Lawo updates radio consoles

Lawo’s Sapphire and Crystal radio on-air consoles have been given a boost with the company’s latest software release.

Version 4.2 now enables loudness metering for both consoles, delivering metering data on the main meters that can be based on mono, stereo, 5.1, and 5.1+2 signals.

In addition, the Sapphire can display loudness metering for all input channels. In this case, the metering is working in parallel to the channels’ regular PPMs using metering elements in Lawo’s VisTool touch-screen software. Users can select Momentary, Short Term or Integrated mode for measurement. The update also includes a graphical fader element, which has been implemented in VisTool to enable fader value control directly by using the GUI.

Along with the new metering options, version 4.2 allows these consoles to act as Ember+ providers and consumers. As a provider, a console feeds channel parameters via the Ember+ protocol to 3rd party control systems to enable remote control from external. Ember+ is an openly available control protocol to be used on a wide range of hardware platforms, from basic micro controllers all the way up to powerful PCs.