Image of the Extra Fader Control Surface.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada / Rastatt, Germany â€“ March 28, 2011â€¦ Lawo, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of digital audio networking and console systems for production, post production, broadcast, and related applications, is pleased to announce Extra Fadersâ€”the availability of a new surface layout for the mcÂ²66 MKII production console. Responding to requests from British and American sound engineers for a surface arrangement that provides more faders and less buttons close to the consoleâ€™s armrest, the new Extra Faders layout brings enhanced capabilities to the Central Control section of the mcÂ²66 MKII while also providing improved surround sound mixing capabilities.
With the new Extra Faders option, the Screen Control Module in the mcÂ²66 MKIIâ€™s Central Control section is replaced by the â€œShort Fader Controlâ€? panel. In addition to the control elements commonly associated with this section, the new surface layout incorporates 8 additional faders. This new arrangement provides more faders in the first row and less administrative buttonsâ€”facilitating greater control over crucial mix elements assigned to this area. The Extra Faders layout also provides a new user panelâ€”identified as Screen Controlâ€”that provides for a variety of essential functions requiring dedicated hardware buttons. This panel contains the Screen Control buttons, Panning Joystick, Bus Assignment, ISO buttons, as well as 12 User Buttons, to equip the console with individual options from the â€œCustom Functionsâ€? page. The Screen Control User panel can be placed freely at all User Panel positions.
For mcÂ²66 MKII consoles equipped with the new Extra Faders option, the Short Fader Control panel and the Screen Control User panel interact closely with a new Monitoring Touch GUI (graphical user interface) page. Via this interface, all functions typically associated with preparatory tasks (e. g. Strip Assignment etc.) are managed.
In addition to the control surface variations found with the mcÂ²66 MKIIâ€™s Extra Faders option, there is also the inclusion of the dedicated Reveal Fader user panel. The new Reveal Fader panel provides direct access to the individual components of the surround package; enabling one, for example, to directly control fader levels or access the individual DSP elements for the surround channels. The Reveal Fader panel can be integrated at any of the three user panel locations and is designed for the unfolding of surround channels at a dedicated position.
Herbert Lemcke, President of Lawo North America, commented on the mcÂ²66 MKIIâ€™s optional Extra Faders package. â€œThe new Extra Faders option addresses a variety of requests that weâ€™ve received from sound engineers,â€? notes Lemcke. â€œBy adding more faders to the consoleâ€™s Central Control section, while also improving the systemâ€™s surround sound mixing capabilities, we have demonstrated Lawoâ€™s commitment to listening carefully to our customers while also providing world-class, customizable solutions for the most demanding mixing projects. Iâ€™m confident many audio professionals will find Extra Faders a compelling option.â€?
For pricing and availability of Lawoâ€™s new Extra Faders option for the mcÂ²66 MKII console, please contact your Lawo dealer.
Lawo is a manufacturer of digital audio networking systems and consoles for a wide range of applications from small to large scale audio production in television and radio, post production, and live sound. Established in the 1970s, the companyâ€™s manufacturing center is located in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany. For additional information on all Lawo products, visit the company online at www.lawo.ca.