mc²56 - A Global Standard Re-Defined


This 3rd generation of the mc² 56 represents the next step in the evolution of a console that has dominated the audio production industry with hundreds of units in operation around the world. Designed to deliver unrivaled innovation, it provides not just pure and simple access to ultimate performance – it’s a global standard redefined.

Our newest version of the mc² 56 incorporates several groundbreaking features from Lawo’s mc2 96 flagship console without sacrificing the identity of its predecessors – retaining virtues like compact size, flexibility and versatile design for applications ranging from broadcast trucks and studios to live performance and recording.

For optimized performance within IP video production environments, there is full support for native SMPTE 2110, AES67/ RAVENNA and DANTE, while Lawo’s revolutionary LiveView™ feature enables thumbnail previews of video streams directly in the fader labeling displays. Best-in-class performance in networking applications has been taken to the next level with the addition of unique capabilities such as IP-Share™ gain compensation and DSCA™ Dynamic Surface to Core Allocation. All of this and more, simply reinforces this console’s place as the number one choice within complex IP-based production infrastructures.

Push the envelope and take your audio production capabilities even further than you imagined with the new mc² 56. Now more than ever, the global standard in audio production consoles.

Lawo mc²56 Audio Mixing Console


  • Frames with 16 to 112 faders
  • Up to 8,192 x 8,192 crosspoints
  • Up to 1024 DSP channels
  • Up to 192 summing buses
  • Up to 128 aux buses
  • 44.1 – 96 kHz operation
  • Designed for IP-based infrastructures with native support for all relevant IP standards: SMPTE 2110, AES67, RAVENNA and DANTE®

Big Fader Count, Small Footprint

New Features - Third-Generation Lawo mc²56 Production Console Intros Dual Fader Bay: The dual-fader operating surface increases the console’s fader count while keeping its size small. With this new option, the mc²56 becomes the only audio mixing console in its category that can host up to 144 faders within such a compact footprint. The dual fader option also incorporates Lawo’s revolutionary LiveView™ thumbnail previews of associated video streams directly in the fader strips, enhancing user accuracy in fast-paced production situations.



  • IP-based infrastructure with native support for all relevant IP standards: SMPTE 2110, AES67, RAVENNA and DANTE®
  • Optimized for multi-user operation
  • Advanced mix assist systems (AutoMix, UpMix, DownMix, prepared for KICK)
  • Networking and processing capacity with up to 8,192 x 8,192 crosspoints, 1024 DSP channels, 192 summing buses and 128 aux buses
  • 44.1 – 96 kHz operation
  • Comprehensive Audio-Follow-Video functionality
  • LiveView™ video thumbnails
  • IP-Share™ Network Gain Compensation
  • DSCA™ Dynamic-Surface-to-Core Allocation
  • Integrated 3D / Immersive mixing tools
  • Parallel compression
  • Integrated loudness metering
  • Enhanced signal management functions for large productions (including swap and relocate)


  • Dynamic timecode automation
  • Lawo-grade microphone preamps and processing algorithms
  • Machine / DAW remote control
  • Fully customizable signal chain with four independent dynamic modules
  • Clickless-delay adjustments
  • Parallel compression
  • Fanless console design


  • Selective Recall
  • Oversnaps (relative trim-sets)
  • Comprehensive theater automation cue list including multiple triggers (MIDI, GPIO, LTC, ...)
  • Waves SoundGrid® Integration
  • Neumann DMI-8® digital microphone integration
  • Workflow-specific customization of functionality and features
  • Clickless-delay adjustments
  • Mirror-console operation
  • A/B input switch
  • Cascaded / nested VCAs
  • IP-Share TM Network Gain Compensation
  • iPad and Windows Tablet remote control software
  • Integrated loudness metering for “visual” mixing


Control Panel

  • Frames from 16 to 112 faders*
  • Remote stand-alone frames of 16 faders
  • 6 banks each with 2 layers
  • 100 mm fader + 4 freely adjustable rotary knobs + Input-Gain controller + channel display for each fader with sense-triggered change of module display
  • TFT metering: mono, stereo or up to 7.1 including bus assignment, gain reduction for dynamics, AfV status, VCA
  • assignment, Mix-Minus, Signal Patching, Meter selection, Automix state
  • GUI page output, e.g. metering, on an external monitor
  • 8 user buttons, 4 talkback buttons and 4 user buttons per fader with 16 functions each
  • Optional: two integrated user panels (TC automation panel, 40 user button panel, reveal fader panel, RTW TM7 or TM9 goniometer), script tray

