Lawo’s Ruby mixing console has received two major updates. First, new v6.0 software adds SMPTE 2022-7 Seamless Protection Switching, also known as “hitless merge,” to the Ruby Power Core engine. Lawo explains that SPS enables the mixing engine to connect to a broadcast facility’s AoIP infrastructure using two independent, redundant network paths, switching between primary and secondary switch fabrics without interruption should a network link fail. The new software also increases AoIP stream capacity with support for as many as 256 simultaneous AES67/Ravenna audio channels.
Second, a new I/O expansion card for the 1RU Power Core mixing engine allows broadcasters to add Dante devices to their AES67/Ravenna audio network, eliminating the need for outboard protocol translators or analog connections from Dante devices. The new Dante plug-in card complements Power Core’s existing selection of analog, AES/EBU, mic-level and MADI cards, which can be easily added via its eight rear-panel expansion.
Ruby’s Power Core mixing engine offers DSP capability. Each input channel features input gain control, signal presence indicator, direct out, insert, Aux send with pre/post switching, pan/balance, and AutoGain for mic inputs; audio-shaping tools include equalizer with three fully-parametric bands plus semi-parametric bands configurable as shelf, high-pass, or low-pass filters, plus gating, expansion, compression and limiting.
Other Ruby features include native I/O capacity of 128 AES67 streams, 1920×1920 internal routing switcher, Lawo AutoMix hands-free mixing of up to 32 inputs assignable to four independent AutoMix groups, Autogain one-touch Mic gain calibration, motorized faders linked to console snapshots, one-touch switching between On-Air and Production modes, and integral Web server for remote management and system maintenance, and customizable VisTool touchscreen GUI control interface.
Ruby is available in desktop or flush-mount version, in 4, 8, 12 and 16 fader frame sizes that may be combined to build consoles of up to 60 faders in single- or split-frame configurations.
IBC Stand: 8.B50