Lawo has announced a dual-fader operating bay for the second-generation mc²36 audio production console that offers 48 faders in the same space as a 32-fader desk.

With theatre, houses of worship, corporate, live and broadcast audio applications in mind, the console more than doubles the processing capability of its predecessor and features a built-in A__UHD Core supporting 256 processing channels at both 48kHz and 96kHz. It natively supports ST2110, AES67, Ravenna and Ember+ with an I/O capacity of 864 channels, with local connections that include three redundant IP network interfaces. It offers 16 mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs, eight AES3 inputs and outputs, eight GPIO connections, and an SFP Madi port.

Lawo mc²36 dual-fader surfaceOperation and visualisation features include Button-Glow and touch-sensitive rotary controls, colour TFT fader-strip displays, LiveView video thumbnails and 21.5-inch full HD touchscreen controls. Its built-in full loudness control is compliant with the ITU 1770 (EBU/R128 or ATSC/A85) standard, featuring peak and loudness metering that can measure individual channels as well as summing buses.

The new mc²36 offers seamless integration of third-party solutions including recording systems, effects engines and other systems running on external PCs, into its user interface. Applications display in the console’s screen, while console keyboard, touchpad and touchscreen provide control.

The mc²36 also supports integration of Waves SuperRack SoundGrid, providing access to Waves’ extensive plug-in selection of real-time signal processing alongside the console’s internal processing engine – with no additional screens or control devices required.

Moving the mc²36 to the A__UHD Core means that all developments in the future happen on a single, unified platform, with production file compatibility retained between all mc² consoles. Lawo’s A__UHD technology includes Lawo’s innovative new IP Easy functionality. IP Easy, based on Lawo’s Home management platform for IP-based media infrastructures, makes connecting IP audio and I/O devices as easy as if they were baseband – the console automatically detects new devices and makes them available at the touch of a button. IP Easy manages IP addresses, multicast ranges, and VLANs, and includes security features like access control and quarantining of unknown devices to protect your network.

Home is natively built on a cloud-ready microservices architecture, enabling users to connect, manage and secure networked production set-ups from the ground up. It provides central access and control for all Lawo equipment within a set-up. Home addresses some of the most demanding requirements of modern IP infrastructures – including automated discovery and registration of devices, connection management, flow control, software and firmware management, scalability and security.


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