Lawo Mix Kitchen enables live remote audio mixing from anywhere
Lawo has announced that its mc²-series audio production consoles as well as its surface-less operations including mc² Micro Core can be controlled from anywhere in the world with a decent internet connection — even using a smartphone as a 4G personal hotspot.
Inspired by Lawo’s desire to assist audio engineers during the testing lockdown situation, Mix Kitchen is a long-term solution for any scenario where physical access to the broadcast centre is cumbersome or simply impossible due to changed travel arrangements, traffic conditions and so on.
The most important ingredient of the proposed setup is remote fader control using a Mackie HUI-compatible fader panel. Lawo’s Mix Kitchen only requires slight configuration adaptions (using supplied templates) to enable the Nova73 console core on the broadcaster’s premises to be remote controlled.
In addition, Lawo’s Mix Kitchen solution enables in-place access to any Mac- or Windows-based computer in the broadcaster’s data centre and can be complemented with an integrated vsmPanel providing full remote control over hundreds of third-party broadcast studio devices. Mix Kitchen includes LiveView video monitoring capabilities in combination with Lawo’s IP video solutions.
No additional Lawo hardware is required: readily available, off-the-shelf tools, a laptop and Lawo’s mxGUI software (included with all mc²-series mixers) allow the engineer in charge to take control of the Lawo hardware at the broadcast center or hub—with the same pristine audio quality and reliability. Mix Kitchen only transports monitoring and control data, keeping mission-critical TX audio within the facility’s infrastructure and avoiding bandwidth-guzzling multi-channel audio transport.