Products 2010/11For broadcast, production,radio and live applications
Contents – Products 2010/11.                                  Welcome to the world of Lawo.                               ...
About Lawo — Profile.Lawo specialises in developing, designing and manufacturing mixing consoles and matrixsystems for rad...
About Lawo — Landmarks.Throughout its history, Lawo has always kept learning and looking ahead, making it apioneer partner...
mc² 90 — No compromises.A new reference for high-end mixing consoles: the mc² 90. Size and power, flexibilityand dependabi...
mc² 90 — No compromises.                                Optimum control with maximum flexibility.                         ...
mc² 90 — No compromises.                                                                                                  ...
mc²90 – No compromises.Today’s news in tomorrow’s studio:New ZDF news studio with two Lawo mc²90.                         ...
mc² 66 — Inspired by your needs.More Power. More Speed. More Flexibility. Get the job done. When challenging situationshav...
mc² 66 — Inspired by your needs.                                                                    More Power.           ...
mc² 66 — Inspired by your needs.                                     mc² 66 — Inspired by your needs.                     ...
Pictures by Courtesy of Clifford Isaac Nathanmc² 66 — Inspired by your needs.Lawo mc²66 for Singapore‘s first HDTV Outside...
mc² 56 — Performance, pure and simple.The highest quality can now be so compact. The largest is not always the best, and l...
mc² 56 — Performance, pure and simple.Where performance, rather than size, is important.The mc² 56 is consistently designe...
mc² 56 — Performance, pure and simple.                                                                      mc² 56 — Perfo...
mc256 – Performance, pure and simple.For the football highlight of 2010:SABC chooses Lawo for four new OB vans.           ...
Plug-in Integration for Mixing Consoles.                                                        Plug-in Integration for Mi...
Lawo Dolby ® E Plug-in.                                                                                                   ...
sapphire — A step ahead.                                                                                                  ...
sapphire — A step ahead.The best solution for radio hosts:Maximum results with minimum expense.Whether you are a radio hos...
sapphire — A step ahead.                                                                      sapphire — A step ahead.Modu...
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  1. 1. Products 2010/11For broadcast, production,radio and live applications
  2. 2. Contents – Products 2010/11. Welcome to the world of Lawo. Table of contents: Dear Customers, About Lawo 02 40 years of Lawo! 40 years in which a small engineering office At this huge event Lawo systems played a leading role. For example, has developed into a leading supplier of audio technology. the international feed was distributed via Lawo routing systems mc²90 06 40 years in which Rastatt, Germany, has acquired an excellent and, at all 10 venues and the IBC in Johannesburg, the international reputation within the broadcast world. This success fills us sound was produced using our mixing consoles. Every opening mc²66 14 with a certain pride — above all because, since 1970, we have whistle at kick-off, every goal cheer and every outcry from the mc²56 22 been true to the values of Lawo. A willing desire to innovate is stadium ran via technology from Rastatt. In this way, the what distinguishes Lawo — today and tomorrow. world’s festival of football was also a festival of technology for Plug-in Integration 30 the Lawo team. In 2010, we continue to offer real innovation, and at this Lawo Dolby® E Plug-in 32 year’s IBC in Amsterdam we will present a new mixing console Despite all the successes and mega events — one thing is Lawo Plug-in Collection 33 and another audio matrix system. But what can we show you more important to me personally: we are a medium-sized now: the new facilities which we moved to in spring 2010. company. And, as a medium-sized company, every task which sapphire 34 With these new facilities, which adjoin the existing premises, supports our customers counts. Since 1970, the desire to find we have expanded the ground floor to double its size, achieving the optimal solution for every project has characterised our zirkon 42 the perfect workflow for an even more efficient manufacturing company culture — an attitude that will continue to shape us crystal 52 process. “Made in Rastatt” remains our hallmark — represen- in the future. ting vertical integration, competent staff and excellent quality. z4 60 I look forward to continuing to work well and collaborate with you. As in previous years, the big sporting events of 2010 were an Routing 64 exciting challenge. Besides the Winter Games in Vancouver Nova73 HD 66 and Formula One worldwide, the football tournament in South Yours, Africa was a main focus of interest. Philipp Lawo Nova29 74 Nova17 78 MADI.SRC 82 SPLIT.CONVERTER 83 Networking 84 OB Vans 88 References 92
  3. 3. About Lawo — Profile.Lawo specialises in developing, designing and manufacturing mixing consoles and matrixsystems for radio and TV broadcasters, as well as for use in live events. Standards of highquality and innovative technology are supported by forty years of experience in the field ofprofessional audio technology.Lawo’s product range covers digital audio mixing consoles foruse in radio, broadcast, production and live applications. Inaddition to the provision of matrix systems and audio networks,Lawo also carries out project engineering tasks and acts as amain contractor for radio OB vans; these services include usertraining and maintenance. The company’s high level of expertiseprovides a comprehensive support service for all its customers.For best results, we listen carefully.At Lawo, we are a company that listens carefully to our clients,so we can better achieve their needs. We find solutions by usingour technical know-how and experience to build systems thatare adapted perfectly to the required application. Our constantlyincreasing product range can be combined to create anycustomised system — be it a mixing console, a routing matrix, anOB truck or a complete broadcast facility.Innovation is our passion.Right from the start, Lawo has been an innovative companywith a strong R&D department — a department that keepsimproving the products as well as designing new componentsfor an