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Lawo cooks up remote audio mixing

Mix Kitchen is a long-term solution for when audio engineers can't be on site

Lawo has launched Mix Kitchen, a new remote audio solution which the company says can control a broadcaster’s Lawo audio production environment from just about anywhere.

Lawo’s mc²-series audio production consoles as well as its surface-less operations including mc² Micro Core can be controlled from any place in the world with a decent internet connection, according to the company, even by using a smartphone as a 4G personal hotspot.

Mix Kitchen includes a remote fader control using a Mackie® HUI-compatible fader panel. According to Lawo’s the solution only requires slight configuration adaptions (using supplied templates) to enable the Nova73 console core on the broadcaster’s premises to be remote controlled.

It also enables in-place access to any Mac– or Windows-based computer in the broadcaster’s data centre and can be complemented with an integrated vsmPanel providing full remote control over third-party broadcast studio devices. Mix Kitchen includes LiveView video monitoring capabilities in combination with Lawo’s IP video solutions.

Lawo said no additional hardware is required, instead off-the-shelf tools, a laptop and Lawo’s mxGUI software (included with all mc²-series mixers) allow the engineer in charge to take control of the Lawo hardware at the broadcast centre or hub.

Mix Kitchen only transports monitoring and control data, keeping mission-critical TX audio within the facility’s infrastructure and avoiding “bandwidth-guzzling multi-channel audio transport”, said Lawo.