lawo_sapphire by yaoyufang


A step ahead.

                available 2011

sapphire — A step ahead.                                                                     2 3

As powerful as ever, as attractive as never before: With the sapphire, a mixing console has become
available that combines the best of both worlds. Our new 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 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.
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The best solution for radio hosts:                                                                                                        The best solution for a broadcast complex:
Maximum results with minimum expense.                                                                                                     Interconnection of several systems via network.

Whether you are a radio host, DJ or editor, your one main concern      sapphire advantages for hosts:                                     The sapphire is not only a convincing soloist — it also performs as a perfect team player. For example, the
is to produce a show that your audience will want to listen to. That                                                                      sapphire can fit perfectly into broadcast networks. Besides the option of low-cost audio connection via MADI
                                                                         Reduced control surface results in a short learning curve
means controversial topics, lively presentation and captivating                                                                           interfaces, broadcasting setups can also be realized at a control level — featuring, of course, resource sharing,
contributions. It also means the right equipment: equipment that         VisTool touch screen software for visual feedback and            standby production cubicles and multi- studio operation. At the same time, freely configurable control signals
can be operated intuitively, is easy to understand and can still         enhanced user interface                                          can be distributed via Ethernet-TCP/IP to other independent systems, thus enabling multiple and cross-system
handle the multiple requirements of day-to-day radio work. In                                                                             functions, such as program switches, talkback, conferencing, monitoring selections and red light routing.
                                                                         Motorised faders for the best overview and perfect interaction
other words, the sort of features provided by the sapphire — the                                                                          Another benefit: the high cost-efficiency of integrated sapphire solutions.
                                                                         with radio automation systems
functional mixing console for hosts who want to focus on what is
essential: superb broadcasts.                                            Sophisticated n-1/conference logic for relaxed and secure
                                                                         broadcast operations

                                                                         Source-oriented operation — eg. stereo and surround formats
                                                                         on one fader

                                                                                                                                          An example of networking options
                                                                                                                                          for a radio broadcaster:                        Main Matrix                                                         PC + VisTool
                                                                                                                                                                                          Nova73 HD                                                           Panel KSC.LCD16

                                                                                                                                          A network comprising a Nova29 router
The perfect solution for sound mixers:
                                                                                                                                          with three sapphire consoles connected
Modular extensions, flexible configuration.                                                                                                via MADI to a complex broadcast system.
                                                                                                                                          In an emergency situation, the Nova29
                                                                                                                                          and sapphire consoles can be operated           Workgroup Matrix                                            2       Announcer Booth
Central module, channel module, and several extension variants —       sapphire advantages for audio mixers:                              independently, thus assuring the greatest       Nova29                                                              Panel TB-12
you can create the mixing console that perfectly suits all your                                                                           security against downtime.                      + Ethernet Switch
                                                                         Intuitive user interface for rapid access
needs, thanks to a number of possible modular extensions. Additional
                                                                         and maximum user confidence
configuration options and software solutions bring the degree of
possible customisation to a new level. Even when it comes to             Access to up to 40 channels even on small layouts                                                                                                          1

user-friendliness, the sapphire will provide you with transparent        (multi-layer operation)
workflow, thus significantly streamlining your everyday tasks.
                                                                         Flexible configuration for individualised workflows                                                               Studio 1                         Studio 2                           Studio 3
                                                                                                                                                                 1   MADI + Ethernet      sapphire                         sapphire                           sapphire
                                                                         High-performance networking of audio and control
                                                                         (for resource sharing or multi-studio operation in                                      2   MADI + Ethernet
                                                                         broadcast complexes)                                                                        + Audio + CAN

                                                                         Extensive portfolio of hardware and software components,
                                                                         plus interfaces for remote control (radio automation, audio
                                                                         workstations, routing etc.)
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As individual as your needs:
sapphire’s four most important components.

                                             Component 1
                                             High-performance core
                                             Based on the proven DALLIS interface, the sapphire core
                                             handles routing, control and signal processing (DSP). In
                                             addition, it is the interface for console modules and panels,
                                             for VisTool software and radio automation systems. But there
                                             is more to it than that: the core can also be connected via
                                             MADI to other routers — or as the Nova17, even be used as
                                             an independent router.

                                             Component 2
                                             Different control surface layouts
                                             Channel module, central module, the overbridge or several
                                             extension options: with the sapphire, you can build a
                                             mixing console to suit your individual needs. Whether you
                                             are operating a small independent studio, a large broad-
                                             casting complex or a major TV production facility, the
                                             various layouts offered by a sapphire cannot fail to provide
                                             the right answer for you.

