Lawo ran a special event to launch new crystal Broadcast Console

Lawo launches new crystal broadcast console

Streamed live from its studio at Lawo’s headquarters in Rastatt/Germany, the Special Launch Event took place on October 24th, 2023 and served to Lawo for unveiling its new crystal broadcast console for broadcast applications.

According to the company, the IP-native mixing system is based on the open Ravenna/AES67 Audio-over-IP networking standards and complies with SMPTE ST2110-30/-31 for audio, as well as ST2022-7 for redundancy. Powered by the Lawo Power Core Engine, crystal supports expandable I/O, accommodating AES67, MADI, analog, AES3 as well as Dante® audio sources and destinations.

The new console is available with 6, 8 and 14 faders, and with two distinct modes of operation — Power Core and Controller —.  The IP-native crystal is available in both a light and a dark finish. Both versions allow users to tailor the desk to their needs. Adding optional Virtual Extensions increases the availability of immediate information for every function.

According to Lawo, the crystal Broadcast Console is almost silent, motorized faders and precise encoders permit flawless integration with program automation and playout systems, so it is adecuate for multiple-layer operations involving voice tracking, remote production, or DAW control. Programmable, color-coded LED button and encoder lighting highlights common control functions.

The Broadcast Console has helpful meter bridges, optional Virtual Extension modules feature full-HD TFT displays for extended information and touch control. Ember+ and HTML5 integration enables control of third-party hardware and software. crystal employs smart algorithms that speed up production workflows. The AutoMix function automatically maintains the balance of multi-mic productions, and AutoMix Grouping allows this automatic mixing to be applied to multiple independent source groups. AutoGain, an automatic gain setting function, optimizes guest and host mic levels with a single button press.

Controller mode caters to requests for a small IP-native extension panel for mc² audio production consoles. A crystal Main or Fader module can be used as a control panel for an mc²/A__UHD Core-based back-end. In Controller mode, crystal is a tool for second-row/grams mixer applications, as a dedicated control surface for an otherwise headless system, and for leveraging the shared processing options of a single A__UHD Core via a Pooling 4/8/16/32 license.

crystal obviously also integrates with Home, Lawo’s management platform for IP-based media infrastructures.


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