From the old days to today

The history of Lawo

From the analog mixing consoles in the 1970s to the development of the programmable audio console PTR to the first fully digital mixing consoles of the mc series and the network-capable mc² series - Lawo has set milestones again and again and has acquired an excellent reputation as innovative company. The latest milestone marks the presentation of video processing solutions.



  • Peter Lawo founds in Rastatt / Germany an engineer's office for electronic equipment


  • Development of electronic sound processors  (Vocoder, Halaphon, etc.)
  • Development and manufacture of analog modules and modular mixing consoles based on broadcast cassettes


  • Development of the programmable audio mixing console PTR with analog signal processing and digital control (hybrid audio mixing console)


  • Development of the fully digital and modular mc series
    (more than 100 systems in operation)


  • Take-over and further developments of the successful diamond series
    (more than 100 systems in operation)


  • Presentation of the mc² series with linear audio networking via ATM
    (more than 50 systems in operation)


  • Lawo Gerätebau GmbH becomes Lawo AG


  • Presentation of the modular matrix system SAM (Smart Audio Matrix)


  • Presentation of the new mixing console zirkon  
  • Presentation of the modular and low-priced matrix system Nova17


  • The mini mixer z4 with 4 stereo channel completes the product range
  • Presentation of the mc²HD technology with 96kHz
  • Presentation of the Nova73 HD routing system


  • The broadcast and live console mc²66 sets new standards in functionality, ergonomics and cost-efficiency


  • February 2006: Torino gets going - Lawo provides the sound of the Olympics to Finland
  • May 2006: Launch of the mc²90 at the AES Paris
  • June 2006: FIFA World Cup GermanyTM  
    The audio of the commentators is supplied via Nova73 HD and the worldfeed produced in surround with two mc²66 consoles


  • May 2007: Lawo equipment broadcasts Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki


  • March 2008: Lawo is the "Supplier of the mixing console for Formula One host production"
  • April 2008: Launch of the mc²56 at the NAB in Las Vegas
  • June 2008: mc²90 and mc²66 consoles used for broadcasting the EURO
  • August 2008: in Beijing, at this year's biggest international sports event, more than 50 mc² consoles on site produce about 70% of all international feeds
  • September 2008: Launch of the new crystal console at IBC Amsterdam


  • January 2009: Lawo is honored with a Silver Award at the "29th German Economy Innovation Awards"
  • March 2009: Lawo is the "Supplier of the mixing console for Formula One host production"
  • April 2009: Lawo presents its own Plug-in Collection
  • September 2009: Lawo presents the new mc²66 at IBC Amsterdam
  • December 2009: Extension of Lawo HQ premises with new buildings 


  • January 2010: official opening of the production facilities in the new Lawo building
  • February 2010: more than 50 Lawo systems in use at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler
  • March 2010: Lawo is "Supplier of the mixing console for Formula One host production"
  • March 2010: Lawo cooperates with Optocore
  • June/July 2010: more than 50 Lawo systems produce international and national sound at world's football event in South Africa
  • September 2010: Lawo presents at the IBC the new Radio OnAir Mixing console sapphire and the Nova29 matrix system
  • October 2010: Lawo celebrates 40th birthday with about 350 guests from the broadcast industries


  • March 2011: Lawo is "Supplier of the mixing console for Formula One host production"
  • August 2011: Lawo presents mc² v4.14 release, offering for the first time integrated Loudness Metering; furthermore the mc²66 Extra Faders Option is supported
  • November 2011: Lawo integrates Innovason brand in their portfolio


  • March 2012: Lawo is "Supplier of the mixing console for Formula One host production"
  • June 2012: Lawo equipment used for the EURO by ARD Radio
  • July/August 2012: More than 50 Lawo systems in London for sports programme production
  • September 2012: Lawo launches at IBC the new generation mc²56
  • September 2012: Lawo presents the V__pro8, Lawo's first video product


  • April 2013: Lawo presents the Nova73 compact routing system and mixing console core
  • September 2013: Lawo presents at IBC the V__link4
  • September 2013: Lawo presents the Lawo Commentary Unit
  • October 2013: Lawo honored with “Emmy Engineering Plaque”


  • April 2014: Lawo launches crystalCLEAR virtual radio mixing console with touch-screen operation
  • April 2014: Lawo presents IP-based camera hubs using V__link4
  • September 2014: Lawo introduces mc²36 All-in-One audio mixing console at IBC


  • April 2015: At NAB, Lawo presents the new A__Line Audio-over-IP Internface and the new mc²56 XT console
  • April 2015: At Prolight+Sound, Lawo presents its new compact I/O
  • September 2015: Lawo redefines Audio Sports Production with KICK
  • September 2015: Premiere at IBC of Lawo's Plug&Play IP/MADI Router and of sapphire compact radio console
  • December 2015: Lawo joins AIMS to ensure sustainable transition to IP


  • January 2016: L-S-B becomes Lawo
  • January 2016: ABS becomes Lawo
  • April 2016: Premiere at NAB for V__matrix - Software-defined IP-Routing & Processing Platform
  • April 2016: Premiere at NAB for R3LAY Virtual Radio Mixer - Radio. In the bag
  • September 2016: Introduction of the mc²56 XC console at IBC Amsterdam
  • September 2016: KICK 2.0 and Lawo's motorized microphone stands presented at IBC