Lawo’s Version 4 software for mc² series production consoles will soon be available. The new V4 operating system software introduces several advancements designed to streamline workflow, including a completely new surround channel, hyperpanning, a newly designed VCA, and an entirely new graphical engine with upgraded mouse control.
With V4 software’s new surround channel, all surround signals up to 7.1 can be controlled from a single fader linked to all parameters. Individual channels within the mix can be adjusted using the Reveal function to temporarily expose the slaves at a defined area on the surface. Aux buses can also be set to surround and aux panning can now follow main panning.
The Hyperpanning feature is designed to make panning easier when working in surround. Four new panning parameters provide for intuitive and comprehensive control of mono, stereo and surround sources when mixing in a surround target format. Hyperpanning is always used with surround bundles so that all channels of the bundle can be manipulated with a single encoder.
Visually, the new V4 software is vastly improved. Screens are easier to read, and more information is readily available thanks to enhanced mouse capabilities. Secondary menus are accessible using right-click to perform additional operations such as loading snapshots or protecting/updating the current project.
The most dramatic changes in the V4 software are found in the main display, where the layout is fully adaptable to project needs. By setting one of the two detail areas to sense, for example, panning, the system automatically displays the module the operator is touching. As all rotary controls are touch-sensitive, the sense area always focuses on the module currently in use. The channel display now includes a single display for the channel name for the first and second layers, a larger gain reduction overview, and labels instead of numbers for VCA assignment.
Lawo’s V4 software also includes a newly designed VCA that links all modules and parameters, and behaves like an analog VCA. Other additions include the signal list and a new signal settings page. Other features are a redesigned channel configuration page, a moveable track bus, direct out with mute for broadcast applications, direct bus assign via number pad, audio follows video enhancements, free control preset configuration, and a copy clip function for copying or resetting individual parameters.
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