Lawo @ Prolight+Sound
Presenting product range for live and install including the brand-new mc²56
Lawo’s exhibition setup at this year’s Prolight + Sound on E89 in Hall 3.1 focuses on IP-based products and solutions for theater and live applications. In a practice-orientated environment, visitors can experience the full range of mc² audio production and live consoles as well as Lawo IP routing systems and AoIP interfaces. The highlight on the Lawo booth is the presentation of the brand-new mc²56 which was unveiled in a world premiere at NAB 2018 the day before opening of the Frankfurt show.
mc²56 – A Global Standard Re-Defined – Debuted at NAB 2018
Lawo’s third generation of the mc²56 marks a further step in the evolution of a mixing console that dominates the audio production industry with hundreds of units in operation around the world. The new mc²56 incorporates groundbreaking features drawn from Lawo’s mc²96 flagship console without sacrificing the identity of its predecessors – retaining the compact size, flexibility and versatile design that address applications ranging from broadcast trucks and studios to live performance and recording.
Optimized for IP video production environments, the new mc²56 has full native support for SMPTE 2110, AES67/RAVENNA and DANTE®. Its established best-in-class networking performance rises to the next level with the addition of unique capabilities such as IP-Share gain compensation and DSCA Dynamic Surface to Core Allocation.
Available in frames from 16 to 112 faders, the mc²56 supports up to 8,192 x 8,192 crosspoints, 888 DSP channels, 144 summing buses and 128 aux buses at 44.1 - 96kHz operation. 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 labeling displays. 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.
The new mc²56’s extended free control section gives direct access to four parameters in addition to gain control for perfect balance between de-centralized and centralized control workflows. The console allows both global and individual parameter assignments to the free controls of each channel strip.
Additionally, the console’s overbridge with state-of-the-art capacity sensing 21.5” full HD touchscreens contains two slots for individual user panels, which can be populated from a choice of five options – 40 additional buttons, a TC automation panel, a dedicated Reveal Fader panel, a RTW TM7 Goniometer or a RTW TM9 Goniometer (occupying both slots) – the choice is yours.
Originally requested for broadcast applications, the console’s built-in loudness metering is also useful in live, theater and house of worship applications, providing full loudness control in accordance with ITU 1770 (EBU/R128 or ATSC/A85) with peak and loudness metering either separately or in combination.
Among the console’s broadcast highlights are multi-user operation, advanced mix assist systems (AutoMix, UpMix, DownMix, optional: Lawo KICK), comprehensive Audio-Follow-Video functionality, integrated 3D/Immersive mixing tools (a dedicated elevation controller is standard) and parallel compression. In recording applications, it offers dynamic time-code automation, Lawo-grade microphone preamps and processing, Machine/DAW remote control and a fully customizable signal chain with four independent dynamic modules. For the performing arts, the console includes Selective Recall, Oversnaps (relative trim-sets), comprehensive theater automation cue list including multiple triggers (MIDI, GPIO, LTC), Waves SoundGrid and Neumann DMI-8 digital microphone integration, and mirror-console operation.
The console’s local I/O provides two IP network interfaces for redundant connection of the surface’s local I/O to the Nova73 router following the SMPTE2022-7 hitless merge principles of stream and port redundancy. Comprehensive local I/O includes 16 Lawo-grade Mic/Line inputs, 16 Line outputs, eight AES3 inputs and outputs, eight GPIOs plus a local MADI port (SFP).
Lawo’s mc²56 is not limited to a stand-alone operation, but has been designed from the ground up for networking in complex production infrastructures via IP (SMPTE2110, RAVENNA/AES67, DANTE) or MADI. 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 being adjusted.
mc²96 Grand Production Console
In Frankfurt Lawo will also present their fully IP-based mc²96 Grand Production Console, optimized for performing arts, broadcast and recording with a unique set of features. With its native support for all relevant IP standards – SMPTE 2110, AES67, RAVENNA and DANTE® – it is fully capable of performance in IP-based infrastructures. As an outstanding feature, the Lawo DANTE card is fitted with an SRC for smooth integration of heterogeneous sample rate environments. With selective recall, oversnaps and comprehensive theater automation cue list including multiple triggers (MIDI, GPIO, LTC, ...), the mc²92 provides extensive theater capability. The seamless integration of Waves SoundGrid servers with the mc²96 console provides extensive real-time signal processing in addition to its internal processing engine. The system gives operators access to Waves’ comprehensive plug-in library, allowing them to conveniently control reverbs, multi-tap delays, graphic equalizers and multiband compressors directly via the console’s keyboard and touch-screen. No additional monitors or controls are needed – which results in a clean working space and less external hardware. All plug-in settings can be easily stored and recalled with the console’s snapshots.
The seamless integration of Neumann DMI-8 digital microphones allows adjustment of Gain, Pre-Attenuation, Polar Patterns, Low Cut filter settings and others. The DMI-8 digital microphone interface converts the AES42 data format supplied by the microphone into a RAVENNA/AES67 signal. This completely integrated digital workflow from microphone into the mixing console takes the dynamic range and signal fidelity to an exciting new level and production tasks like line check can be executed in just a few seconds.
With mirror-console operation for SCR and FOH consoles, A/B input switch, cascaded / nested VCAs, IP-ShareTM Network Gain Compensation, iPad and Windows Tablet remote control software and integrated loudness metering for “visual” mixing, the mc²96 Grand Production Consoles meets even highest demands for theater applications.
Addressing applications requiring very large format mixing and routing functionality, the desk offers a number of innovative mix-assist systems that enable engineers to focus on creating sophisticated, high-impact audio presentations for viewers.
mc²36 The All-In-One Production Console
Also on show in Frankfurt will be Lawo’s mc²36 all-in-one live mixing desk with comprehensive feature set covering broadcast, theater, houses of worship, live and installed-sound applications. Its uncompromised sound quality and Lawo-grade mic preamps offer unprecedented value. A powerful DSP micro-core with internal 512x512 port audio matrix and integrated I/O make it ideally suited for permanent installations with limited space. And the mc²36 integrates seamlessly into IP infrastructures, thanks to native AES67 / RAVENNA networking technology.