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NAB 2017: Lawo launches mc²96 Grand Audio Production Console

Sarah Sharples 27 April 2017
NAB 2017: Lawo launches mc²96 Grand Audio Production Console

Visitors to NAB 2017 witnessed the launch of Lawo’s fully IP-based mc²96 Grand Production Console. The new Lawo flagship audio mixing console has been specifically designed to provide optimal performance in IP video production environments through native support for all relevant standards – SMPTE 2110, AES67, RAVENNA and DANTE.

The Lawo mc²96 console, available in frame sizes with 24 to 200 faders, is designed as Lawo’s most visual broadcast console ever. The mc2 96 features 21.5“ full HD touch-screens as well as multiple mini color-TFTs in channel strips and touch-sensitive color-coded encoders, providing fast overview and user-friendly operation.

The company says in a world’s first Lawo’s new production console features LiveView video thumbnails. In addition to standard channel labeling via channel numbers, individual text labels and static pictures or icons, the mc²96 can display real-time video thumbnails right at the fader’s mini TFTs for 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.

Designed for networking in complex IP production infrastructures, the mc²96 employs Lawo’s unique IP-Share Network Gain Compensation when using shared DALLIS I/Os to prevent unexpected changes on up to eight networked consoles when individual users adjust their gain settings. The DALLIS I/O communicates with all networked consoles, and its IP-Share algorithm sets the optimum analogue gain for multi-client requirements. IP-Share also ensures that the corresponding gain compensation is applied to the digital gain stages of all consoles when the analogue gain of the preamp is being adjusted.

Reflecting today’s requirements for 3D/immersive audio productions, the mc²96 provides tools for surround sound mixing, but also a dedicated elevation controller as standard. Furthermore, the mc²96 offers Lawo-grade integrated Loudness Metering with full loudness control in accordance with ITU 1770 (EBU/R128 or ATSC/A85). ln addition to program buses, Lawo Loudness Metering can also measure individual channels, which allows fast and convenient “visual” mixing of multiple-microphone setups.

It can also be operated in Multi-User Mode, with 96 rotary encoders in each 16-fader bay giving direct access to all parameters, effectively creating an additional central control panel. Color-coding of the encoders, coupled with the high-res color TFT displays, guarantees a perfect overview and users can now create, save and recall multiple personalised free control layouts directly in their own bay.

Addressing live broadcast and performing arts applications, the mc²96 offers many innovative mix-assist systems enabling the sound engineer to concentrate on the overall balance and sound quality of the production. In addition to Lawo’s renowned Audio-follow-Video functionality, the desk’s automated mixing capabilities include an Automix function that automatically adjusts the Ievels of active and inactive microphones, while maintaining a constant, natural-sounding ambient Ievel.

For ultimate flexibility in I/O requirements the console offers plug and play interfacing to all Lawo DALLIS modular stageboxes including AoIP options and the Lawo A__line interfaces and NOVA central routers. In addition, as the mc²96 surface includes local I/Os that feature comprehensive connectivity with 16 Lawo-grade Mic/Line inputs, 16 Line outputs, 8 AES3 inputs and outputs, 8 GPIOs plus a local MADI port (SFP). A built-in switch provides 4 Ethernet ports with network connectivity via two redundant SMPTE2110 / AES67 / RAVENNA ports with seamless protection switching.

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