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The mysterious d’21 event is no longer mysterious — on Nov. 16, Lawo unveiled its all-new diamond broadcast console for radio and TV applications. This IP-native mixing system is based on the open AES67/Ravenna audio-over-IP networking standards. It also complies with ST2110-30/-31 and ST2022-7. Powered by the Lawo Power Core Engine, diamond provides expandable I/O, accommodating AES67, MADI, analog, AES3 and Dante audio sources and destinations.
Modular by design, diamond is available in configurations from two to 60 physical faders, either as a desktop or flush-mounted build. Fader-adjacent color displays provide extended source information, and two fader layers allow operators to switch between multiple tasks instantly. Lawo says that the silent, motorized faders and precise encoders inherited from its mc² audio production consoles permit flawless integration with program automation and playout systems. This makes the diamond suited to multiple-layer operations involving voice tracking, remote production or DAW control. Programmable, color-coded LED button and encoder lighting highlights common control functions.
diamond is the first Lawo console for radio applications to feature Lawo’s Unified Experience user interface — a consistent interface across the entire Lawo product portfolio.
Because diamond is a completely modular production system, broadcasters can precisely build the console they envision, tailored to their specific requirements and workflows. Several module types are available for customer-specific arrangements of hardware controls and sections.
The console also employs smart algorithms that speed up production workflows. The AutoMix function automatically maintains the balance of multi-mic productions, and AutoGain, an automatic gain-setting function, optimizes guest and host mic levels with a single button press.
A rights-management system gives engineers the power to tailor access to console features based on multiple user groups or a user-by-user basis.
“With diamond, Lawo is making a bold statement regarding the radio landscape of the future,” said Johan Boqvist, Lawo’s senior product manager of radio. “In addition to being entirely user-configurable and flexible with respect to fader count, diamond sets a new standard for hardware and software integration on a true, native IP platform.”
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