ever-increasing product range. Our finger is always on thepulse of the industry, so we can use this knowledge to continuethe development of our innovative products and solutions.Quality is the basis of our success. Made in Rastatt / Germany.Lawo relies on the highest quality in all areas. Our perception Lawo sees itself as a modern company that is obliged to confirmof quality is not just confined to the manufacture of outstand- the quality requirements associated with the concept “Made ining products. It also includes reliable project management, Germany”. This is why innovations that offer genuine addedoptimum customer orientation, efficient cost management and value, and meticulous standards of manufacturing, are particu-a responsible attitude to society and to the environment. larly important to us. It is only in this way that we can fulfil our self-imposed objective: we want to be the reliable and trustedVertical integration guaranteed. partner that provides customers with universal solutions toA key aspect of the Lawo organisation is the particularly high their challenges.level of vertical integration. By this, we are able to apply ourexperience at each production stage and ensure the implement-ation of our extremely high standards. Thanks to this funda-mental production philosophy, we can ensure the professionalmaintenance of all Lawo products, even after many years ofoperation. 02 03
  4. 4. About Lawo — Landmarks.Throughout its history, Lawo has always kept learning and looking ahead, making it apioneer partner in the development of digital radio and TV. Constantly communicatingwith our clients, we continue to optimise the ergonomics, functionality and design ofour products.The beginnings. Completing the product range — Networking Audio Systems.Before founding an electronic equipment company in 1970, Continuing the philosophy of listening to our customers, newPeter Lawo was an R&D manager for radio and navigation digital mixing consoles and matrices have been created thatsystems. With the development of special devices for elec- merge our accumulated experience and the knowledge of ourtronic sound processing (Ring-modulator, Vocoder, Halaphon), customers’ requirements with our know-how and innovativeLawo entered the field of audio engineering. In the 1970s, spirit. Lawo has developed a product range that covers anyanalogue modules and completely modular mixing consoles application in a radio station or production studio. With ourwere developed and built for broadcasters in the German- competence in establishing audio networks, we can offerspeaking countries. our clients innovative solutions for the future, today. We will continue to listen to our customers, and carry on developingHybrid technology. products and solutions accordingly.At the beginning of the 1980s, the young company was workingon digital electronics. Supported by a group of sound engineersfrom the local broadcaster, a programmable audio mixingconsole (PTR), with analogue signal processing and digital con-trol, was designed. The console met the strict technical require-ments of the German Institute for Broadcast Technology and,because of its integral software control, it was possible to adaptthe console to a customer’s individual specifications.Digital mixing consoles.Based on its experience with a hybrid audio mixing console,Lawo developed the fully digital and modular mc series inthe early 1990s. This series included the mc 50 for ambitiouson-air and small studio productions, and the mc 80 / 82 forbroadcasting applications including music and drama recor-ding, post production and outside broadcasts.mc² technology.In 1998, Lawo achieved a technological breakthrough viasystematic development. The new mc² series made it possibleto interlink and route, using linear audio signals, practicallyall audio components in a system.It runs in the family.In 1999, Philipp Lawo, Peter Lawo’s son, became CEO of theLawo AG. Peter Lawo joined the supervisory board. 04 05
  5. 5. mc² 90 — No compromises.A new reference for high-end mixing consoles: the mc² 90. Size and power, flexibilityand dependability, an intuitive control surface and ergonomic design — the mc² 90 setsnew standards in all these areas. And it offers you today the technology you might beexpecting tomorrow from a top class mixing console. With the mc² 90 we have developedan innovative audio tool that meets the highest demands and individual requirements inany type of production — and all this with 24-hour, 365 days-a-year reliability. 06 07
  6. 6. mc² 90 — No compromises. Optimum control with maximum flexibility. Iso bay access. Whether it is live broadcast, recording, post-production or The mc² 90 excels with its innovative operating philosophy live sound reinforcement, with the mc² 90 everything is under that meets the highest demands of functionality and user- control — all of the time. The mc² 90 offers a modular central friendliness. A core item in this philosophy is a completely new control section that enables you to position the most import- decentralised operational control function, providing maximum ant modules exactly where you want them, so they can be ac- control in any situation, by allowing you to transfer control of cessed more easily. In addition, external control devices can be central functions to anywhere on the console. With this ground- incorporated smoothly into the mc² 90’s control surface — from breaking feature, the mc² 90 facilitates optimal multi-user panels up to 5U in the clever 19’’ rack integration, to Danner operation, and separate monitoring options can also be provided, modules that can be fitted in the meterbridge as well as on the thanks to the inclusion of additional AFL and PFL buses. control surface. Furthermore, in spite of the comprehensive range of functions provided, enhanced user feedback and a clearly laid out control surface constantly guarantee the best possible overview of the current console status.mc²90 in the ZDF news studio, Mainz, Germany. 08 09
