Lawo debuted the Version 2.8 upgrade for its zirkon on-air radio console.
It features enhancements to the system control and configuration software as well as Lawo’s VisTool touchscreen surface visualization software.
Highlights include a new DSP card mode for the zirkon. In “Sig80” DSP mode, the system supports an additional 40 DSP channels (mono/stereo) with EQ, dynamics and limiting by way of a second masterboard. For environments where additional signal processing is desired, the company says this mode provides dynamically allocated DSP resources.
The V2.8 firmware also includes a change in the transmission method used for VisTool metering data. Performance and communication has been improved by changing to UDP (User Datagram Protocol) as compared to earlier versions that use TCP (Transmission Control Protocol). UDP avoids the system overhead of checking every last data packet, so metering response is faster and provides greater compatibility in networked environments, according to Lawo.
The VisTool touchscreen surface visualization software offers faster, more responsive metering in a networked environment, and the upgrade provides surround parameter keys in screen parameters. As a result of this change, surround panning can now be accessed by VisTool buttons. Additionally, the VisTools upgrade lets users display 24 channels simultaneously.
To obtain V2.8 software, contact Lawo North America’s technical support services at (888) 810-4468.