Lawo has announced the end of production of its sapphire mixing console.
In an email notice to clients, it said existing users have a window to buy modules and boards through June.
The sapphire was introduced in 2010. “We always aim to maintain availability of our products for as long as possible; however, the discontinuation of key components and other factors inevitably leads to the end of a product’s life,” the company stated.
“Sapphire and Nova17 technology have been at the heart of many of the largest broadcast productions over the last decade. The product family supports many different application scenarios and various types of audio formats, with the introduction of Ravenna connectivity as early as 2012,” it wrote.
“With the introduction of the new diamond surface in late 2021, sapphire and its related components approached the end of its life as a mixing console.”
For existing installations that use sapphire modules, Nova17 core and DALLIS Master boards, Lawo is offering a final purchase window until June 30.
“Lawo’s service team will continue to support all sapphire installations based on the final software release for each sapphire module,” it continued.
“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 sapphire with 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.”
As a product alternative, Lawo suggests its diamond console and Power Core.