  7. 7. mc² 90 — No compromises. mc² 90 — No compromises. Technical Details Control Panel Interfaces Frames from 16 + 8 faders to 96 + 8 faders; with doubled Mic / Line, Line Out, AES, SDI, MADI, ATM, GPIO, Serial, fader bay up to 192 + 8 faders MIDI, Audio-over-IP option (available soon); 6 banks per 2 layers, 2 layers with direct access; for details see DALLIS product information Bay-Iso function for isolated bank/layer switching Monitoring systems in stereo and surround 100 mm faders + 10 rotary controls; channel display for every fader with sense-triggered change of module display Synchronisation in the Channel Display Two redundant inputs with automatic detection of Up to 5U 19” integration Blackburst, Wordclock, AES3, MADI Danner module integration Redundancy Signal Processing PSUs, DSP card, router card 512 channels and 144 summing buses, 40-bit floating point Fully redundant signal path Up to 376 inputs with A / B input, up to 48 sub groups, 32 aux Redundant control system, exchangeable during run time; sends, up to 96 track busses, up to 48 main sums, change on full data redundancy the fly from mono to stereo to surround channel and bus PSU for control system and control panel Up to 64 surround channels, 256 GPC channels Surround formats: DTS / Dolby ® Digital 5.1, Dolby ® Pro-logic Control 4.0, DTS ES / Dolby ® EX 6.1, SDDS 7.1, DTS-HD 7.1; various Bay-Iso with separate layer and bank switching, panning characteristics, surround aux bus plus second PFL/ AFL bus 2* AFL: 1* surround 8-channel, 1* stereo Global A /B input switching 2* stereo PFL Mix-minus control with two conference systems Audio-follow-Video with 128 events, control either via Various tally and fader start modes Remote MNOPL protocol or via GPIO; adjustable envelope Programme switch up to 10 s fade time Machine control Solo In Place Audio-follow-VideoBe on the safe side. Innovative design for greatest operational convenience. Permanent input metering on the fader; selectable metering Manifold T/B integrationWith the mc² 90, we have reached a new level of redundancy You will be drawn to the mc² 90 by its pleasing shape and of INPUT, PF, AF, DIROUT, on the Channel Display Remote control of camera microphonestructure: the Lawo-developed “Dual Star Technology” has now refined construction, which makes this console the visual focus Modules: INMIX with MS-Decoder, Digital Amp, 2-bandfound its way into mixing console design. As a result, not only in any studio. The modern design is supplemented by logical fully parametric Filter, 4-band fully parametric EQ, 2-band External Control Systemsare all front panels connected to the control processor using detailing that, thanks to optimal ergonomics and intuitive user fully parametric Sidechain Filter, Insert, Delay up to Remote control via networkstar topology but, in addition, the mc² 90 has a second redun- feedback, will make your day-to-day production work signifi- 1800 ms (units in metres, milliseconds, frames), Expander, Online configuration via AdminHD; graphic configurationdant control processor that is also connected in star-mode to cantly easier. Gate, Compressor, Limiter, Image, Meter, Direct Out of HD Core componentsevery panel. In incorporating this dual star technology within Inline configuration with send / return switching — channel External matrix control for BFE, VSM, Jupiterthe control surface, Lawo has established a further milestone For example: in order to keep an overview of up to 200 faders, or globalin reliability and redundancy, and new standards have been set the mc² 90 offers the colour coding of fader strips, similar to 128 VCA masters with metering of up to 8 slaves Remote Maintenancefor the design of mixing consoles and HD cores. that commonly used in analogue days. However, with the mc² 90 Fully-equipped surround channel with linking of all channel Connection via Internet Remote Software you don’t need to manually change the fader caps, because the parameters and Hyper Panning Remote software updates, error diagnostics fader strips can be identified using modern LED technology mxGUI: remote control of console via laptop according to channel type or your individual requirements. This Routing Matrix allows you to easily keep track of any fader at any stage in the Up to 8192 crosspoints, non-blocking production. 96 kHz, 24 bit Fully redundant signal path Downsizing up to 7.1 to Stereo The mc² 90 key benefits at a glance: Full networking of up to 16 HD Cores, share and import of sources and destinations, studio arbitration function Freely configurable control surface (up to 200 faders) Full snapshot and production portability independent with optimum adaptability to individual workflows of matrix or DSP size Intuitive operation and perfect ergonomics (two-operator layouts available) Plug-in Server Highest security with a redundant control processor Full VST plug-in integration with storage of plug-in Complete integration of VST plug-ins parameters in snapshots and production data 10 11
  8. 8. mc²90 – No compromises.Today’s news in tomorrow’s studio:New ZDF news studio with two Lawo mc²90. A virtual Green Box with nothing more than a presenter’s isle with an elegantly curved wooden desk. This is what Germany’s most modern TV studio looks like — the studio where, since July 2009, the news programmes of German public broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) are produced. The special thing about this futuristic studio: all image data is supplied through computers resulting in considerable latencies of up to 160 ms. This would result in audio and video being out-of-sync. However, for this audio-technical challenge, there was an optimal solution: two mc²90 consoles from Lawo. The mc²90 systems — capable of providing up to 1800 ms delay — can be set to fix delays. Thanks to these features, video“The reliable delay performance of the Lawo consoles was latencies of 80 ms for studio monitoring, and 160 ms at theone of the reasons which tipped the balance in favour of show production, don’t pose a problem for the mc² consoles —Lawo” concludes Wolfgang Wacker, Planning Engineer at and, using in-ear monitoring, presenters always hear the rightZDF for the new studio. sound at the right time. In addition to the delays, the absolute redundancy and Video- follow-Audio functions of both mc² 90 represent crucial factors for ZDF. Since the cameras, for the first time, are controlled through the audio consoles via GPI, it is now possible to produce the night-time news without monitoring personnel. The benefits of these features: more efficiency during every-day operation! mc²90 in the ZDF news studio, Mainz, Germany. 12 13
  9. 9. mc² 66 — Inspired by your needs.More Power. More Speed. More Flexibility. Get the job done. When challenging situationshave to be tackled, and your work is the centre of attention, Lawo’s mc² 66 provides theideal solution — because it is, above all, a tool completely tailored to the needs of theuser. The mc² 66 not only impresses with the highest standards of performance wherespeed, flexibility, and security are concerned, but also with its groundbreaking user-assistance, which makes the mc² 66 a reference point around the world. 14 15
