Amsterdam, Netherlands (September 17, 2014)—At this year’s IBC show, Lawo launched its new mc236 audio mixing console for broadcast, theater, house of worship, live and install applications.
The compact console features a DSP micro-core with internal 512 x 512 port audio matrix. Integrated I/O makes it suited to permanent installations with limited space as well as to rental companies looking to optimize transportation, according to the company. Natively equipped with RAVENNA/AES67 technology, the mc236 integrates into IP infrastructures.
The Lawo mc236 was reportedly designed as a “universal” console, with its focus on ease-of-use. Its 21.5-inch HD touchscreens work with touch-sensitive color-illuminated rotary encoders to provide intuitive operation—for example, the dynamics window will automatically pop-up when the dynamics encoders are touched, and after adjusting the parameters, the auto-close function will close the window without additional user action to restore the full overview.
The console’s interfaces include 32 mic/line inputs, 32 line outputs, eight digital AES3 inputs, eight digital AES3 outputs, eight GPIO ports, one MADI (SFP) port, three RAVENNA/AES67 channels, and a headphone jack. In addition to the onboard I/O, a MADI tie-line connection and three RAVENNA/AES67 Audio-over-IP ports provide future-proof connectivity for up to 384 external inputs and outputs, offering a total capacity of 496 physical inputs and outputs.
The mc? Compact I/O can expands the mc236’s connectivity and provide a distant stagebox solution in addition to the on-board I/O. Connected via CAT5 or fiber (optional), the ruggedized 5RU stagebox provides 32 mic/line inputs, 32 line outputs, 8 digital AES3 inputs, 8 digital AES3 outputs, 8 GPIO and a MADI (SFP) port. The mc236 allows for connecting up to three mc2 Compact I/O.
The mc236 intelligently networks with other Lawo consoles, and can be operated in combination with Lawo Nova audio routers.