sapphire

A step ahead

As powerful and attractive as never before. With the sapphire, a mixing console has become available that combines the best of both worlds. Our latest console for radio broadcast is not limited to proven cutting-edge technology but also offers an eye-catching new design.

The advantage: while technicians will be convinced by the possibility of various upgrades, maximum flexibility and sophisticated functionality, radio broadcasters will be continually impressed by the modern, clearly laid out control surface, which makes working with the new sapphire fun. In addition, the sapphire offers everything expected from a powerful mixing console: top quality, intuitive user guidance and clever solutions, all of which guarantee even greater working efficiency.

Modular technology - Today’s intelligent solution.

Your individual requirements will determine which sapphire configuration is the right one for you. All you need to start broadcasting is a central module, a channel module and a couple of interfaces. However, the sapphire is also able to meet more demanding needs — with the addition of more channel modules, a sapphire can be transformed into a true production mixing console, placing a  total of 60 faders at your finger tips. 

But potential configurations go beyond the console’s surface. A specific example: Level and control options are displayed directly above the respective channel in the overbridge, offering more ease of use and the best possible workflow in daily productions.

Reference List sapphire

References sapphire  - As of March 2015

Client  Product/Location   Installation
Antenne Vorarlberg
A - Schwarzach
2 x sapphire
Main contractor (MC): SLG Broadcast
2012
Arc FM
CH - Delémont
1 x sapphire
MC: SLG Broadcast
2011
ARD/ZDF Medienakademie
DE - Nuremberg
1 x sapphire
2014
Audio Broadcast Services
DE - Rastatt
4 x sapphire
2011
BR, Bayerischer Rundfunk
DE - Nuremberg
1 x sapphire
1 x sapphire
2011
2012
BR, Bayerischer Rundfunk
DE - Munich
1 x sapphire (pool equipment for Sotschi)
3 x sapphire
2012
2014
beIN Sport Studio (Al Jazeera Sports
FR - Paris
2 x sapphire
MC: Unitecnic
2013
BETV
BE - Brussels
1 x sapphire
MC: Amptec
2011
Bulgaria National Radio
BG - Sofia
8 x sapphire
MC: Techno Ltd.
2013
CPR Technicolor
NL - Hilversum
1 x sapphire
MC: Amptec
2012
College radio
DE - Aachen
1 x sapphire
2013
Cooperativa Chilena
CL - Santiago de Chile
2 x sapphire
2014
CTV
CA - Calgary
1 x sapphire
MC: Lawo North America
2012
CTV
CA - Calgary
1 x sapphire
MC: Lawo North America
2012
CTV
CA - Montreal
6 x sapphire
MC: Lawo North America
2012
Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv
DE - Frankfurt
2 x sapphire
2014
EC Consilium
BE - Brussels
1 x sapphire
MC: Amptec
2013
ERF Medien Schweiz
CH - Pfäffikon
1 x sapphire
MC: SLG Broadcast
2013
FOX International Channels
TW - Taipei
1 x sapphire
MC: Satellite Television
2012
1 x sapphire
2013
FOX International Channels
JP - Japan
1 x sapphire
MC: Satellite Television
2013
Global Radio
UK - Birmingham
Capital 102.2
3 x sapphire
2013
Global Radio
UK - Birmingham
Capital 102.2
3 x sapphire
2013
Global Radio
UK - Leeds
3 x sapphire
2013
Global Radio
UK - Yorkshire
2 x sapphire
2013
Google Remote London
US - Poway (San Diego)
1 x sapphire
MC: Lawo North America
2012
Google / CBT Systems
US - Playa Vista, California
YouTube Space LA
3 x sapphire
MC: Lawo North America
2012
Google  TV Tokyo/CBT Systems
US - Playa Vista, California
1 x sapphire
MC: Lawo North America
2012
Grupo RPP
PE - Lima
RPP Arequipa, RPP Lima
2 x sapphire
2013
Hefei Radio
CN - Hefei
Radio station
1 x sapphire
MC: Infomedia
2011
Henan Radio
CN - Henan
1 x sapphire
MC: Hong Kong Power
2014
KBC Radio
Japan
1 x sapphire
MC: Otaritec
2014
Kitanihon Broadcasting Co. Ltd
JP - Toyama
Radio station
1 x sapphire
MC: Otaritec
2011
Life Radio Tirol
DE - Innsbruck
2 x sapphire
MC: SLG Broadcast
2014
Lithuanian National Radio and Television
LT - Vilnius
1 x sapphire
MC: UAB
2012
Mathrubumi Ptg. & Pbg Co Ltd.
IN - Trivandrum
3 x sapphire
MC: Cineom
2012
mbc, Middle East Broadcasting Center
AE - Dubai
4 x sapphire
2013
MBC
KR - Seoul
MBC Sang AM studio
6 x sapphire
MC: Soundfox
2013
MDR, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
DE - Erfurt
Renewal of radio studios
3 x sapphire
MC: MCI
2013
Mediatechnology
Russia
Channel 1
1 x sapphire
MC: Starline
2013
Moscow Television TTC
RU - Moscow
2 x sapphire
MC: Starline
2013
NDR, Norddeutscher Rundfunk
DE - Hanover
Radio OB van Ü42
1 x sapphire
MC: VTS
2014
NATV, National Assembly TV
Korea
1 x sapphire
MC: Soundfox
2013
1 x sapphire
MC: Soundfox
2014
Nelonen
FI - Helsinki
1 x sapphire
MC: TV Tools Oy
2012
NPR, National Public Radio
US - Washington
1 x sapphire
MC: Lawo North America
2012
New building: studios 31,32, 42
Program organization center
3 x sapphire
MC: Lawo North America
2012
Okno Astrakchanj24
RU - Astrachan
1 x sapphire
MC:  Starline
2014
Onside TV Productions
SE - Solna
National Football Arena
3 x sapphire
MC:  Danmon Svenska AB
2012
ORF, Austrian Broadcasting Corp.
AT - Vienna

