Lawo RELAY Virtual Radio Mixer software now available

Lawo’s RELAY Virtual Radio Mixer software is now available for shipping following its introduction earlier this year at NAB 2016.

RELAY is virtual mixing software that’s designed to make maximum use of today’s laptop and desktop PCs. Taking advantage of computer virtualisation technology adapted from the IT industry enables RELAY users to pack an entire studio’s worth of broadcast gear onto a single PC.

“You should have seen engineers’ eyes light up when they saw RELAY,” said Lawo radio marketing specialist Clark Novak. “The moment they realised that not just mixing, but other hardware like audio processors, phone systems, codecs and more could be replaced with software that all runs on a single PC, they began thinking of ways to simplify studios and cut costs using virtualisation. It wouldn’t surprise me if all radio studios were built this way one day.”

RELAY software lets engineers replace physical consoles, and entire racks of accessory gear, using a single desktop or laptop PC — apparently with significant cost savings. The software allows all mixing to be done natively on a standard Windows laptop or PC.

Its multi-touch interface gives users a familiar way to mix audio; behind the scenes, software apps from RELAY partners supply virtualised codecs, phone hybrids, audio processors, cross-point routers, streaming encoders and other broadcast tools that run entirely in software, interfacing with the mixer via standard WDM or ASIO interfaces.

RELAY is ideally suited for grab-and-go remote kits, field journalists, fast setup of on-location studios, webcasting, a replacement for ageing studio hardware, or as a permanent personal studio at home.

Bundles include RELAY VRX4 and VRX8 (4- and 8-fader mixer) software, paired with a compact Lawo OnAir 4 audio interface to supply mic, line, AES3 and Ravenna/AES67 I/O. A heavy-duty RELAY backback with space for a laptop and other on-air accessories like mics and headphones is also included.