Rastatt, Germany (May 8, 2017)—Lawo launched its new flagship mc296 Grand Audio Production Console for IP video production environments, with native support for SMPTE 2110, AES67, Ravenna and Dante, at NAB 2017.
The Lawo mc296 console, available in frame sizes with 24 to 200 faders, is intended to be Lawo’s most visual broadcast console ever. The desk features 21.5-in. full HD touch-screens as well as multiple mini color TFTs in channel strips and touch-sensitive color-coded encoders.
Lawo claims a world’s first for its new LiveView video thumbnails. In addition to standard channel labeling via channel numbers, individual text labels and static pictures or icons, the mc296 can display real-time video thumbnails at the fader’s mini TFTs for channel identification. Touching a fader changes the LiveView thumbnail to full-screen mode, providing a more detailed view of that channel’s video source, such as a camera or a replay machine.
Designed for networking in IP production infrastructures, the mc296 employs Lawo’s IP-Share Network Gain Compensation when using shared Dallis I/Os to prevent unexpected changes on up to eight networked consoles when individual users adjust their gain settings.
Reflecting today’s requirements for 3D/immersive audio productions, the mc296 provides a dedicated elevation controller as standard. Furthermore, the mc296 offers Lawo-grade integrated loudness metering in accordance with ITU 1770 (EBU/R128 or ATSC/A85). ln addition to program buses, Lawo loudness metering can also measure individual channels, which allows fast and convenient “visual” mixing of multiple-microphone setups.
The desk can also be operated in multi-user mode, with 96 rotary encoders in each 16-fader bay giving direct access to all parameters, effectively creating an additional central control panel. Addressing live broadcast and performing arts applications, the mc296 offers many innovative mix-assist systems enabling the sound engineer to concentrate on the overall balance and sound quality of the production.