                                             Component 3
                                             Modular extension with custom panels
                                             However you want it: sapphire systems can be expanded
                                             to incorporate as many as 30 pushbutton panels for the
                                             individual requirements of commentator or editorial rooms,
                                             for example. All devices are completely integrated into the
                                             system configuration, and can be assigned any function.
                                             (Fig.: TB-12)

                                             Component 4
                                             More operator satisfaction with VisTool
                                             An improved overview and extended functionality; this is
                                             made possible by the VisTool touch screen software. On
                                             a graphically eye-catching screen layout, you can keep a
                                             check on signal level and DSP parameters at all times. You
                                             will benefit from additional tools such as trigger circuits
                                             or central snapshot databases, and can freely arrange the
                                             console’s control panels to meet your own requirements.
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A mixing console for everyone’s needs:
sapphire’s modular options.

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 40 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.
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The Channel Module:                                                                                                                            The Central Module:
Several layers on one control surface.                                                                                                         Fast access to all functions.

The modular console concept allows for up to ten channel modules, each with four faders, so that the largest                                   The compact central module enables access to all signal parameters, bus assignments and snapshot control.
system gives you direct access to 40 channel strips. Each channel strip is clearly laid out, and makes the most                                The buttons in the monitor section can be used to select monitoring sources or can be assigned to other
important functions always available, based on a source-oriented concept. Virtual channels also allow you to work                              functions. This makes the most important functions directly accessible, and you gain from a high level of
on several operating levels — thus enabling a channel module to access many more channels than the number of                                   user-friendliness, enabling you to work quickly and with confidence.
physical faders. And, especially practical during installation, frames with their included modules are connected
to each other by just one cable, so they can be placed anywhere in or on the table; this allows your workspace to
be configured just the way you want it!

                                                                                               1 Rotary Control Configuration of DSP                                                                                                    1 Rotary control to configure DSP
                    1                                                                            parameters, plus adjustment of mic,                             1                                                                        parameters
                                                                                                 line and aux send levels.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 Multifunction buttons can be used
                    2                                                                                                                                            2                                                                        to control DSP parameters or may be
                                                                                               2 Multifunctional buttons Control of DSP                                                                                                   assigned to individual functions
                    3                                                                            parameters and bus assignments, as well                         3
                                                                                                 as the assignment of individual functions                                                                                              3 OLED Display to label the multifunction
                                                                                                 (ie. PFL, Conference, Talkback). Labelling                                                                                               buttons
                                                                                                 of buttons is provided on the display while
                                                                                                 visual feedback is displayed through                                                                                                   4 Global Layer buttons to choose the layer
                                                                                                 multi-colour LEDs.                                              4                                                                        displayed on the surface globally
                                                                                                                                                                 5                                                                      5 Function buttons for DSP parameter
                                                                                               3 OLED Display Labelling of the                                                                                                            selection of sum and aux busses, as well
                                                                                                 multifunctional buttons and the display                                                                                                  as the control of snapshots
                                                                                                 of DSP parameters. In addition, bus
                                                                                                 assignments are presented on this high                                                                                                 6 Multifunction buttons to select sources
                                                                                                 quality display.                                                                                                                         for the monitoring. These buttons can be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          assigned and labelled individually.
                                                                                               4 Access buttons Channel selection to
                                                                                                 change DSP parameters or source                                                                                                        7 OLED and rotary control to display
                    5                                                                            assignments. The layer displayed on the                                                                                                  selected monitoring sources and for level
                                                                                                 control surface is also adjusted here.                                                                                                   adjustment

                                                                                               5 Fader Durable 100mm fader with integral                         6                                                                      8 Multifunction buttons to dim or mute the
                                                                                                 dust protection.                                                                                                                         monitoring source

                                                                                               6 Multifunctional status display Display
                                                                                                 of source groups or audio presence via
                                                                                                 multi-colour LEDs.

                                                                                               7 OLED display Used to display the source
                                                                                                 name (label). Maximum operator
                    6                                                                                                                                            7
                                                                                                 confidence is achieved by uninterrupted
                                                                                                 readouts, a large font, and the display’s
                                                                                                 central position.
                    7                                                                                                                                            8
                                                                                               8 Multifunction buttons Large buttons for
                                                                                                 the most important and most frequently
                                                                                                 used functions, such as ON/OFF, PFL,
                                                                                                 Mute or start button for source signals,
                                                                                                 most usefully positioned nearest the
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The extension modules:                                                                                          The overbridge:
For an efficient workflow.                                                                                       Better overview and simplified controls.

