Lawo delivers a Kick for sports coverage
Seeking to ‘redefine sports audio production’, Lawo has introduced Kick – an automated control system for close-ball mixing. Based on patent-pending technology and intended for use with contemporary image analysis and tracking systems, it operates via a GUI from which operators can adjust parameters including the placement of microphones, polar patterns and mic prioritisation. The launch is at the head of a number of new arrivals including a plug-and-play Madi router, the Nova37, plus the A__digital8 and V__remote4 interfaces.
Users of Lawo’s mc2 consoles can adopt Kick as a software-only solution (requiring a host PC with Windows 7 or 8 and an HTML5 capable browser), while applications with other consoles can opt for a package including an mc² Micro Core hardware processing engine that connects via Madi and Ravenna/AES67. According to the manufacturer, the system then delivers ‘consistent audio levels without noticeable fades for inclusion in a broadcast mix’ and ‘a mix that is 100 per cent repeatable from match to match’.
Elsewhere, the Nova37 IP/Madi hybrid router is a plug-and-play solution intended to provide simple networking of mc²36 consoles and mc² stageboxes in live sound applications, installations and houses of worship.
The router supports a maximum of 1,536 x 1,536 cross-points using either Ravenna/AES67 or Madi, while network user rights are managed from the console’s touchscreen. Alongside presets for configuration, users can also customise the router for individual applications. Placement within an installation is aided by the unit’s noiseless operation. Physically, the router boasts eight Ravenna/AES67 ports (RJ45 or optical via SFP), eight Madi ports (optical via SFP) and redundant PSUs.
Continuing the IP theme, meanwhile, is the A__digital8, Lawo’s latest addition to its A__line range of audio over IP interfaces. It’s also joined by the A__madi4. Both devices are intended for use with the existing A__mic8 for the transport of analogue and digital audio over IP networks.
Based on Lawo’s own Ravenna protocol, the A__line range is compatible with AES67 and supported by the manufacturer’s VisCon__navigator set-up software. Physically, the A__digital8 offers eight AES3 inputs and four AES3 outputs, while the A__madi4 has four Madi interfaces. Both also have two Ravenna/AES67 Ethernet ports and eight GPIOs. Reportedly designed for high RF immunity, the units support audio operation at 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96kHz and require only a single cable for A__mic8 and A__digital8 PoE (Power-over-Ethernet), plus remote control via a single cable. Other features include a fan-free design and optional local PSU redundancy.
Finally, V__remote4 is intended as a ‘one-box solution’ for video and audio signal transportation and processing in WAN-based remote productions. The 1U interface reportedly allows ‘production-quality’ parallel encoding and decoding of up to four uncompressed, raw format video streams (SMPTE2022-6/-7 compliant) and four JPEG2000 video streams (VSF-TR01 compliant), plus parallel encoding of four MJPEG and two H.264 video streams for monitoring. Also supported is source-timed, frame-accurate switching of SMPTE2022-6 video, in combination with VSM control systems.
Other features include frame synchronisation for each channel, two surround-to-stereo downmixers per embedder, time-code and sync generation, and A/V sync measurement. The unit also manages time-code insertion and video ID generation for each channel, and audio and video delays for each channel. Dolby E Auto Aligner is onboard as are Quadsplit Multiviewer, waveform and vectorscope displays.
The V__remote4 is complemented with the V__view1 IP-to-HDMI interface, which converts IP-based MJPEG streams into HDMI signals for IP video monitoring. The same technology is available as a Java-based software application named V__view_app.