Lawo mc²56Lawo has released the second generation of the mc²56 digital production console.

Featuring compatibility with its larger mc² Series siblings – the flagship mc²90 and mc²66 – the mc²56 introduces new features aimed at streamlining workflow efficiencies and increasing productivity.

The mc²56 now supports two-operator use with decentralised control of all parameters including bank and layer selection, EQ, dynamics and bus assignment – enabled by fully-featured ISO bay access. The console also now claims improved ergonomic and intuitive handling.

As part of its enhanced functionality, the console provides expanded, simplified touch operation. This applies to operational aspects such as VCA allocation, bus assignment, meter pickup/mode select and mix-minus configuration. This enhanced operation is accentuated by new button-glow provisions for colour-coding channel strips. Similarly, it has Illuminated rotary knobs, making use in low light conditions easier.

Now with permanent metering of the 16 central faders, the console adds Local I/O that is integrated into its surface. Wherever monitoring or metering, headphones or talkback are required, operators can now connect third-party devices directly to the console.

mc2 56The overbridge now features an integrated Reveal Panel – making it easier, for example, to identify the components of a 5.1 surround mix assigned to an individual fader.

The mc²56 provides Ravenna technology support for real-time processing of audio signals in IP-based networked environments. With as many as 256 I/O per Cat5 line, this capability not only conserves space in confined installations but also provides cost efficiencies.

The new mc²56 console offers support for upwards of 888 channels. Lawo’s Ambit upmix tool offers the ability to convert stereo sources to 5.1 surround, with fully compatible downmix capability. There is also full support for Lawo’s Loudness metering functionality, which is designed to help eliminate jumps in audio loudness between different TV/radio programmes or during a single programme.

‘The second generation mc²56 represents a dramatic step forward in overall functionality and enables operations to accomplish more with even greater efficiency,’ says mc² series Product Manager, Christian Struck. ‘With frames accommodating from 16 to 80 faders, surround sound with hyperpanning and much more, this desk represents an ideal mixing environment for a wide range of mission-critical audio applications. I’m confident this new console will be well received by all who sit down at the controls.’


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