The fader and central modules provide a basic configuration to which you can add various optional extensions.   The optional overbridge is not only a slick tool with a modern design, it offers integral features that guarantee a
These include additional rotary controls and buttons that can be freely assigned to different functions.        highly efficient workflow in daily radio broadcasts. For example, all channel levels can be displayed directly above
The advantage: you can configure a console to optimize your personal workflow, according to your specific        the respective channels. The overbridge is not only available for all versions of the sapphire, but can even be used
requirements.                                                                                                   as a standalone unit and ordered individually.
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Intuitive user guidance:                                                                                                                  Whatever suits your needs:
The VisTool touch screen software.                                                                                                        Pushbutton panels for the sapphire.

Innovative, clearly laid out and, if required,   switchable pages. An alternative is the                                                  With our versatile panel solutions, you can extend the capability of the sapphire mixing console and the
freely configurable — with the optional          VisTool Edit program: this editor enables                                                Nova17 router. The pushbutton panels or GPIO interfaces are capable of a wide variety of tasks, for example,
VisTool software, you can add a modern           you to freely design your own operational                                                monitoring and pre-listening, multiplexing, or red/white light control at various locations.
screen-based user interface to the sapphire.     overviews using virtual control and display                                              The panels can either be connected to the system for a low cost via the CAN bus or, depending on the panel,
Now, your operators have a control surface       elements. For example, you can combine                                                   be remotely controlled via Ethernet TCP/IP. Each panel can be freely programmed according to requirements,
with extended functionality and even greater     foldback setups with an overview of console                                              using the supplied configuration software.
user-friendliness.                               settings and level displays for one control
                                                 surface, and move less frequently used func-
Specifically, this means that the VisTool        tions to a different page. Whatever function
Technic version can offer you, for example,      is the most important for you, VisTool gives                                              Key-60
different level displays, additional triggers,   your operators an extremely efficient tool                                                Panel in the form of a channel module
the graphic display of channel parameters,       with which to handle their daily broadcasting                                             with 60 illuminated buttons
and miscellaneous status displays on three       tasks.
                                                                                                                                           19”/1U panel with 12 illuminated buttons,
                                                                                                                                           talkback microphone and loudspeaker

                                                 More advantages:
                                                                                                                                           19”/1U panel
                                                   The sapphire’s functions can be arranged on the touch screen layers in any format,      with 20 illuminated buttons
                                                   and supplemented by numerous display elements (freely programmable buttons for
                                                   logic, router and DSP control, source and bus assignment)                               KSC.LCD16
                                                                                                                                           19”/1U panel
                                                   Additionally, up to six logic-controlled timing elements to trigger                     with 16 LCD buttons
                                                   any required actions
                                                   Up to 30 simultaneous, switchable level displays
                                                                                                                                           19”/1U panel with 15 LCD buttons and
                                                   Display of DSP parameters (eg. dynamics and EQ curves) facilitates signal processing    one rotary control for use as level control

                                                   Control of snapshots in a central database                                              KSC.LCD14P2
                                                                                                                                           19”/1U panel with 14 LCD buttons and
                                                 System requirements for VisTool:                                                          two rotary controls for use as level controls

                                                 A sapphire-, zirkon-, or crystal-console, or a Nova29 router and a PC with WindowsTM      KSC.GPIO32
                                                 operating system and touch screen (data transfer via Ethernet TCP/IP, connection of       19”/1U panel with 32 GPIO contacts and
                                                 up to four PCs possible)                                                                  eight VCA inputs


                                                   VisTool “On-Air” : a pre-configured page with level display, timer,
                                                   tally buttons and channel status display

                                                   VisTool “Technic” : similar to “On Air” , but with two additional pages for multi-
                                                   level display and display of DSP parameters

                                                   VisTool “Edit”: editor for free configuration of touch screen surfaces including
                                                   a runtime (RT) operation license

                                                   VisTool “RT”: runtime version for operating self-edited touch screen displays
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Maximum power and superb reliability:                                                                                                                   Fast, exact, and uncomplicated:
The sapphire’s proven system core.                                                                                                                      The sapphire’s service features.

