Lawo has announced a new software licence package for its Power Core AoIP mixing engine and I/O node – Power Core Max (Multiple Access) makes it possible for a single Power Core device to be the mixing engine for multiple on-air mixing consoles.

Lawo Power Core Max‘Many of Lawo’s customers are large public broadcasters whose workflows dictate big mixing surfaces, so Power Core was designed with a huge amount of DSP and modular I/O in 1U of rack space – maybe even too much for an average console,’ says Lawo Radio Marketing Specialist, Clark Novak. ‘Power Core Max lets you unlock all those resources to power two, three or even four small mixing surfaces. That’s a capability that anyone who wants to maximise their equipment budget will immediately appreciate.’

Power Core’s dual-redundant front-panel AES67 ports can accommodate up to 128 streams with a total of 256 audio channels, while four front-panel Madi ports can handle 64 Madi channels each, for a total of 256 channels, or 128 Madi channels in dual-redundant mode. Meanwhile, eight rear-panel expansion slots allow mixing-and-matching analogue line, AES3, Mic, Madi with sample-rate conversion, and Dante interface cards to allow tailoring a custom I/O load to nearly any operational requirement. A unique Studio I/O card supplies mic inputs plus headphone and monitor outputs in a single space.

Power Core’s processing supports 96 DSP channels for sweetening and processing of large groups of audio signals; while nearly 2,000 routing cross-points make Power Core a self-contained AoIP router for radio and TV stations seeking to bridgelegacy audio formats and standards-based IP media networks. ST2022-7 Seamless Protection Switching provides dual-redundant AoIP network connections to insure against network link interruption.

Four upgradeable license packages are available. The new Power Core Max package, with support for up to 254 physical and virtual faders, 96 channels of DSP (EQ, dynamics, compression and limiting), 32 channels of bus DSP processing, VisTool Standard touchscreen GUI control, 1920 x 1920 routing matrix, a 78-station Intercom matrix, and support for up to four independent connected mixing surfaces, is intended for multiple studios with small or medium-sized consoles. Power Core XL, offers all the features of Max enabled for a single powerful console. This package is for network operations, master control rooms, or large, busy main studios with multiple input sources.

Power Core L is matched to the requirements of single medium- and small-console studios, and can accommodate up to 64 AES67 streams and 128 Madi streams, 128 physical and virtual faders (including utility software mini-mixer), 48 channels of DSP audio shaping, 16 channels of bus processing, and a 1728 x 1728 routing matrix. Power Core SAN is for configuring Power Core as a high-capacity networked audio I/O gateway with limited DSP processing capabilities.

Power Core is expandable and configurable, with the choice of multiple tiered license packages and extensive AES67 and Madi I/O, and eight rear-panel card slots for addition of analogue, AES3, Madi and Dante interfaces. A Studio I/O card completes the package with mic inputs plus headphone and monitor channel outputs.


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