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Lawo unveils next-gen Core engine and compact mc²36 console online

Lawo unveils next-gen Core engine and compact mc²36 console online

Lawo unveils next-gen Core engine and compact mc²36 console online

The A__UHD Core Phase II audio engine and next generation mc²36 audio production console have been unveiled by Lawo during a live stream from the Jazz Club, Karlsruhe. Both products are designed to deliver maximum output using minimal space, weight and power requirements.

Delivering 1,024 channels of audio processing with a power consumption of 220W, the 1-u height A__UHD Core is the German manufacturer’s new console core for mc² consoles. Lawo’s new software package for the A__UHD Core represents a major leap forward according to Lawo’s Audio Production senior product manager, Christian Struck. “UHD stands for ultra-high density - and it lives up to its name. A__UHD Core combines minimum size with maximum performance. It has everything a live production console needs, including 1,024 channels of mc²-grade processing algorithms, multiple sets of monitoring matrices, downmixing and upmixing, and is ready for next-generation audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and MPEG-H. From now on, the A__UHD Core will be the power behind all mc² consoles.”

Designed to operate within IP networks and manage networked devices at 48 kHz and 96 kHz, the A__UHD Core is a native IP device. As such, it is based fully on open standards such as ST2110-30/-31, AES67, RAVENNA, Ember+ and NMOS. The software-defined hardware for the A__UHD Core’s feature set is defined purely by software, ensuring future-proofed benefits. Users can tailor the capabilities of their A__UHD Core to fit individual needs and budgets, by changing features and functionality based on permanent or temporary software licences. A “pooling” license allows one A__UHD Core to divide its DSP power between multiple mixing surfaces, allowing either unit to power several smaller consoles with 256 channels each or one large console with 1,024 DSP channels. Lawo’s phase two development of the A__UHD Core includes the IP Easy functionality to permit operation of network audio devices.

Features include dynamic resource allocation that allows any mc² surface to be allocated to any networked A__UHD Core, and complete network interface redundancy. Eight front-panel ports are split into four SFP network interfaces to provide dual, independent IP network connections. ST2022-7 Class C Seamless Protection Switching (SPS) with extended buffer size operates on WAN in addition to LAN, for which each SFP interface can receive a total of 128 Tx and Rx streams providing 512 audio channels. A second A__UHD Core with a redundancy licence can be deployed locally as a 1+1 hot spare device mirroring the active device and taking over if needed and the redundant power supply units are hot swappable.

The new mc²36 mixer doubles the DSP channel count of the original, introducing a compact 16-fader version to give the smallest mc² footprint to date. Following recent redesigns of the mc²96 and mc²56 consoles, the latest technology has been introduced to the compact mc²36 as well.

“New capabilities in the mc²36 provide customers who need a small console something they’ve never had before — an IP-native mixer with outstanding DSP power and comprehensive I/O connectivity,” commented Lawo’s Audio Production senior technical product manager Lucas Zwicker. “Furthermore, the new console not only provides IP connectivity, but also Lawo-grade microphone inputs and line outs, together with AES3 and a built-in MADI port for legacy equipment. Moving the mc²36 to the A__UHD Core means that all developments in the future will happen on a single platform and that Lawo continues to provide production file compatibility between all mc² consoles. A production file from an mc²36 can therefore be used on an mc²96 for post-production.”

Offering 256 processing channels at both 48 and 96 kHz operation, DSP capacity has more than doubled. In addition, the I/O capacity has been increased to 864 channels, with local connections including three redundant IP network interfaces, 16 Lawo-grade mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs, eight AES3 inputs and outputs, eight GPIO connections and an SFP MADI port. Powered by A__UHD Core, the console natively supports ST2110, AES67, RAVENNA, and Ember+. Other features include Button-Glow, touch-sensitive rotary controls, colour TFT fader-strip displays, LiveView video thumbnails and 21.5-inch HD touchscreen controls. Other features include loudness control compliant with ITU 1770 (EBU/R128 or ATSC/A85) standard, remote desktop integration for recording systems and effects engines and Waves Plugin Integration.

“Lawo has always been known for innovation and performance, as well as maximum redundancy and reliability,” concluded Struck. “With the simultaneous introduction of the new software package for A__UHD Core and the new mc²36, audio professionals will find themselves enjoying a whole new world of power, flexibility and ease-of use. This flexible, software-defined architecture is the platform from which many new developments will be launched.”

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