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Big Fader Count, Small Footprint: Third-Generation Lawo mc²56 Production Console Intros Dual Fader Bay

Tue 16, 04 2019

At NAB, Lawo showcased a new option for their third-generation mc²56 audio production console: a dual-fader operating surface that increases fader count while keeping console size small.

With this new option, 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.

Known for its compact size, flexibility, and versatile design with capabilities drawn from Lawo’s flagship mc296, the 3rd generation mc²56 is optimized for today’s complex IP-video production environment. It features native support for SMPTE 2110, AES67 / RAVENNA, DANTE® and MADI audio streams. And because downtime isn’t an option, mc²56 has adopted the SMPTE 2022-7 standard for Seamless Protecting Switching (SPS), delivering dual-redundant IP-network links to its Nova73 routing engine.

The third-generation mc²56 is full of unique features, such as Lawo’s IP-Share Network Gain Compensation, which prevents unexpected gain changes during simultaneous use of up to eight networked consoles. Each of the console’s fader bays can either be equipped with the new dual-fader module or the standard fader module with an extended free control section giving direct access to as many as four global or individual parameter assignments on each channel strip. The mc²56’s color-coded Button-Glow controls, touch-sensitive encoders and color TFT displays provide clear color-coding of channel strips for enhanced visibility and fast access in low light.

Built-in loudness metering is standard, with full loudness control adhering to ITU 1770 (EBU/R128 or ATSC/A85) specifications. Peaks and loudness can be monitored together, or separately.
mc256 is perfect for broadcast applications, with multi-user operation, advanced mix assist systems (AutoMix, upmix, downmix and optional Lawo KICK), Audio-Follow-Video functionality, integrated 3D / immersive mixing tools and parallel compression.

For recording applications, mc256 provides dynamic time-code automation, Lawo-grade mic preamps and processing, DAW remote control and a customizable signal chain with four independent dynamic modules.

Features tailored to the performing arts include Selective Recall, Oversnaps (relative trim-sets), theater automation cue list including multiple triggers (MIDI, GPIO, LTC), Waves SoundGrid and Neumann DMI-8 digital microphone integration, and mirror-console operation.

Available in frames from 16 to 144 faders, mc²56 supports a massive 8,192 x 8,192 crosspoints, with up to 1,024 DSP channels, 192 summing buses and 128 Aux buses at 44.1 – 96kHz operation. With a 96 dual-fader surface suited to most OB vehicle dimensions, a 16-fader stand-alone extender may be added to an mc²56 for subsequent expansion. Comprehensive local I/O includes 16 Lawo-grade Mic/Line inputs, 16 Line outputs, eight AES3 inputs and outputs, eight GPIO, and a local MADI port (SFP).

For more information about Lawo’s award-winning series of mc² audio production consoles, visit

About Lawo

Lawo designs and manufactures pioneering network, control, audio and video technology for broadcast and post production, as well as live performance and theatrical applications. Products include control and monitoring systems, digital audio mixing consoles, routers, video processing tools as well as solutions for IP-based A/V infrastructures and routing systems. All products are developed in Germany and manufactured according to highest quality standards at the company’s headquarters in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany. For additional information, please visit


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