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Lawo Ends Production on Several Older Radio Products

It introduced a new crystal surface this fall

Lawo company logo, two white swooshes on a blue background and the word Lawo in white lettersLawo has announced the end of production of several older radio/audio products.

“With the introduction of a new crystal surface at NAB/AES in New York in October 2023,” it said in an email to customers, “crystal MkII, A_Onair4, Nova 29, KSC panels, Compact Engine and its related components approached product end of life.”

For existing installations or ongoing projects that use crystal MkII modules and frames, Compact Engines and A_OnAir4, there is a final purchase window that will close in May 2024.

Lawo said its service team will continue to support crystal MKII, Compact Engine and A_OnAir4 installations based on the following software releases:

  • A_OnAir4 – Software version, Ravenna version 1.6.0 r12467 (103)
  • Compact Engine – Software version 6.0.27
  • crystal – Software version 5.0.1
  • Compact Engine Ravenna I/O expansion card – Software Version 10-2-0-127 Ravenna Software version 1.16.0 r12348 (127)

“Support will be offered according to our terms and conditions of sale; however, due to increasing complexity in supply chain, Lawo’s support team will only be able to service components still in stock; supplies of replacement components will be limited to stock on hand. Limited numbers of products for replacement may also be available until end of stock.”

Lawo introduced the Compact Engine in 2008 and the crystal console MKII in 2014. The combination of crystal, Compact Engine and optional Ravenna I/O card introduced in 2015 was one of the company’s first implementations of Ravenna/AES67.

The A_OnAir4 was introduced in 2016 and is a Ravenna-based audio I/O device. The Nova 29 is a 1RU MADI router introduced in 2010; the KSC panels are 1RU key extensions for legacy base units and mixing consoles.

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