  10. 10. mc² 66 — Inspired by your needs. More Power. More Flexibility. 512 DSP channels, 144 summing buses and 8192 x 8192 With the mc² 66 you are always in command of all of your crosspoints broadcast a clear message on their own, yet the console’s resources. You can change the channel section para- impressive powerhouse that is the mc² 66 goes even further meters during runtime without losing production data; you can than these basic specifications. In particular, highest-quality adapt the DSP power at any time, so it is optimised for the signal processing gives the mc² 66 the power and precision that current production; it is even possible to achieve fast switching you‘d expect from a professional tool, and there are many other of the main bus outputs between mono, stereo or surround, as outstanding features. For example, on every channel, all the well as the on-air integration of a mic card in your stage box — audio sections deliver the highest standards, from the superb whenever you need to. limiter to noiseless delay changes — every one available, all of the time. More Speed. The mc² 66 guarantees to always be that little bit faster. Our recently developed operating philosophy: “Assign at Destination”, allows you to set the controls the way you want them — with speed and confidence — even at critical moments. This ability is a hallmark of the mc² 66: total control, all the time, in any situation.mc²66 in the Studio 4 control room of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne, Germany. 16 17
  11. 11. mc² 66 — Inspired by your needs. mc² 66 — Inspired by your needs. Technical Details Control Panel Interfaces Frames from 16 + 8 faders to 96 + 8 faders Mic / Line, Line Out, AES, SDI, HD-SDI,MADI, ATM, GPIO, Separate frames with 8, 16 and 24 faders Serial, MIDI, ADAT ®* Audio-over-IP option 6 banks per 2 layers (available soon); for details see DALLIS product information 100 mm faders + 4 rotary controls with free assignment + All interfaces at 24-bit, 96 kHz Input Gain controller Monitoring systems for stereo and surroundMore Usability. Channel Display on every fader, with touch-sensitive selectionThe mc²66 is equipped with a new mxGUI, which will impress TFT metering in mono, stereo or up to 7.1, including Synchronisationyou with its many innovative features. You can now fully pre- bus-assignment, dynamics gain reduction, AfV status, 2 redundant inputs with automatic detection of Blackburst,pare your mc²66 console offline for the task ahead — from VCA assignment, surround master assignment Wordclock, AES3, MADIconsole layout to matrix control in X / Y view, partial snapshots External display of GUI pages, eg. meteringand pre-amplifier settings through to the creation of complete 9 user buttons Redundancysnapshot and production data. Further benefits: up to 16 mxGUI Optional: up to three different user panels, talkback, PSUs, DSP board, router boardclients can simultaneously sign on to the control system, so that script tray, PPM-integration, 2RU 19” integration Fully redundant signal pathsecondary users and service technicians can perfectly support 19 inch overbridge mount for up to 3 RU e. g. for intercom panels Redundant control system, exchangeable during run time;the audio engineer, during live broadcasts, if necessary. full data redundancy Signal Processing PSU for control system and control surfaceMore Security. 512 channels and 144 summing buses, 40-bit floating pointIn the professional broadcast and live sound domains, maximum Up to 376 inputs with A/B input, up to 48 subgroups, Controlsystem availability and resilience are paramount. To this end, the 32 aux sends, up to 96 track buses, up to 48 main sums Bay-Iso with separate layer and bank switching, plus secondmc² 66 offers the highest possible redundancy and reliability Quick change of channel and bus to mono / stereo / surround PFL / AFL busfrom mic input, through the entire system to the programme out- Up to 64 surround channels, 128 VCA groups with metering, Global A/B input switchingput. Another milestone in terms of redundancy is the integra- 256 GP channels Enhanced mix-minus control with independent off-air conferencetion of the new MKII router with its internal computer system. Surround formats: DTS / Dolby ® Digital 5.1, Dolby ® Pro- Direct out mute by faderThus, the console’s control system can be designed redun- logic 4.0, DTS ES / Dolby ® EX 6.1, SDDS 7.1, DTS-HD 7.1, Diverse tally and fader start modesdantly. Because of this superb availability, the mc² 66 has diverse panning characteristics, surround aux bus Program switchestablished itself as the de-facto reference console in Europe. 2 AFL: 1 surround 8-channel, 1 stereo Machine control 2 stereo PFL Audio-follow-Video up to 128 camera tallies, EthernetMore Precision. Audio-follow-Video with 128 events, controlled either via Re- or GPI controlledComplex productions require absolute concentration and mote MNOPL, GPI or matrix connection, envelope adjustable Camera mic remote via GPI or voltage controlprecision. For this reason the mc² 66 is designed to provide up to 10s fade time Customization by users: easy integration of fader starts,support in critical situations, and so reliably releases you from Solo-In-Place user button programming, matrix connects permanent ormany tasks. Thanks to innovative functionality — such as Permanent meter point on the fader, selectable to INPUT, as parallel connect etc.Audio-follow-Video, external control of camera mic preamp PF, AF, DIROUT on the Channel Displaylevels, convenient console partitioning, and the ability to Modules: INMIX with MS-Decoder, Digital Amp, 2-band fully External Control Systemssimultaneously create multichannel and stereo mixes — you parametric filter, 4-band fully parametric EQ, 2-band fully Remote control of all routing parameters via networkcan make the mc² 66 a dependable partner. parametric side chain filter, insert, delay up to 1800 ms Online configuration with AdminHD, graphic configuration of (units in metres, milliseconds, frames); 4 independent HD Core componentsMore Know-how. dynamics (Expander, Gate, Compressor, Limiter), Image, External matrix controllers: VSM, Jupiter, BFE and othersHigh quality production methods and the use of innovative Meter, Direct Outmaterials (as used in the aerospace industry) combine to In-line configuration with send / return switching — on the Remote Maintenanceguarantee the greatest stability and lowest weight. The proof: channel or global Connection via Internet Remote Softwarea mc² 66 with 56 faders