imgRastatt, Germany (November 8, 2013)—Lawo has released new v4.2 software that enables loudness metering for the company’s crystal and sapphire radio consoles.

The consoles deliver loudness metering data for their main meters that may be based on mono, stereo, 5.1 and 5.1+2 signals. In addition, the sapphire can display loudness metering for all input channels. In this case, the loudness metering is working in parallel to the channels’ regular PPMs using metering elements in Lawo’s VisTool touch-screen software. Users can select Momentary, Short Term or Integrated mode for measurement. In addition, the software update includes a graphical fader element, which has been implemented in VisTool to enable fader value control directly by using the GUI.

With version 4.2, these consoles can act as Ember+ providers and consumers. As a provider, a console feeds channel parameters via the Ember+ protocol to third party control systems to enable remote control from external. A sapphire or crystal being a consumer enables the console to remote control other systems via Ember+. Ember+ is an openly available control protocol to be used on a range of hardware platforms, from basic micro controllers up to PCs.

Finally, the software can now be activated also by hardware dongles. Thus it is possible to enable site-wide server-based licensing, move licenses from one PC to another, or implement licenses on virtual machines.