Taking inspiration from the touchscreens that consume daily life, Lawo has built a new mixing console aimed at radio broadcasters which blends physical faders and switches with multi-touch controls. Described as a ‘visual radio console’, the German manufacturer has named it Ruby.
‘With Ruby, operators can work the way they like: with touchscreen displays or physical controls,’ explained Stephan Türkay, Lawo senior product manager. ‘We provide a wide range of preconfigured screens or clients can craft their own custom screens with our GUI builder.’
The console features AES67 and MADI interfaces with eight expansion slots for the addition of mic, line, AES3 and studio I/Os. It reportedly enables operators to mix and route audio as they would with other onscreen studio tools and its soft controls are able to co-exist with other studio applications, including playout systems, phone queues and codecs. Available in configurations ranging from four to 60 faders, Ruby offers a choice of desktop or flush-mount frame styles.
Radio engineers should also note that Lawo has released an upgrade for it Relay virtual radio mixer software. The v126.96.36.199 update adds support for Unicast streaming, provides Windows 10 users with Microsoft network and WDM drivers and decreases the CPU load of host PCs via a series of program enhancements.