weighs just 125 kg and is only 2.35 Fully equipped surround channel with linking of all channel Remote software updates, error diagnosticsmetres wide. Consequently, the mc² 66 is your first choice parameters and Hyper Panning mxGUI: remote control of console via laptopwhere weight, size and power consumption are an issue: in the * ADAT® is a registered trademark of Alesis, LLC and is used here under license.OB van, the studio, the theatre and conference centre. Routing Matrix Up to 8192 crosspoints, non-blocking The mc2 66 key benefits at a glance: 96 kHz, 24-bit Fully redundant signal path Excellent flexibility — changes can be made during Downsizing from up to 7.1 to stereo runtime without losing production data Full networking of up to 16 HD Cores, share and import Superb networking — handles the largest of from sources and destinations, studio intervention broadcasting complexes, with several mixing consoles Full snapshot and production data portability independent and routing matrices, thus saving time and costs of matrix and DSP size Comprehensive features — e. g. Audio-follow-Video, camera microphone control, flexible dynamic Plug-in Server automation, sequence snapshot automation Full VST plug-in integration with storage of plug-in Complete integration of VST plug-ins parameters in snapshots and production data 18 19
  12. 12. Pictures by Courtesy of Clifford Isaac Nathanmc² 66 — Inspired by your needs.Lawo mc²66 for Singapore‘s first HDTV Outside Broadcast Van:MediaCorp trusts in Lawo technology. MediaCorp has already some experience with Lawo technology: “Lawo’s reputation for providing excellent pre- and post-sales support, and for proven technology, were important factors in the awarding of this contract,” says Boon Siong Tan confir- ming the reasons why MediaCorp trusts in Lawo. In South-East Asia viewers can now enjoy HDTV and surround sound due to the new OB van from MediaCorp, Singapore’s leading media company. The OB excels with innovative technol- ogy — and on board the rolling audio control room: a mc²66 console from Lawo. As yet, there are no other HD studios with full surround moni- toring control facilities, so the new vehicle will play a vital role in the corporation’s HDTV surround production capability. As well as handling outside broadcast projects, the OB van can be linked to any of the MediaCorp studios for in-house surround sound productions, a highly cost-efficient solution. This is made possible by the audio and video equipment inside the vehicle, notable the Lawo mc²66 and the 4 x DALLIS I/O systems. Inside the HDTV OB van’s audio section is a 48-fader mc²66 with a routing capacity of 8000 x 8000 crosspoints from the HD Core and Nova73 HD router. Full redundancy is included in the router and fibre connections to the four DALLIS frames, and, of the 240 full DSP channels, 48 are planned for redundancy. Delivery of the new HD OBV was scheduled for March 2010, but producers of MediaCorp’s popular talent contest “Singapore Idol” were keen to use surround sound for the all-important finale in late December 2009. So MediaCorp hired a Lawo mc²66 digital audio console for the show, ideal training for MediaCorp engineers prior to the delivery of the OB van. “This was MediaCorp’s first HD production with full surround sound,” explains technical sales specialist Boon Siong Tan, Lawo’s representative in Singapore, “and therefore the first chance to utilize the mc²66 to its full potential. They were de- lighted with the results, particularly the performance of the console which they found to have many unique features ideally suited to this kind of production, and an impressively powerful tool compared to other mixers.” MediaCorp HDTV OB van with mc²66, Singapore. 20 21
  13. 13. mc² 56 — Performance, pure and simple.The highest quality can now be so compact. The largest is not always the best, and less canoften mean more. This is why there is a new mixing console from Lawo that offers superbperformance in daily operation, with well thought-out design and intuitive user guidance;a console that features reduced control density and, in particular, a compact frame con-struction. Yet, with plenty of concentration on the “down to basics”, the new mc² 56 consoleconforms fully to the proven mc² series in terms of quality and performance. The mc² 56 isbased on current Lawo HD core technology, and guarantees maximum reliability, function-ality and DSP power. You can count on the fact that all products with a name featuring thewell-known “mc²” naturally incorporate that legendary mc² quality that only Lawo can offer. 22 23
  14. 14. mc² 56 — Performance, pure and simple.Where performance, rather than size, is important.The mc² 56 is consistently designed for the very best perform-ance. For this reason, you have the same processing power inthis console that already distinguishes the mc² 66 and mc² 90.What makes the mc² 56 different to its siblings is its compactconstruction. In a width of only 1.2 metres, we provide 32 faders(when installed in the width of an OB van, 64 faders arepossible). The secret of these space-saving dimensions is thateach fader bay contains 16 faders, and there are virtually nogaps between bays. The mc² 56 will certainly impress you withits superior suitability, even at the installation stage.Where functionality, rather than luxury, is required.A mixing console must particularly impress during dailyoperation. This is why, with the mc² 56, you benefit from manyproven features of the mc² range — starting with the designprinciple of “form follows function”, through dynamic auto-mation, and on to speedy access to the most important controlparameters (“assign at destination”). An intrinsic feature ofthe mc² 56, however, is the specially designed control layout.Here, the most important functions are within easy reach, whilelesser-used features are accessed exclusively via the touchscreen. The result is an ease of operation that really can bedescribed as user-friendly, and a suitability in use that is bestsummed up as: Performance, pure and simple!Don’t think solo, look at the networked solution.Complete compatibility and uncomplicated data transfer – thisis what characterises mc² consoles. The networkability of Lawomixing consoles does not just provide for the flexible expansionof existing mc² installations, but in day-to-day operation, the100 % compatibility of user data, and its inherent benefits, willalso be appreciated. A typical example: a production starts instereo, using an mc² 66 in the OB van, and is subsequentlycontinued in a portable control room before the automatedmix, supported with snapshots, can be completed in an mc² 90studio in 5.1 — and all this completely independent of thephysical number of faders, the size of routing matrix, and theDSP capacity. Thanks to the transferability of all user data,extended configuration times can be avoided, thus leading toeven further efficiency in day-to-day production. 24 25
