Visual Radio Console
When our engineers set out to design a new radio mixer, their goal was to completely re-think the modern broadcast console. There's been a fundamental shift in the way programming is produced; studio tasks are more computer-oriented than ever before - screens are everywhere. Operators are also busier than ever. Whether producing a talk show or morning program with multiple phones and a half-dozen mics, or voice-tracking while running a live show, there's no margin for error.
To fit this new environment, we built a whole new kind of console - one that meets and exceeds the demands of today's radio workplace, with physical and virtual controls that complement each other. Multi-touch enabled information displays that let operators adjust settings quickly and easily. On-screen controls and meters that can quickly dock to free screen space for other production tools. Motorized faders that silently assume preset positions instantly. And advanced automated functions, like AutoMix hands-free mixing, that leave talent free to create (instead of baby-sitting levels). And that's only the beginning.
With ruby, the physical controls are only part of the story. Today, board operators interact as much (or more) with screens and displays as they do with the mixing console. So we've integrated mixing tools and other console controls right into ruby's multi-touch enabled display (powered by VisTool, our amazingly powerful GUI-building software). Now, talent can make fast adjustments to audio levels with "virtual faders", tweak EQ and dynamics processing, load snapshots, change routes and more using intuitive onscreen controls. VisTool even enables you to design custom, context-sensitive screens that suit your station's unique operating style.
Delivery systems, voice track recorders, audio editors and Web browsers play an important role in live operation, but they also promote screen clutter, blocking studio sight-lines. ruby helps solve this problem, reducing screen clutter with the ability to instantly "dock" console informatics. Talent can then use the screen for other tasks, while meters, clocks and timers stay visible at screen's edge. Another click, and the ruby display returns.
Power To Spare
ruby’s Power Core is perhaps the most powerful mixing engine ever designed for a radio console, with a 4,000-signal capacity. Massive amounts of DSP enable perfect audio shaping via 96 channels of parametric EQ, expansion, compressing, limiting, de-essing and delay synchronization, mixed to as many as 80 buses. There’s plenty of standard I/O: 2 Ethernet ports each carry 64 AES67 inputs and outputs; 4 MADI ports handle 256 total MADI signals.
Easy, flexible I/O options
Power Core comes standard with a staggering amount of AES67 and MADI I/O already installed. But you can add lots more, quickly and easily. 8 rear-panel slots accommodate a variety of I/O modules, all equipped with high-density DB-25 connectors using the AES59 wiring standard to facilitate quick and easy hookup. Simply pick the I/O you need and slide it into Power Core’s waiting expansion slots — it couldn’t be simpler.
- Desktop or flush-mount versions in 4, 8, 12 and 16 fader frame sizes, plus standalone 4 and 8 fader extenders and standalone Master Control module
- Multiple frames may be combined for systems up to 60 faders
- Single-frame or split-frame configurations
- Motorized 100 mm faders, touch-sensitive to allow instant override of pre-programmed levels
- TwinSnaps dual-purpose Snapshots with on-air + production modes and fader maps (supports up to 120 virtual faders)
- 5 Console Snapshots for custom fader layouts that can be recalled with a single button press
VisTool GUI Builder Software
- Intuitive graphical control surface information display with Clock, Timer, Metering and more
- Multi-touch support for integrated touchscreen control
- On-screen display of DSP parameters, loudness, signal levels and input states
- Control of Console Snapshots and personal Snapshots with User Rights-Management
- Remote Control of Ember+ enabled devices
- Display of websites and Lawo V__line Video Thumbnails
- TCP/IP control connection to PowerCore engine
- Min. PC requirements: Intel Core-i5 or higher (CPUBenchmark min. 1350 Points @ www.cpubenchmark.net/), 2GB RAM, Windows 7 or higher
- 96 Input channels, each with Input gain, signal presence indicator, direct out, Insert, fader, Aux send with Pre / Post switching, pan / balance, AutoGain for each mic input
- Equalizer with three fully-parametric bands plus semi-parametric bands that can also be shelving filters
- Dynamics suite with gate, expander, compressor, limiter
- DeEsser / AutoMix
- Sync delays of up to 340 ms. with switchable units (meters, milliseconds, frames)
- 80 summing busses configurable as Program, Record, Aux, Group, Mix-Minus (clean feed) and General Purpose buses
- Up to 16 stereo / 32 mono buses with EQ, Dynamics and Delay functions assignable to any bus; up to 5 PFL systems
- Channels and busses may be grouped into Stereo and 5.1 Surround bundles
Standard Audio Interfaces
- 4 MADI (each 64 channels I/O) with SFP cages (MADI ports 1 / 2 and 3 / 4 can be grouped as dual-redundant interfaces)
- 2 AES67 / RAVENNA (each 64 channels I/O) (Various redundancy schemes will be supported, including hitless merge following the definitions from SMPTE 2022-7)
Available I/O Expansion Modules
- 8 Mic / Line inputs
- 8 Mono / 4 Stereo Line input
- 8 Mono / 4 Stereo Line output
- 4 Stereo AES input + 4 AES output
- 2 Mic / Line + 1 Stereo Line output + 2 Stereo Headphone outputs
- 2 MADI (each 64 channels I/O )with SFP cages
- 8 GPIO (8 optocouplers, 8 silent CMOS relays)
- Wordclock input and internal generator with output
- Optional sync via MADI, PTP, or AES card inputs
- 48 kHz and 44.1 kHz
Subject to change without prior notice, no responsibility is taken for the correctness of the details provided.
Senior Product Manager Axel Kern explains the features AutoMix and AutoGain of the Lawo radio consoles. More