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Lawo Announces New "Extra Faders" Surface Layout for mc²66 MKII Consoles

Additional faders for center control section and Reveal Fader Panel for intuitive surround mixing

Lawo is pleased to announce “Extra Faders” — the availability of a new surface layout for the mc²66 MKII production console. Responding to requests from British and American sound engineers for a surface arrangement that provides more faders and less buttons close to the console’s armrest, the new Extra Faders layout brings enhanced capabilities to the Central Control section of the mc²66 MKII while also providing improved surround sound mixing capabilities.

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With the new Extra Faders option, the Screen Control Module in the mc²66 MKII’s Central Control section is replaced by the “Short Fader Control” panel. In addition to the control elements commonly associated with this section, the new surface layout incorporates 8 additional faders. This new arrangement provides more faders in the first row and less administrative buttons—facilitating greater control over crucial mix elements assigned to this area. The Extra Faders layout also provides a new user panel—identified as Screen Control—that provides for a variety of essential functions requiring dedicated hardware buttons. This panel contains the Screen Control buttons, Panning Joystick, Bus Assignment, ISO buttons, as well as 12 User Buttons, to equip the console with individual options from the “Custom Functions” page. The Screen Control User panel can be placed freely at all User Panel positions.

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For mc²66 MKII consoles equipped with the new Extra Faders option, the Short Fader Control panel and the Screen Control User panel interact closely with a new Monitoring Touch GUI (graphical user interface) page. Via this interface, all functions typically associated with preparatory tasks (e. g. Strip Assignment etc.) are managed.

In addition to the control surface variations found with the mc²66 MKII’s Extra Faders option, there is also the inclusion of the dedicated Reveal Fader user panel. The new Reveal Fader panel provides direct access to the individual components of the surround package; enabling one, for example, to directly control fader levels or access the individual DSP elements for the surround channels. The Reveal Fader panel can be integrated at any of the three user panel locations and is designed for the unfolding of surround channels at a dedicated position.

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Herbert Lemcke, President of Lawo North America, commented on the mc²66 MKII’s optional Extra Faders package. “The new Extra Faders option addresses a variety of requests that we’ve received from sound engineers,” notes Lemcke. “By adding more faders to the console’s Central Control section, while also improving the system’s surround sound mixing capabilities, we have demonstrated Lawo’s commitment to listening carefully to our customers while also providing world-class, customizable solutions for the most demanding mixing projects. I’m confident many audio professionals will find Extra Faders a compelling option.”

Lawo will be presenting the Extra Faders layout for the first time at the NAB in Las Vegas on booth C2628 in the Central Hall.

About Lawo AG

Lawo, headquartered in Rastatt/Germany, specialises in developing, designing and manufacturing mixing consoles and matrix systems for radio and TV broadcasters, as well as for use in live events. Standards of high quality and innovative technology are supported by more than 40 years of experience in the field of professional audio technology.Lawo’s product range covers digital audio mixing consoles for use in radio, broadcast, production and live applications, including the required software. In addition to the provision of matrix systems and audio networks, Lawo also carries out project engineering tasks and acts as a main contractor for radio OB trucks; these services include user training and maintenance. This high level of expertise results in a comprehensive support service for Lawo customers.

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