  15. 15. mc² 56 — Performance, pure and simple. mc² 56 — Performance, pure and simple. Technical Details Individual configurations: Control Panel Plug-in Server Making the console your own. Frames from 16 + 16 faders to 64 + 16 faders Full VST plug-in integration with storing of plug-in Individuality as a standard feature — this defines intelligent Remote Frames 16 and 32 Faders parameters in snapshots and productions technology today, and is certainly the case with the mc² 56. 6 banks per 2 layers each Using an online connection, you have direct access to the hard- 100 mm faders + 2 rotary controls free assignable + Input Interfaces ware, and can configure the function of each user button on the Gain Controller, channel display for every fader with sense- Mic / Line, Line Out, AES, SDI, MADI, ATM, GPIO, Serial, mc² 56 console to suit your own requirements. In this way, you triggered change of module display in the Channel Display MIDI, Audio-over-IP option (available soon); can freely, and specifically, decide which console functions you TFT metering mono, stereo or 7.1 including bus assignment, for details see DALLIS product information want to have immediate access to. Whether it be GPI controls gain reduction for dynamics, AfV status, VCA assignment Monitoring systems stereo and surround in an OB truck, sequence automation on a theatre console, or External display of GUI Pages e.g. metering machine control in post-production, the mc² 56 provides the Synchronisation most appropriate solutions customised to your needs. Signal Processing 2 redundant inputs with automatic detection of Blackburst, 512 channels and 144 summing buses, 40 bit floating point Wordclock, AES3, MADI Modularity: Up to 376 inputs with A /B input, up to 48 sub groups, 32 aux Because there are different solutions for different needs. sends, up to 96 track busses, up to 48 main sums, change on Redundancies What is an essential characteristic of the mc² series? Outstand- the fly from mono to stereo to surround channel and bus PSUs, DSP boards, router board ing adaptability to individual requirements, and the series’ Up to 64 surround channels, 128 VCA groups with metering, Fully redundant signal path modularity, which is, of course, also available in the mc² 56. 256 GPC channels PSU for control system and control panel For example, not only can you select from five different frame Surround formats: DTS/Dolby ® Digital 5.1, Dolby ® Pro-logic 4.0, sizes, housing up to 80 faders, there are many options in terms DTS ES / Dolby ® EX 6.1, SDDS 7.1, DTS-HD 7.1, diverse Control of expansion and types of interconnection. With the mc² 56, panning characteristics, surround aux bus Bay-Iso with separate layer and bank switching as well as you will always be geared up for the future. 2* AFL: 1* surround 8-channel, 1* stereo 2nd PFL / AFL bus 2* PFL stereo Global A/B input switching Snapshots with trimmed parameters: Audio-follow-Video with 128 events, control either via Remote Enhanced mix-minus (N – M) control with independent Because efficiency comes from intelligence. MNOPL, GPI or Matrix Connect, adjustable envelope up off-air conference A comprehensive snapshot system make it possible to save and to 10 s fade time Diverse tally- and faderstart modes recall control surface assignments, DSP settings, routing matrix Solo In Place Programme switch connects and I / O parameters. And that’s not all: snapshots Permanent input measuring point in the fader, adjustable Machine control can now be loaded with trimmed parameters; the settings of measuring points INPUT, PF, AF, DIROUT in the Channel Display Manifold T/ B integration individual channel audio sections can be given an offset or Modules: INMIX with MS-Decoder, Digital Amp, 2-band fully Camera microphone remote via GPI or voltage control written absolutely into a sequence. The trimmed settings can parametric Filter, 4-band fully parametric EQ, 2-band fully also be stored in so-called Oversnaps. This makes it possible parametric Sidechain Filter, Insert, Delay up to 1800 ms External Control Systems to save and recall different Oversnaps as and when you need (units in metres, milliseconds, frames), independent Remote control via network of all routing parameters them — a feature that will make your work much simpler, par- 4 Dynamics: Expander, Gate, Compressor, Limiter, Image, Online configuration with AdminHD, graphical configuration ticularly in the case of productions that feature a number of Meter, Direct Out of HD Core components different soloists. Inline configuration with send/return switching — at the External matrix controller: VSM, Jupiter, ProBel and others channel or global Fully equipped surround channel with coupling of all Remote Maintenance channel parameters and Hyper Panning Connection via Internet Remote Software Software updates, error diagnostics, remote Routing Matrix Up to 8192 crosspoints, non-blocking 96 kHz, 24 bit The mc²56 key benefits at a glance: Fully redundant signal path Proven and high-performance HD core technology Downsizing up to 7.1 to Stereo from the mc² series Full networking of up to 16 HD Cores, share and import Reduced control density with excellent usability of sources and destinations, studio arbitration Intelligent mix of hardware controls and touch screen operation Compact size that facilitates flexible installations 26 27