Cutting van
1 x sapphire
MC: BFE
2011
Otaritec
JP - Tokio
1 x sapphire
2012
OTK Omsk
RU - Omsk
2 x sapphire
MC: Starline
2014
Parliament of Singapore
SG - Singapore
1 x sapphire
MC: Broadcast Communic.
2012
Phoenix TV
China
3 x sapphire
MC: NDT Hong Kong
2014
Qingdao TV
CN - Qingdao
2 x sapphire
MC: NDT
2012
TV studio 5
1 x sapphire
MC: NDT
2012
1 x sapphire
MC: NDT
2014
Radio 24
CH - Zürich
2 x sapphire
MC: SLG Broadcast
2013
Radio 32 AG
CH - Solothurn
3 x sapphire
MC: SLG Broadcast
2011
Radio Bremen
DE - Bremen
1 x sapphire
MC: Davis
2013
Radio Life Channel
CH - Pfäffikon
1 x sapphire
MC: SLG Broadcast
2011
Radio Fribourg
CH - Fribourg
1 x sapphire
MC: SLG Broadcast
2011
Radio Gong
DE - Munich
1 x sapphire
MC: SLG Broadcast
2013
Radio Horeb
DE - Balderschwang
1 x sapphire
MC: SLG Broadcast
2014
Radio mir
BA - Medjuogorje
1 x sapphire
MC: DICROIC d.o.o.
2012
Radio NRW
DE - Oberhausen
Studio 4
1 x sapphire
2012
1 x sapphire
2013
Radio PIK
PL - Warsaw
1 x sapphire
MC: ZEP
2012
Radio Televisyen Malaysia
MA - Ipoh
2 x sapphire
MC: Broadcast Communic.
2012
Radio Tunis
TN - Gafsa
1 x sapphire
MC: PAL
2011
Radio Le Kef
TN - Le Kef

1 x sapphire
MC: PAL
2011
Radio Sfax
TN - Sfax

1 x sapphire
MC: PAL
2011
Radio Televizija Republike Srpske
BA - Banja Luka
3 x sapphire
MC: BFE Austria
2012
RBS Florianópolis
BR - Florianópolis
News studio
1 x sapphire
MC: LineUp
2012
REN TV
RU - Moscow
1 x sapphire
MC: Starline
2012
Rhône FM
CH - Sion
Studio 1 + 2
2 x sapphire
MC: SLG Broadcast
2012
RKK Radio
JP - Kumamoto
1 x sapphire
MC: Otaritec
2013
RTM, Radio Televisyen Malaysia
MY - Ipoh
2 x sapphire
MC: Broadcast Communic.
2012
RTM Iptar
1 x sapphire
MC: Broadcast Communic.
2014
Russian Academy of Sciences
RU - Moscow
2 x sapphire
MC: Glosun
2013
RÚV
IS-Reykjavik
1 x sapphire
2010
SABC, South African Broadcasting Corp.
ZA - Polokwane
10 x sapphire
MC: B&I
2012
SBS Australia
AU - Melbourne
2 OB vans for
Melbourne & Sydney
2 x sapphire
MC: PAT
2013
Shanghai Media Group
CN - Shanghai
1 x sapphire
MC: NDT
2012
Sharjah Radio
UAE - Sharjah
2 x sapphire
MC: BFE
2013
Shuozhou Radio
CN - Shuozhou
2 x sapphire
MC: Hong Kong Power
2014
Sport TV
PT - Lisbon
1 x sapphire
MC: Avangarde
2011
Sveriges Television
SE - Stockholm

1 x sapphire
2014
SWR, Südwestrundfunk
DE - Stuttgart
TV OB van FÜ3
1 x sapphire
2012

