Lawo premieres Virtual Radio Mixing Console at NAB

In a world’s first, Lawo launches at NAB show its crystalCLEAR virtual radio mixing console. The new eight-fader radio mixer is comprised of a compact 1RU DSP engine and a multi-touch optimized Windows application.

The new approach saves desk space and optimizes radio workflows with smart functions like AutoMix and AutoGain. Without the limitations of physical knobs, buttons and faders, the virtual console presents the user with only relevant controls and information, hiding anything not needed for the task at hand. The console also includes a comprehensive monitoring section and can be instantly reconfigured by recalling scenes or presets for different shows and different users.

The integrated AutoMix simplifies mixing and hosting of talkshows significantly. The console takes over control of the microphone mix, while the talent conducts the interview. A side benefit of AutoMix is that it reduces ambient noise from open microphones while keeping the overall volume of the mix at a constant level. AutoMix also works perfectly as a ducking function for voiceovers live on air, allowing the DJ to concentrate rather on his announcement than on the faders.

With AutoGain, the DJ can calibrate all microphone signals easily and without understanding technical aspects. By the press of a button, AutoGain levels microphone gains automatically within seconds, while the talent just talks into the microphone.

crystalCLEAR’s comprehensive feature set includes 3 stereo mixing groups, integrated CUE (PFL) with metering, precision stereo PPM meters, a large time-of-day clock with event timer and talk buttons that automatically appear on mix-minus channels. The advanced DSP core provides four analog mic / line inputs, six analog stereo line inputs, eight analog stereo line outputs, four AES3 stereo inputs with SRC, four AES3 stereo outputs and a RAVENNA Audio-over-IP interface for another four stereo ins and outs. Two headphone outputs and eight GPIOs complete the unit’s set of interfaces. crystalCLEAR provides a redundant power supply option and is prepared for seamless integration with leading radio automation systems like ENCO, RCS and Radiomax.