* dual fader version scheduled for Q4/2018

Signal Processing

  • 40-bit floating point
  • 1024 channels and 192 summing buses
  • Up to 760 inputs with A/B input, up to 64 sub-groups, up to 128 aux buses, up to 96 track buses, up to 48 main sums
  • Rapid switching of channel and bus to mono / stereo / surround
  • Up to 96 surround channels, 128 VCA groups with metering, 256 GP channels
  • Surround formats: DTS & Dolby ® Digital 5.1, Dolby ® Pro-logic 4.0, DTS ES & Dolby ® EX 6.1, SDDS 7.1, DTS-HD 7.1,diverse panning characteristics, surround aux bus
  • 2 AFL: 1 surround 8-channel, 1 stereo
  • 2 PFL stereo
  • Audio-follow-Video with 128 events, control via Remote MNOPL, GPI or matrix connection, envelope up to 10s fade time
  • Solo In Place
  • Permanent input meter at the fader, adjustable INPUT, PF, AF, DIROUT, TRACK meter point in channel display
  • Loudness Metering according to EBU R128 and ATSC A/85, momentary or short term in every channel, integrated measurement on sum channels with display of integrated LUFS value in headline
  • Modules: INMIX with MS decoder, digital amp, 2-band fully parametric filter, 4-band fully parametric EQ, 2-band fully parametric side chain filter, insert, delay up to 1800 ms – switchable units: meters, milliseconds, frames,
    4 independent dynamic modules: expander, gate, compressor (incl. parallel compression), limiter, image, meter, direct out
  • AMBIT Upmix, available on every 5.1 channel, fully Downmix compatible
  • 8 Automix groups available for mono/stereo/surround channels with unlimited contributing channels each
  • Inline configuration with send / return switching – per channel or global
  • Fully-equipped surround channel with coupling of all channel parameters and hyper-panning

Routing Matrix

  • Up to 8,192 x 8,192 crosspoints, non-blocking
  • 96 kHz, 24-bit
  • Fully redundant signal path
  • Level adjustment for all inputs and outputs
  • Downmixing from surround (up to 7.1) to stereo
  • Integrated monitoring devices for remote locations, e.g. director’s room
  • 1,016 internal loop-backs
  • Full networking of up to 14 Nova73 Cores, share and import of sources and destinations, studio intervention
  • Full snapshot and production portability independent of matrix and DSP size


Waves SoundGrid ® integration with storage of plug-in parameters in snapshot and production data




  • Mic / Line, Line Out, AES3, 3G SDI, HD-SDI, MADI, ATM, GPIO, Serial, MIDI, ADAT ®, RAVENNA / AES67 / SMPTE 2110, DANTE ® Audio-over-IP; for details see DALLIS product information
  • Stereo and surround monitoring systems


  • Blackburst, Wordclock, PTP, AES3, MADI, DANTE, 3 redundant inputs with automatic detection


  • PSUs, DSP board, router board
  • Fully redundant signal path
  • Redundant control system, exchangeable during run time, full data redundancy

Control unit

  • Bay ISO with separate layer and bank switching, plus second PFL / AFL bus
  • Global A / B input switching
  • Enhanced mix-minus control with independent off-air conference
  • Fader control of all level parameters
  • Diverse tally and fader start modes
  • Program switch
  • Machine control
  • Audio-follow-Video, up to 128 camera tallies, Ethernet or GPI controlled
  • Camera mic remote via GPI or voltage control

External Control Systems

  • Remote control of all routing parameters via network
  • Ember+ control protocol integrated
  • Remote control of integrated matrix monitoring units
  • Online configuration with AdminHD, graphical configuration of Nova73 components
  • External matrix controllers: Lawo VSM, Evertz Magnum, GV Ignite, Ross Overdrive, Vizrt Viz Mosart, Imagine Magellan, BFE KSC, Pharos, and others

Remote Maintenance

  • Connection via Internet remote software
  • Software updates, error diagnostics, remote assistance

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