  16. 16. mc256 – Performance, pure and simple.For the football highlight of 2010:SABC chooses Lawo for four new OB vans. New streets, new stadiums — and new OB vans: like the rest of the country, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has been preparing itself for the sports highlight of 2010. That is why one year ago SABC ordered four OB vans, all equipped with mc²56 from Lawo. The four identical mc²56 consoles provide a fully program- mable control surface fitted with 64 faders. There is full processing for every channel and the HD Core offers 128 AES inputs and 128 AES outputs. A Lawo DALLIS frame provides all the other AES and analogue I/Os; the routing capacity of the HD Core is 8192 crosspoints. Besides an impressive technical specification, the mc² consoles excel in their usability. International football requires different mix outputs which can only be achieved by two sound engineers operating at the mixer together — a challenge which is easily mastered by the mc²56. Furthermore, there is a demand for the audio perspective to match the selected video, be it from one side of the pitch, overhead pictures from a helicopter or from a “blimp”. Here, the Audio-follow-Video feature comes to the fore, allowing different sub-mixes to be assigned to up to 128 events. The mc²56, with its diverse panning characteristics and multiple output formats, turns what might otherwise be a daunting task into a relatively simple process. With built-in redundancy for PSUs, DSP boards and router board, the mc²56 is as fail-safeMervin Buthelezi, the Technical Manager of the OB Units for as a live OB mixing console can possibly be. With regards to audioSABC, explains: “After evaluation, research and testing by technology, a successful tournament is sure to be plain sailing.our own sound engineers, we all felt that the Lawo mc²56had the power, flexibility, reliability and redundancy we werelooking for.” SABC OB van with mc²56, South Africa. 28 29
  17. 17. Plug-in Integration for Mixing Consoles. Plug-in Integration for Mixing Consoles. For Live Shows and Studio Productions: Now you can access the widest variety of audio FX with your mixing console. Mixing consoles: Digital workstations: Real-time production Wide variety of FX Perfect tool for live broadcasts Unlimited equalization possibilities Superb redundancy Mixing console Workstation Compatibility with third-party Live configuration possible sound cards Familiar and user-friendly Maximum efficiency: Plug-in settings can be saved in snapshot and production data. With the Lawo Plug-in Server, you don’t just benefit from a complete range of various FX, but this exciting tool also wins in terms of usability, with well thought-out functionality and oper- ational efficiency. The plug-in parameters can, for example, be directly loaded onto the console and can be saved as snapshots or as production data. The decisive benefit: the details of a complete production can be saved, along with all its associated plug-in parameters and personal configuration, enabling you to switch between various projects with ease. Stunning ease of use: Accessing a virtual FX rack via the GUI. The Lawo Plug-in Server is conceived as a virtual effects rack, The Plug-in key benefits at a glance: and can be operated as simply as a digital workstation. A most important tool here is the graphical user interface (GUI), which Complete integration of plug-ins into the mixing consoleWorld’s first from Lawo: complete plug-in integration for mixing consoles. With the Lawo automatically displays the plug-ins in use. In this way, you can- environment not only generate various effects directly from the mixing con- Saving of all settings in snapshot and production dataPlug-in Server you can gain from the benefits of two completely different worlds. Thanks sole, you can also manipulate all the plug-in settings via the Superb suitability for live situations, thanks to minimalto comprehensive plug-in integration, it is now possible to use the live mixing facilities of control surface. Additionally, each plug-in function can be used latencythe mc² series, while easily accessing the widest range of “outboard” FX. With this exciting on multiple channels in the mixing console. Plug-in DSP core cards can be used (for example,new application, Lawo provides demanding audio engineers with a genuine innovation that TC Power Core or Universal-Audio) Installation of all plug-ins is possible without Lawo supportopens up completely new possibilities in audio production, offering undreamed-of flexibility Complete compatibility with all VST plug-ins, VST 2.4for live and studio sessions. hardware platforms and plug-ins 30 31
  18. 18. Lawo Dolby ® E Plug-in. Lawo Plug-in Collection.Genuine software innovations now come from Rastatt: New Lawo Plug-in Collection:The Dolby ® E Plug-in from Lawo. The mc² sound on your workstation. We all use virtual writing desks, write virtual letters and play virtual musical instruments. It is therefore fully understandable that you would like to use your computer as a virtual mixing console. And now this is made really easy with the Plug-in Col- lection from Lawo. But even with this virtual device, with refer- ence to the software, one thing is very real: the excellent quality that distinguishes all Lawo products. The benefits of this innovative solution: with the Lawo Plug-in Collection you can import the high-quality signal processing and the original algorithms of the mc² mixing consoles directly to your workstation. Plus you benefit from the many features that have made the mc² series a worldwide reference – for ex- ample, an excellent signal-to-noise ratio, powerful Hyperpan- ning and noise-free parameter control. These benefits certainly distinguish the Lawo Plug-in Collection: superb specification, intelligent user guidance and – last but not least – an extremely attractive price. Intuitive user guidance: as with large-format mixing consoles, Lawo Plug-ins also inspire you with simple and easy-to-understand navigationDeveloped in cooperation with Dolby ® Laboratories and Min- SurCode for Dolby ® E Decoder.netonka Audio Software Inc, Lawo now present a real world’s This software decodes Dolby ® E data, and enables the outputfirst: The Dolby ® E Plug-in for decoding surround bundles. and routing of audio streams. The user interface displays theThe big advantage: Dolby ® E data can now be used not only current programme configuration, the output metering, andon digital workstations but also in combination with the Lawo the most important metadata. Furthermore, realtime tests andPlug-in Server which makes Dolby ® processing software now playback are possible at any time, thus guaranteeing consistentavailable for use in live situations. Data streams can be pro- quality control.cessed on the mixing console in realtime, and you will benefitfrom user-friendly operation that significantly eases your every- SurCode for Dolby® E Encoder.day programme work. This tool facilitates the encoding of up to eight audio channels with different user-selectable programme configurations. From 5.1 and Stereo to up to four independent Stereo or eight Mono channels — all the Dolby ® E data and metadata can be displayed and updated via a simple user interface. Page 33: The Lawo Plug-ins at a glance: From the Automatic Gain Control to the Compressor with a Sidechain Filter – the 12 plug-ins provide the best solution for every job. 32 33
