The All in One Production Console
With experience gathered over more than 40 years, Lawo is distinguished by its engineering and manufacturing of most reliable and most advanced audio mixing consoles available. Originally developed for broadcast environments with zero tolerance for failure, Lawo consoles are also widely chosen for their audio quality in theater, studio and live performance applications.
Easy - versatile - reliable. The mc236 is the German company's first all-in-one console, designed for maximum ease-of-use and “unbelievable” value-for-money, to make the benefit of this expertise available for an even broader group of users. The compact size, in-built DSP and I/0 make the console equally perfect for permanent installations with limited space and rental companies' transportation demands.
Lawo quality - audio uncompromised
Like all Lawo consoles, the mc236 is a precision tool designed to give uncompromised audio quality and maximum reliability. Beyond the feature set of a fully equipped audio console, the mc236 provides additional Lawo-specific features that improve the workflows and quality of any broadcast, theater production or live performance.
Lawo openness - future-proof by definition
While the mc236 comes fully prepared for stand-alone operation, it is also equipped for expansion and networking with other mc236/56/66 consoles or Lawo Nova audio routers. A MADI tie-line port and three RAVENNA/AES67 Audio-over-IP ports provide future-proof connectivity for additional I/0 devices and networking.
Lawo flexibility - truly universal
And even though the mc236 is ready-to-go, it is not limited to a fixed configuration. Any aspect of the console can be adapted to meet specific users' needs. All production data can be easily saved on a USB-stick and transferred to another console – particularly convenient for rental applications.
A perfect symphony of hardware & software controlsThe Lawo mc236 was designed as a truly universal console with focus on its ease-of-use. The pleasing console geometry combines with perfectly integrated displays and controls, toprovide an ideal tool for various applications. The 21.5" full HD touch-screens work hand-in-hand with the touch-sensitive color-illuminated rotary encoders. E.g. the equalizer window will automatically pop-up when touching the equalizer encoders - and after adjusting the parameters the auto-close function will close the window without additional user action to restore the full overview.
The physical user interface
The Lawo mc236 has a newly designed console Iayout. While looking familiar to existing mc² users, the console is now even more intuitive to novice users. lts new central user section is extremely compact and combines easy access to all parameters with an enhanced overview.
The touch-screen user interface
Super-bright 21.5" HD touch-screens provide excellent overview of all aspects of the console, and allow immediate operation via touch-optimized dialog windows. For input patching, it is only necessary to touch the input section of the desired fader strip and select the source directly on the screen. Tasks such as VCA allocation, bus or aux assignments and mix-minus configurations are also performed intuitively via the touch-screen. Again, the console can be readily adapted to user's requirements by adjusting the channel display accordingly - just choose and display those parameters that are important and hide any unnecessary or distracting elements. For example, you could de-select the track buses or show 16 instead of eight aux buses. The metering automatically scales to the maximum available space, showing all fader Ievels permanently on the HD display. ln addition, multi-row metering allows for permanent metering of signals from other layers or banks.
The mc236 is a universal console, providing a comprehensive feature set for broadcast, theater, house of worship, live and install applications. To make this possible, Lawo has optimized its features to provide benefits not only for one application, but for all. The one common factor is that everything is optimized for fast-paced operation in demanding environments..
With its all-in-one approach, the compact mc²36 is especially attractive for mobile productions and rental companies: Only one flightcase is required for console, DSP core and I/0. ln addition to the German quality chassis and electronics, the mc236 can be ordered in a heavy-duty flightcase version ready for the road. But its not just the hardware factors that make the mc236 a perfect choice for rental companies – features like saving and loading configurations and show files easily via USB sticks are especially valuable in the rental and touring business, where several consoles and users might be involved.
Lawo sound has never been this affordable - Lawo consoles have been synonymous with excellence in audio quality for more than 40 years – and the mc236 is no exception. From input to output, from its microphone preamps to its DSP processing algorithms, this console is a precision tool for any audio production, providing a Ievel of sound quality never before achieved in this price segment.
The Lawo mc236 features integrated input and output connectivity to meet for a broad range of broadcast and install applications, as well as FOH and monitoring. The 32 Lawo microphone preamps are identical with those found on Lawo's renowned 941/55 microphone card for DALLIS systems, providing an extremely linear frequency response of only 0.03dB between 20Hz and 20kHz and an unbelievably low THD of 0.0006%.
ln addition to the onboard inputs and outputs, a MADI tie-line connection and three RAVENNA/AES67 Audio-over-IP ports provide future-proof connectivity for up to 384 external inputs and outputs, resulting in a total capacity of 496 physical inputs and outputs. The mc236 is fully prepared for intelligent networking with other mc236/56/66 consoles. lt can also be operated in combination with Lawo Nova audio routers, giving instant access to thousands of audio channels. Lawo mc2 consoles provide intelligent mechanisms, including user-right management to allow input sharing between several consoles.
The mc2 Compact I/O is a convenient and cost-efficient way to expand the mc236's connectivity and to provide a distant stagebox solution in addition to the Onboard I/O. Connected via CAT5 or fiber (optional), the ruggedised 5RU stagebox provides 32 Mic/Line inputs, 32 Line outputs, 8 digital AES3 inputs, 8 digital AES3 outputs, 8 GPIO and a MADI (SFP) port. The mc236 allows for connecting up to three mc2 Compact I/O.
The Lawo mc236 features a new, integrated DSP micro-core with an internal 512x512 port audio matrix. lt is super-compact and optimized for low power consumption using inaudible,low-spinning fans for cooling. This is especially important in environments such as concert halls, where fan noise is obtrusive. To provide maximum reliability, the mc236 is not only equipped with redundant power-supplies but also redundant DSP cards - unprecedented at this price point. The DSP resources are fully flexible and can be allocated according to application. Depending on the selected DSP mode, the processing capacity ranges from 48 DSP channels (Recording Mode, providing 96kHz*/48kHz with DSP redundancy) to 192 DSP channels (Broadcast Mode, at 48kHz without DSP redundancy). Independent from the selected DSP mode, the engines provide completely independent algorithms at all time, with no compromise in quality even when all channels are in use. With internal headroom of >1OOOdB and Lawo algorithms, the audio quality of further processing is guaranteed throughout the signal chain.As a result, the DSP flexibility and internal audio quality make the console truly universal: set it up to record a symphonic orchestra one day, and run a TV production the next.