TV OB van FÜ6
1 x sapphire
2012
Telebärn
CH - Bern
1 x sapphire
MC: SLG Broadcast
2012
Thaizhou Radio
CN - Thaizhou
4 x sapphire
MC: Hong Kong Power
2014
TSN Radio
CA - Toronto
1 x sapphire
MC: Lawo North America
2011
TV Chosun
KR - Chosun
1 x sapphire
MC: Soundfox
2012
TV Ostschweiz
CH - St. Gallen
1 x sapphire
MC: SLG Broadcast
2012
TVS China
China
1 x sapphire
MC: NDT
2013
University
DE - Erlangen
Audio laboratory Starwood
1 x sapphire
MC: Musikhaus Thomann
2012
University of Music
DE - Karlsruhe
1 x sapphire
MC: SLG Broadcast
2013
VGTRK Russia
RU - Moscow
2 x sapphire
MC: Starline
2013
WDR, Westdeutscher Rundfunk
DE - Cologne
3 x sapphire
1 x sapphire (OB van)
2012
2012
WDR4, Dortmund
4 x sapphire
2013
Phoenix, Produktionsstudios, Berlin
1 x sapphire
2013
6 x sapphire
2013
2 x sapphire (1 x for OB van 14)
2014
WDR 2 Arkaden
7 x sapphire
2014
Wenzhou Radio
CN - Wenzhou
4 x sapphire
MC: Hong Kong Power
2013
YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Corp.
FI - Helsinki
HDTV OB van
1 x sapphire
MC: Sony
2011


MCR
1 x sapphire
MC: Qualitron
2011
Media van no. 1
1 x sapphire
MC: Qualitron
2013
Zhongshan Radio
CN - Guangdong/Zhongshan
1 x sapphire
MC: Hong Kong Power
2012

Specifications

Control Panel

  • Available as desk top or integrated version
  • Up to 60 motorised 100 mm faders
  • Operation possible with multiple operating layers (multi-layer, up to 120 virtual faders)
  • Panel version with rotary and key extensions available as upgrade
  • Optional visual extension with multitouch function to display channel levels and operation modules

System core

  • Modular plug-in card system based on the DALLIS I/O system
  • Central motherboard with integrated control system and signal processing (redundantly designed as an option)
  • Integrated matrix with up to 512 inputs and outputs (non-blocking, 384 MADI + 128 DALLIS I/O slots)
  • PC-independent and fan-free operation
  • Optional redundant power supply

Signal Processing

  • Integrated routing matrix, 768x768 crosspoints, non-blocking, transparent routing
  • 96 mono DSP input channels (stereo, surround or simulcast coupling possible) with input gain, panpot / balance, direct out and insert
  • 128 DSP modules ( 96 on input channels, 32 on sums, coupling possible like input channels)

    • EQ (3 fully parametric bands and 2 filters)
    • Dynamic units (gate , expander and compressor)
    • Limiter
    • Delay (up to 340 ms with switchable units: metres, ms or frames

  • 80 mono summing busses (stereo or 5.1 coupling possible)
  • 500 metres (mono, stereo and surround coupling possible) with loudness function on sums and channels
  • 64 mini-mixers
  • 32 DeEssers (mono)
  • Integrated Intercom matrix with up to 64 talkback stations

Interfaces

  • Analog Mic / Line (transformer or el. balanced)
  • Headset (incl. VCA interface)
  • AES / EBU (AES3) with and without sampling rate converter (SRC)
  • ADAT® (ADAT® is a registered trademark of Alesis, LLC and is used here under license.)
  • 3G / HD / SD SDI (embedded audio)
  • Serial data transfer (RS232, RS422, MIDI)
  • GPIO (OC, Relay, VCA)
  • 2 or 6 MADI ports on the masterboard
  • IP codec
  • RAVENNA Audio-over-IP option

Synchronisation

  • Wordclock input and internal generator
  • Optional via MADI
  • Supported sample rates 48 kHz and 44.1 kHz

Control

  • Up to 5 PFL busses
  • Surround sources (5.1 or 5.1+2) and busses (5.1)
  • Integrated mix-minus /conference logic
  • Freely programmable logic core (redlight, faderstart, program switch, TB integration, etc.)
  • IP-based and serial interface for interaction with radio automation systems (“sapphire” operating mode)
  • IP-based and serial interface for matrix control ("Nova17" operating mode)
  • Controller and Routing matrix optionally redundant
  • Ember+ interface for integration with master control systems
  • Optional MIDI interface for interaction with audio workstations (HUI protocol e. g. for ProTools™)
  • Remote control of external Lawo matrices possible (e. g. source selection)
  • Optional control via touch screen (VisTool)
  • Optional graphic matrix control (NovaConnect)

Configuration and Maintenance

  • Software for system configuration and logic programming
  • Remote control of nearly all console functions with the help of VisTool, also via VPN
  • Integrated web server for system diagnosis
  • Dedicated SW tool for performing software updates
  • Remote maintenance via IP

Subject to change without prior notice, no responsibility is taken for the correctness of the details provided.

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