A car will only perform as well as its en-           and high quality of the plug-in cards. The          without control surface modules, the special   These days, the central monitoring and easy maintenance of working equipment is becoming increasingly
gine, and a digital mixing console is only           system core handles routing, control and            “Nova17” operating mode makes the sapphire’s   important. It is therefore no surprise that the sapphire, once again, meets the most stringent requirements in
as good as its system core. The sapphire             central signal processing (DSP). In addition,       functionality available as a stand-alone or    this respect. For example: enter the IP of your sapphire on a web browser and (assuming you are online) you
features a DSP core, based on the proven             the core’s motherboard provides the inter-          network-capable router application. Further-   get an immediate, complete overview of the current status of your mixing console.
DALLIS I/O system that is also used in Lawo’s        faces for various connections: from desk            more, the sapphire core runs without the
large-scale mc²-series mixing consoles,              modules, panels and external components             use of a fan or a PC, a feature that assures                                                              ‚
and in Lawo routers. Thus, the sapphire not          such as VisTool, radio automation systems           reliability and short boot times.                                                             The sapphire s servicing plus points:
only benefits from innovative STAR² archi-           or audio workstations, to maintenance and
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hot-pluggable modules that can even be replaced while on-air
tecture but also from the modular concept            configuration tools. If the system core is used
                                                                                                                                                                                                         For error elimination and central monitoring, a web server is integrated
                                                                                                                                                                                                         with the PC-free control system. This can be accessed via a typical browser
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and the integral Ethernet TCP/IP interface

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Alert signals in the logic-programming framework can be freely linked,
                                                                                Optionally, up to 384 input /output channels can be supported                                                            eg. for status displays on the console’s front panel or on the VisTool screen
                                                                                with the following interfaces:
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Project specific solutions offer the option to log alerts and messages
                                                                                  Analog Mic / Line (transformer or electronically balanced)                                                             in a central location, from one or several systems

                                                                                  Headphones (including VCA interface)                                                                                   Simple maintenance — software can be updated from
                                                                                                                                                                                                         a central location via a network interface
                                                                                  AES / EBU (AES3) with or without sample rate converter

                                                                                  ADAT ®

                                                                                  3G / HD / SD SDI (embedded audio)

                                                                                  Serial data transfer (RS232, RS422, MIDI)                             Simple, flexible, and made to measure:
                                                                                  GPIO (Opto, Relays, VCA)                                              Configuring a sapphire.
                                                                                  Optionally up to four MADI interfaces on the motherboard
                                                                                  IP codec card
                                                                                                   Audio-over-IP option (available soon)                Different operator teams, different program    The sapphire s configuration highlights:
                                                                                                                                                        formats, individual workflows — and one
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Individual definition of sources, destinations and summing busses,
                                                                                                                                                        mixing console that can be adapted per-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        including integral functions and resources
                                                                                                                                                        fectly to your needs. Thanks to its top per-
     Signal processing in the system core:                                                                                                              formance and extensive configuration            Freely programmable console buttons and monitoring section
     Mono, stereo and surround channels with:                                     DIG                   EQ &                                            capability, you can set up a sapphire to
                                                                                           DELAY                 COMP      LIMIT     FADER
                                                                                  AMP                   Filter                                                                                          Simple allocation of names and control functions
       Input gain              Fader                                                                                                                    meet your every need. For example, with
       Signal indicator        Aux send with Pre / Post switching                                                                                                                                       (such as mix minus, talkback or fader starts)
                                                                                                                                                        the help of the provided software you can
       Direct out              Pan / Balance
       Insert                                                                                                     EXP                                   enter individual settings for interfaces,       Extensive programming of logic functions including optocouplers
                                                                                                                                                        sources and summing mixes, freely assign        and relays, eg. red light control
     In addition, switchable if required:                                                                                                               relay functions and flexibly create moni-
       Equalizer with three fully parametric bands plus high/low pass filters
                                                                                                                                                        toring systems and remote controls. And all     Restriction of access rights
       Dynamics unit with gate, expander, compressor, limiter                                                     GATE
       Delays of up to 340 ms with switchable units                                                                                                     of this by the simple use of a WindowsTM
       (metres, milliseconds, frames)                                                                                                                   graphic application.
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Technical specifications:
Everything at a glance.

