Lawo Launches New Audio Console, Audio-to-IP Interface
Lawo has brought a number of innovative new products to the NAB convention in order to demonstrate real-world solutions for broadcasters who want to move seamlessly between baseband and IP infrastructures, as well as a brand new broadcast audio console – the mc²56XT.
Lawo Launches mc²56XT Audio Console
Lawo introduced the mc²56XT broadcast audio mixing console in a world premiere at NAB Show on booth C2218. The new console was showcased for the first time in Las Vegas, offering all of the high quality audio performance and features of the company’s successful mc²56 console while pushing the envelope even further by doubling the fader count on the same footprint. Responding to the need for a surface arrangement that provides more physical faders, the console has been designed to be both easy to understand and intuitive to operate, while delivering performance that combines the proven quality of Lawo consoles with an enhanced feature set that includes many advanced capabilities. The XT model can be configured with 48 to 144 faders arranged in a high-density dual fader layout, with further expansion achieved using 16 or 32 fader stand-alone extenders.
Philipp Lawo, CEO of Lawo AG, comments: “The new mc²56XT addresses a variety of requests that we’ve received from sound engineers. By adding more faders on the same footprint we have demonstrated Lawo’s commitment to listening carefully to our customers while also providing world-class, customizable solutions for the most demanding mixing projects. I’m confident many audio professionals will find the mc²56XT desk a compelling solution when high fader count is needed in a restricted operating environment.”
The mc² 56XT can be custom configured to address a wide range of workflow requirements. The metering bridge shows all fader Ievels clearly on the console’s HD touchscreen displays, with multi-row metering allowing for easy viewing of all fader levels, including the XT‘s second fader row as well as signals from other layers or banks. For further customization the overbridge also accommodates integration of additional modules such as a user panel or RTW goniometer. And recognizing that AoIP will, in the next few years, become the dominant transport technology in the broadcasting industry, Lawo has already integrated RAVENNA / AES67 technology into all mc² 56 consoles – with only two slot-in cards allowing the construction of a consistently reliable audio network.
Lawo A__line Audio-to-IP Interface Premiers at NAB
In a premiere showcase demonstration, Lawo also introduced the Lawo A__mic8, the first member of the company’s new A__line family of high-quality Audio-to-IP interfaces. A__line products are designed to provide easy and reliable solutions for intuitively transporting analog and digital audio signals via IP network environments. Based on RAVENNA technology, all A__line devices are also compatible with the AES67 audio-over-IP interoperability standard and include the company’s new VisCon__Navigator, an intuitive software application for easy set-up of audio and video streams in IP networks without the necessity for deep IT knowledge.
The first in its new line-up of A__line products, the A__mic8 combines eight Lawo-grade Mic/Line Inputs, four Line Outputs, eight GPIOs and two RAVENNA/AES67 Ethernet ports, all in a compact 19” 1RU device. Perfect for work in multiple applications and environments, the A__mic8 features Lawo’s premium grade mic pre-amps, designed to fulfill the highest demands in audio quality, providing ultra-low distortion and noise with superior audio performance and the capability to be remotely controlled via IP-network connection.