New York, NY (December 17, 2015)—Lawo’s new Sapphire Compact mixing desk—a new, small mixing surface with either eight or 12 motorized faders—is now shipping worldwide. Equipped with VisTool 5.0 software for extended visualisation and control, Sapphire Control is intended for radio programming such as interactive news and call-in shows.
The console sports a number of new features. Autogain, for example, is designed for multiple-mic talk shows and news programs, and can adaptively optimize the dynamic range of all active microphone preamps to provide an even mix of voices.
Another feature, Automix, is an exclusive DSP algorithm which allows presenters to create radio shows virtually hands-free. Automix works by riding the gain of any combination of mono and stereo input signals to produce a mix, freeing talent to prepare for what’s next.
Sapphire Compact also has a unique “layering” capability, which enables the console to manage a live broadcast while, at the same time, performing alternate tasks such as voice tracking, phone-call editing and light production.
The desk is available in both desktop and flush-mount styles; a compact 1RU mixing engine includes a full suite of signal processing functions, along with analog and digital I/O, plus AoIP and baseband connections. Sapphire Compact comes with VisTool screen building application software, designed to create custom status displays, tablet and touchscreen based button panels and even mixing console controllers. VisTool also serves to capture and manage snapshots and offers rights management functionality. The new 5.0 version adds GUI elements including the ability to place web page objects on custom panels. It also provides integration to more devices via the Ember+ control protocol while a new logic engine enables rules-based decisions and actions.