Panel                                                                  Interfaces
 Available as desk top or integrated version                             Analog Mic / Line (transformer or el. balanced)
 Up to 40 motorised 100 mm faders                                        Headset (incl. VCA interface)
 Operation possible with multiple operating layers (multi-layer)         AES / EBU (AES3) with and without sampling rate converter (SRC)
 Panel version with extensions available as upgrade                      ADAT ® (ADAT ® is a registered trademark of Alesis, LLC
 Optional touch screen overbridge to display channel level               and is used here under license.)
                                                                         3G / HD / SD SDI (embedded audio)
System core                                                              Serial data transfer (RS232, RS422, MIDI)
 Modular plug-in card system based on the DALLIS I/O system              GPIO (optocouplers, relays, VCA)
 Central motherboard with integrated control system and signal           Optional up to 4 MADI ports on the masterboard
 processing (redundantly designed as an option)                          IP codec
 Integrated matrix with up to 384 inputs and outputs                                    Audio-over-IP option (available soon)
 PC-independent and fan-free operation                                 Synchronisation
 Optional redundant power supply                                        Wordclock input and internal generator
                                                                        Optional via MADI
Signal processing                                                       Supported sample rates 48 kHz and 44.1 kHz
  80 channels (mono, stereo or surround depending on the                (depending on motherboard)
  available resources) with Input Gain
  Central masterboard with integrated control system and signal        Control
  processing (optional with redundant design), Pan / Balance,           2 possible PFL busses
  Direct Out and Insert                                                 Simulcast production of surround and stereo
  48 equalizers: 3 fully parametric bands and 2 filters (mono*)         Integrated mix-minus /conference logic
  14 dynamic units: gate, expander, compressor                          Freely programmable logic core (redlight, faderstart, program
  (mono or stereo use)                                                  switch, T / B integration, etc.)
  14 limiters (mono or stereo)                                          Serial interface for interaction with radio automation systems
  24 delays: up to 340 ms with switchable units: metres,                (“sapphire” operating mode)
  milliseconds, frames (mono*)                                          Serial interface for matrix control (“Nova17” operating mode)
  48 summing busses (mono*, incl. main 1, 2 and PFL, second             Optional MIDI interface for interaction with audio workstations
  PFL possible)                                                         (HUI protocol e. g. for ProTools™)
  30 mini-mixers (2 x 2 mixers for monitoring, stereo to mono, etc.)    Remote control of external Lawo matrices possible
  Optional: dynamically assigned signal processing (EQ, DYN,            (e. g. source selection)
  LIM) for 40 stereo channels via additional masterboard                Optional control via touch screen (VisTool)
                                                                        Optional graphic matrix control (NovaConnect)
(*Stereo coupling possible)
                                                                       Configuration and maintenance
                                                                        Software for system configuration and logic programming
                                                                        Integrated web server for system diagnosis
                                                                        Dedicated SW tool for performing software updates
                                                                        Remote maintenance via VPN/ISDN

                                                                       Please note that certain system components and functions may require
                                                                       individual configuration, which may incur additional costs, depending on
                                                                       the respective service provided.

                                                                       As of September 2010. Subject to change without prior notice,
                                                                       no responsibility is taken for the correctness of the details provided.
Headquarters                  Subsidiaries                  Representative Offices

Lawo AG                       Lawo International GmbH       Lawo International GmbH
Am Oberwald 8                 Wehntalerstrasse 58           Singapore Representative Office
76437 Rastatt                 8157 Dielsdorf                7030 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5
GERMANY                       SWITZERLAND                   #06-06, Northstar@AMK
Phone + 49 7222 1002 0        Phone + 41 43 38868 00        Singapore 569880
Fax     + 49 7222 1002 7101   Fax      + 41 43 38868 09     SINGAPORE                          Phone +65 9818 3328                            Fax     +65 6255 7651

                              Lawo North America Corp.      Lawo AG Beijing
                              1361 Huntingwood Drive, #16   Representative Office
                              Toronto, Ontario M1S 3J1      Room 1101, Block A, Luo Wa Plaza,
                              CANADA                        No. 203, Zone 2, Li Ze Zhong Yuan
                              Phone + 1 416 292 0078        Wang Jing, Chaoyang District
                              Fax      + 1 416 292 0402     100102 Beijing
                                      P. R. CHINA
                                       Phone + 86 10 6439 2518
                                                            Fax      + 86 10 6439 1813
                              Lawo Australia Pty Ltd
                              P.O. Box 270
                              Brown Hill
                              Victoria 3350

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