The latest addition to Lawo’s range of radio consoles, the sapphire, was introduced to the world at the recent IBC trade show, writes David Davies. Described as offering a fresh and intuitive control surface, high performance and maximum flexibility, the sapphire suits a variety of on-air and production studio requirements.
Featuring a design based on the successful crystal console, the sapphire’s up to 40 faders can be placed arbitrarily on individual studio islands or integrated into the desk. Using layers, up to 80 mono sources can be connected simultaneously, while mono, stereo and 5.1 sources can all be accommodated.
‘Extensions’ with high-quality OLED displays, rotary controls and buttons can be chosen to allow quicker access to additional channel parameters, while an optional Overbridge can be added to enable the display of channels directly via the channel strips.
The DALLIS DSP infrastructure is said to give the user considerable flexibility with regards to the console’s functionality. Other tools include an integrated router, signal processing with dynamics units, EQ, silence detects and an integrated talkback function, while the sapphire will feature a RAVENNA Audio-over-IP interface in the near-future.
Summing up the response to the sapphire during IBC, Lawo’s Wolfgang Huber tells PSN-e that the console “found much applause in the radio/broadcast industry and we received an overwhelming feedback by the professional during the IBC and afterwards, [as well as] during our International Partner Training and User Meeting.”
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