Lawo unveils HOME mc2 DSP app

In a groundbreaking virtual event, Lawo has revealed the HOME mc² DSP app’s introduction, a microservice-based counterpart to Lawo’s A__UHD Core. Joining the HOME Apps family, the ultra-low-latency HOME mc² DSP app stands as a server-based, agile audio engine. Seamlessly blending the familiarity of the HOME Apps platform with Lawo’s signature audio processing excellence, it offers superior flexibility in connectivity and scalability.

Designed to be used in conjunction with mc² mixing consoles or to create a (virtual) mixing system instantly, the HOME mc² DSP app meets the demands of audio processing wherever and whenever it’s needed at short notice.

The brand new solution is the go-to audio processing solution for converged video/audio production environments. Packing all the features of the A__UHD Core FPGA processing platform into a CPU-based package, it enables operators to deploy mc²-grade DSP processing with unprecedented granularity.

As part of the HOME Apps platform, the new app benefits from the agility provided by processing abstraction from hardware. Leveraging Lawo’s Flex licensing and subscription model, users can allocate subscription credits to any available HOME App, whether audio or video, for precise budget control. Transitioning from one location, such as the production hub, to another, like an OB truck or remote site, is seamless.

The primary role of this new tool is to deliver audio processing in scenarios where an A__UHD Core isn’t accessible or where staying within the HOME Apps ecosystem is more practical. With this app, setting up a processing core with the required number of DSP channels for various use cases becomes effortless.

Despite its CPU-based architecture, the HOME mc² DSP app achieves the same ultra-low latency as its hardware counterpart. Its capabilities and characteristics are so akin that operators cannot discern whether they are using a hardware-based A__UHD Core or the mc² DSP app. Switching between the two—and back—is as easy as pushing a button in the HOME UI.

The application automatically scales with future CPU advancements and can deliver thousands of DSP channels when needed. Supporting mono, stereo, 5.1, and NGA Immersive Mixing formats, as well as a flexible number of AUX, GRP, and SUM busses, HOME mc² DSP embodies the app-based counterpart of the A__UHD Core. Any HOME App can be stopped at any time, freeing up server capacity, Flex Subscription credits, and reducing power consumption.

Christian Struck, Lawo’s Senior Product Manager, Audio Infrastructure, commented: “HOME mc² DSP harnesses the unique granularity and flexibility of the HOME Apps platform regarding input and output media transport protocols. It will support mixed-format SMPTE ST2110, NDI, and SRT production environments, and newer formats that may become relevant down the line. There are no plans to discontinue the A__UHD Core as it remains the processing tool of choice for audio-only workflows in a live-sound context.”

Lucas Zwicker, Senior Director, Workflow and Integration, CTO Office at Lawo, added: “The introduction of the HOME mc² DSP app marks the next milestone in Lawo’s audio history. This is not a lift-and-shift implementation of an existing product: HOME mc² DSP has been carefully reengineered from scratch to meet tomorrow’s requirements for converged audio, video, and commodity-based processing infrastructures. Of course, we deliver the sonic performance our customers have come to expect from mc² mixers.”

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