Lawo has unveiled its all-new diamond broadcast console for radio and TV applications – the first Lawo radio console to feature the company’s Unified Experience user interface, which provides a consistent interface across its entire product portfolio.

The IP-native mixing system is based on the open AES67/Ravenna Audio-over-IP networking standards, and also complies with ST2110-30/-31 and ST2022-7. Powered by the Lawo Power Core Engine, diamond provides expandable I/O, accommodating AES67, Madi, analogue, AES3 as well as Dante audio sources and destinations.

Modular by design, diamond is available in configurations from two to 60 physical faders, either as desktop or flush-mount build. Fader-adjacent colour displays give extended source information, and two fader layers allow operators to instantly switch between multiple tasks. Silent, motorised faders and encoders inherited from Lawo’s mc² audio production consoles permit integration with program automation and playout systems – for multiple-layer operations involving voice tracking, remote production, or DAW control. Programmable, colour-coded LED button and encoder lighting highlights common control functions.

Lawo diamond broadcast consoleMeter bridges, optional Virtual Extension modules feature HD colour TFT displays for extended information and touch control. Ember+ and HTML5 integration enable control of third-party hardware and software.

diamond is a completely modular production system that enables broadcasters to build a console tailored to the specific requirements of users and workflows. Several module types are available for customer-specific arrangements of hardware controls and sections. The system uses smart algorithms that speed up production workflows alongside assistive mixing technologies – among them, AutoMix automatically maintains the balance of multi-mic productions, and AutoMix Grouping allows this intelligent automatic mixing to be applied to multiple independent source groups. AutoGain, an automatic gain setting function, optimises guest and host mic levels with a single button press.

An IP-based studio infrastructure allows remote control of devices and information sharing between studios. The diamond display apps take advantage of IP studio networking, giving users the ability to operate a console remotely with access to every function from a PC with a LAN/WAN connection.

Thanks to an unlimited number of snapshots and DSP profiles that can be stored and recalled from any networked console, individual talent profiles or custom show setups are available anywhere – including operators working remotely from home studios and OB set-ups.

A sophisticated rights-management system gives engineers the power to tailor access to console features based on multiple user groups, or on a user-by-user basis.

Additionally, diamond integrates with Home, Lawo’s management platform for today’s complex IP-based media infrastructures. HO Home ME helps connect, manage and secure all aspects of live production environments, providing centralised microservices for swift, effective interaction of engineers with their tools. H Home OME securely turns an array of devices, set-ups, sites, hubs and data centres into a powerful, agile network.

‘With diamond, Lawo is making a bold statement regarding the radio landscape of the future,’ says Lawo Senior Product Manager for Radio, Johan Boqvist. ‘In addition to being entirely user configurable and flexible with respect to fader count, diamond sets a new standard for hardware and software integration on a true, native IP platform.’


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