 144 summing buses and 128 Aux buses at 44.1 - 96kHz operation. With a 64-fader surface suited to most OB vehicle dimensions, a 16-fader stand-alone extender may be added to an mc²56 for subsequent expansion at any time.