The Lawo/Optocore team is pictured at the recent Prolight+Sound 2010 trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. From left: Christian Struck (Lawo’s junior product manager for the mc² Series), Michael Case (Optocore’s international sales manager), Stefan Elbert (Lawo sales manager) and Christian Pötsch (Optocore support engineer.
Lawo, manufacturer of mixing consoles and routing systems based in Rastatt, Germany, and Optocore, a provider of synchronous audio networks based in Munich, Germany, announce that they are planning closer cooperation in the future following the successful completion of their first project in Salzburg, Austria.
For this project, Optocore developed a “Lawo Emulation Mode” (LEM), which enables a Lawo console to communicate with Optocore I/O units. These are mainly used in the fields of sound reinforcement, fixed installations and broadcast. This new development enables the Lawo console to receive audio signals and control Optocore preamps.
The installation of a Lawo mc²66 console, and its accompanying transition from analog to digital mixing console technology, was the focus of modernization at Mozarteum University last year. This will enable faster workflow and digital networking of the complete building. “The mc²66 is a reliable console and provides excellent audio quality. Its success in radio stations, theatres, and concert houses certainly tipped the balance in favor of Lawo,” explains Dipl. Ing. Peter Schmidt, head of the audio and video technology department at the university, when asked what made them choose Lawo.
Mozarteum University already had an Optocore installation for the transfer of control data and audio and video signals. The installation is used for tapping signals from the various concert halls and studios in the university, and mixing them in the studio control room. Following a proposal from the university, the companies commenced work on a solution to enable communication between the Lawo console and the Optocore network. The console now controls 96 Optocore Mic/Line inputs and 96 Line outputs that are distributed throughout the building. Selection of which of the 200 available mic/line preamps are controlled can be modified on demand in groups of eight.
The collaboration in this initial project included implementation of the control protocol used by Lawo’s DALLIS stage boxes. Based on this, the LEM (Lawo Emulation Mode) was created. The companies state that following a successful start, further cooperation between Lawo and Optocore is planned.