sapphire

A step ahead

As powerful and attractive as never before. With the sapphire, a mixing console has become available that combines the best of both worlds. Our latest console for radio broadcast is not limited to proven cutting-edge technology but also offers an eye-catching new design.

The advantage: while technicians will be convinced by the possibility of various upgrades, maximum flexibility and sophisticated functionality, radio broadcasters will be continually impressed by the modern, clearly laid out control surface, which makes working with the new sapphire fun. In addition, the sapphire offers everything expected from a powerful mixing console: top quality, intuitive user guidance and clever solutions, all of which guarantee even greater working efficiency.

Modular technology - Today’s intelligent solution.

Your individual requirements will determine which sapphire configuration is the right one for you. All you need to start broadcasting is a central module, a channel module and a couple of interfaces. However, the sapphire is also able to meet more demanding needs — with the addition of more channel modules, a sapphire can be transformed into a true production mixing console, placing a  total of 60 faders at your finger tips. 

But potential configurations go beyond the console’s surface. A specific example: Level and control options are displayed directly above the respective channel in the overbridge, offering more ease of use and the best possible workflow in daily productions.

Specifications

Control Panel

  • Available as desk top or integrated version
  • Up to 60 motorised 100 mm faders
  • Operation possible with multiple operating layers (multi-layer, up to 120 virtual faders)
  • Panel version with rotary and key extensions available as upgrade
  • Optional visual extension with multitouch function to display channel levels and operation modules

System core

  • Modular plug-in card system based on the DALLIS I/O system
  • Central motherboard with integrated control system and signal processing (redundantly designed as an option)
  • Integrated matrix with up to 512 inputs and outputs (non-blocking, 384 MADI + 128 DALLIS I/O slots)
  • PC-independent and fan-free operation
  • Optional redundant power supply

Signal Processing

  • Integrated routing matrix, 768x768 crosspoints, non-blocking, transparent routing
  • 96 mono DSP input channels (stereo, surround or simulcast coupling possible) with input gain, panpot / balance, direct out and insert
  • 128 DSP modules ( 96 on input channels, 32 on sums, coupling possible like input channels)

    • EQ (3 fully parametric bands and 2 filters)
    • Dynamic units (gate , expander and compressor)
    • Limiter
    • Delay (up to 340 ms with switchable units: metres, ms or frames

  • 80 mono summing busses (stereo or 5.1 coupling possible)
  • 500 metres (mono, stereo and surround coupling possible) with loudness function on sums and channels
  • 64 mini-mixers
  • 32 DeEssers (mono)
  • Integrated Intercom matrix with up to 64 talkback stations

Interfaces

  • Analog Mic / Line (transformer or el. balanced)
  • Headset (incl. VCA interface)
  • AES / EBU (AES3) with and without sampling rate converter (SRC)
  • ADAT® (ADAT® is a registered trademark of Alesis, LLC and is used here under license.)
  • 3G / HD / SD SDI (embedded audio)
  • Serial data transfer (RS232, RS422, MIDI)
  • GPIO (OC, Relay, VCA)
  • 2 or 6 MADI ports on the masterboard
  • IP codec
  • RAVENNA Audio-over-IP option

Synchronisation

  • Wordclock input and internal generator
  • Optional via MADI
  • Supported sample rates 48 kHz and 44.1 kHz

Control

  • Up to 5 PFL busses
  • Surround sources (5.1 or 5.1+2) and busses (5.1)
  • Integrated mix-minus /conference logic
  • Freely programmable logic core (redlight, faderstart, program switch, TB integration, etc.)
  • IP-based and serial interface for interaction with radio automation systems (“sapphire” operating mode)
  • IP-based and serial interface for matrix control ("Nova17" operating mode)
  • Controller and Routing matrix optionally redundant
  • Ember+ interface for integration with master control systems
  • Optional MIDI interface for interaction with audio workstations (HUI protocol e. g. for ProTools™)
  • Remote control of external Lawo matrices possible (e. g. source selection)
  • Optional control via touch screen (VisTool)
  • Optional graphic matrix control (NovaConnect)

Configuration and Maintenance

  • Software for system configuration and logic programming
  • Remote control of nearly all console functions with the help of VisTool, also via VPN
  • Integrated web server for system diagnosis
  • Dedicated SW tool for performing software updates
  • Remote maintenance via IP

Subject to change without prior notice, no responsibility is taken for the correctness of the details provided.

Training dates

Special Features


Senior Product Manager Axel Kern explains the features AutoMix and AutoGain of the Lawo sapphire radio console.  More