Lawo Debuts Next-Generation Software for mc2 Consoles
Lawo has announced the Version 4.14 software update for its mc² series consoles, including the mc²90, mc²66, mc²66 MKII, and mc²56. V4.14 offers loudness metering, downmix functionality, and full support for the company’s Extra Faders option; is fully compliant with ITU-R BS.1770 and ATSC/A85 standards; and is able to meter loudness on every channel.
Lawo’s Loudness Metering, which can be combined at any time with a True Peak display, allows monitoring of any individual channel in momentary or short-term mode, with each main output facilitating integration of loudness over time. It can be operated using presets for the EBU R128 and ATSC A/85 standards and, throughout a complete production, can be displayed in the GUI (graphical user interface) header display.
In addition to Loudness Metering, V4.14 offers a downmix facility for 5.1 surround sound on mc² series consoles. A new GUI page enables the operator to adjust downmix levels for individual channels as well as the overall level of the stereo downmix. Up to four stereo downmixes with different parameters and center signals can be created from a single 5.1 source.
Lawo’s recently introduced Extra Faders surface layout is fully supported in V4.14. A surface option developed for the company’s mc²66 console incorporates both maximum-fader density and eight additional faders located in the center mix position. If preferred, users can still choose between the classic layout and the new Short Control fader panel. Two new user panels, Screen Control and Reveal Surround Fader, complement the Extra Fader option; they can be placed flexibly within the console layout. The Extra Faders option includes a 64-fader width, now possible in OB vans thanks to space-saving construction using smaller-width faders, and a special Reveal Surround Fader user panel.
Equally notable in V4.14 is the incorporation of Lawo’s mxGUI software, which guarantees less stress in high-pressure moments and excels in two different applications: (1) online, for the parallel operation of systems, and (2) offline, for the preparation of productions, snapshots, and much more. Key features include the ability to set up the mixing console via computer (preproduction), remote access to the control surface (regardless of location), and operator support via remote control. The mxGUI software is compatible with both Windows and Mac. For additional information about Lawo’s V4.14 software, visit www.lawo.ca.