Lawo introduced mc²96 Xtra Fader Version at IBC

Lawo mc2 96 Xtra

At IBC 2019, Lawo was showcasing the new Xtra Fader Version of their mc²96 Grand Production Console – providing an increased fader count in the Central Control Section. 16 instead of eight faders in the Sweet Spot – a layout option which can also be retrofit into existing consoles – provide direct access to the double number of channels in the ideal listening position. Audio engineers enjoy an enhanced freedom for a more convenient and flexible workflow in fine-tuning their audio production settings. The mc²96 console’s Xtra Fader Version is dedicated to demanding studio and OB truck applications with a need for maximum number of faders on a small footprint: The mc²96 Xtra Fader Version allows to apply a 112-fader frame that fits into a mere 2350 millimetres (92.52 inches) width for the installation in standard-sized OB vans (truck crosswise).

“By making the new mc²96 Xtra Fader Version available also as a retrofit, we’re giving access to this increased functionality to all our mc²96 customers,” says Christian Struck, Senior Product Manager Audio Production. “Our IP-based “Grand Production Console” is widely praised for its comprehensive functionality, convenient and flexible workflow, and for the most transparent high-quality sound all over the world, and the new panel adds even more value.”

The Lawo flagship audio mixing console has been specifically designed to provide optimal performance in video production environments through native support for all relevant IP standards – SMPTE 2110, AES67, RAVENNA and DANTE. The Lawo mc²96 console, available in frame sizes with 24 to 200 faders – and additional faders of the mc²96 Xtra Fader Version – is capable of 44.1 - 96 kHz operation and boasts a routing capacity of up to 8,192 x 8,192 crosspoints, and a processing power of up to 1024 DSP channels. Featuring the same legendary quality faders known from Lawo’s mc²90 series for extremely smooth and precise fades, the 21.5“ full HD touch-screens as well as color-TFTs in channel strips and touch-sensitive color-coded encoders provide for fast overview and user-friendly operation.

In addition to standard channel labeling via channel numbers, individual text labels and static pictures or icons, the mc²96 features LiveView video thumbnails for even greater intuitive channel identification. Touching a fader changes the LiveView thumbnail to full-screen mode, providing a more detailed view of that channel’s video source, such as a camera or a replay machine.