  19. 19. sapphire — A step ahead. NEW available 2011As powerful as ever, as attractive as never before: With the sapphire, a mixing consolehas become available that combines the best of both worlds. Our new console for radiobroadcast is not limited to proven cutting-edge technology but also offers an eye-catchingnew design. The advantage: while technicians will be convinced by the possibility of variousupgrades, maximum flexibility and sophisticated functionality, radio broadcasters will becontinually impressed by the modern control surface, which makes working with the newsapphire fun. In addition, the sapphire offers everything expected from a powerful mixingconsole: top quality, intuitive user guidance and clever solutions, all of which guaranteeeven greater working efficiency. 34 35
  20. 20. sapphire — A step ahead.The best solution for radio hosts:Maximum results with minimum expense.Whether you are a radio host, DJ or editor, your one main concern sapphire advantages for hosts:is to produce a show that your audience will want to listen to. That Reduced control surface results in a short learning curvemeans controversial topics, lively presentation and captivatingcontributions. It also means the right equipment: equipment VisTool touch screen software for visual feedback andthat can be operated intuitively, is easy to understand and can enhanced user interfacestill handle the multiple requirements of day-to-day radio work. Motorised faders for the best overview and perfectIn other words, the sort of features provided by the sapphire — interaction with radio automation systemsthe functional mixing console for hosts who want to focus onwhat is essential: superb broadcasts. Sophisticated n-1/conference logic for relaxed and secure broadcast operations Source-oriented operation — eg. stereo and surround formats on one faderThe best solution for a broadcast complex:Interconnection of several systems via network.The sapphire is not only a convincing soloist — it also performs as a perfect team player. For example, thesapphire can fit perfectly into broadcast networks. Besides the option of low-cost audio connection via MADIinterfaces, broadcasting setups can also be realized at a control level — featuring, of course, resource sharing,standby production cubicles and multi- studio operation. At the same time, freely configurable control signalscan be distributed via Ethernet-TCP/IP to other independent systems, thus enabling multiple and cross-systemfunctions, such as program switches, talkback, conferencing, monitoring selections and red light routing.Another benefit: the high cost-efficiency of integrated sapphire solutions. 36 37
  21. 21. sapphire — A step ahead. sapphire — A step ahead.Modular technology — today’s intelligent solution. Your individual requirements will The extension modules:determine which sapphire configuration is the right one for you. All you need to start For an efficient workflow.broadcasting is a central module, a channel module and a couple of interfaces. However,the sapphire is also able to meet more demanding needs — with the addition of morechannel modules, a sapphire can be transformed into a true production mixing console, The fader and central modules provide a basic configuration to which you can add various optional extensions. These includeplacing a total of 40 faders at your finger tips. But potential configurations go beyond additional rotary controls and buttons that can be freely assignedthe console’s surface. A specific example: Level and control options are displayed directly to different functions. The advantage: you can configure aabove the respective channel in the overbridge, offering more ease of use and the best console to optimize your personal workflow, according to yourpossible workflow in daily productions. specific requirements.The Channel Module:Several layers on one control surface.The modular console concept allows for up to ten channel modules, each with four faders, The overbridge:so that the largest system gives you direct access to 40 channel strips. Each channel Better overview and simplified controls.strip is clearly laid out, and makes the most important functions always available,based on a source-oriented concept. Virtual channels also allow you to work on severaloperating levels — thus enabling a channel module to access many more channels thanthe number of physical faders. And, especially practical during installation, frames with The optional overbridge is not only a slick tool with a moderntheir included modules are connected to each other by just one cable, so they can be design, it offers integral features that guarantee a highly efficientplaced anywhere in or on the table; this allows your workspace to be configured just the workflow in daily radio broadcasts. For example, all channel levelsway you want it! can be displayed directly above the respective channels. The overbridge is not only available for all versions of the sapphire, but can even be used as a standalone unit and ordered individually.The Central Module: Simple, flexible, and made to measure:Fast access to all functions. Configuring a sapphire.The compact central module enables access to all signal parameters, bus assign- Different operator teams, different program ‚ The sapphire s configuration highlights:ments and snapshot control. The buttons in the monitor section can be used to formats, individual workflows — and oneselect monitoring sources or can be assigned to other functions. This makes the mixing console that can be adapted Individual definition of sources, destinations and summing busses,most important functions directly accessible, and you gain from a high level of user- perfectly to your needs. Thanks to its top including integral functions and resourcesfriendliness, enabling you to work quickly and with confidence. performance and extensive configuration Freely programmable console buttons and monitoring section capability, you can set up a sapphire to meet your every need. For example, with Simple allocation of names and control functions the help of the provided software you can (such as mix minus, talkback or fader starts) enter individual settings for interfaces, Extensive programming of logic functions including optocouplers sources and summing mixes, freely assign and relays, eg. red light control relay functions and flexibly create moni- toring systems and remote controls. And Restriction of access rights all of this by the simple use of a WindowsTM graphic application. 38 39

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