2009-02-05

New software release v4.4 for mc² series.

New integrated router for mc² consoles features worldwide first redundant control system.

Intuitive workflow plus a high level of reliability and redundancy are key features of any successful product in the modern broadcast environment, and they certainly are with Lawo’s renowned mc² series mixing consoles. Now Lawo has set another milestone with its v4.4 software release for this family of mixing consoles. This latest software supports the new MKII router that, with its on-board computer control, for the first time offers a redundant control system for mc²56 and mc²90 control surfaces. This guarantees the user a unique level of redundancy in modern digital mixing consoles.

With a redundantly configured MKII router, the takeover of an active control system’s tasks by the standby router card is triggered automatically as soon as the standby card detects an error on the active router card. Both router cards are permanently synchronised, so all the important user information, including production data, automation data and snapshots, is immediately available; of course it is also possible to execute a manual switchover. This allows the control computer to be replaced during runtime, without having to take the mixing console out of service. It’s now even possible to have the operating surface at a distance of several miles from the actual mixer and its control engine, the HD core.

In addition to this unique level of reliability, v4.4 software offers other attractive features: The GUI pages have been enhanced and optimised. This much improves the overview and handling, and has also enabled the metering design to suit live applications much better. A Reverse Bus Assign page facilitates the fast location of undesired inputs to the busses.

Another ergonomic delight is the free assignment of different colours to channels. The eight colours used in the so-called ‘colour-coding’ within the mc² series, for the visualisation of fader and sense identification via displays, can now be applied individually to every channel; colour assignments are stored with the snapshots and production data. Now unique user-defined colour assignments can be created for the mc²90 and the mc²56, just like the individual colour schemes loved by so many users in the good old analogue days!