Power Core

Meet the Super Audio Node.

Today’s broadcast facilities demand lots of I/O. Rack space too, because traditional gear often devours 3 or 4 RU to deliver a mere handful of inputs. Good thing you’ve got Power Core instead, with more than 300 channels of built-in I/O, and room to expand. Networked? Naturally, with AES67-standard AoIP. DSP, too: scores of channels to sweeten signals at a moment’s notice. All of this power in only 1RU? You might just need a smaller rack room.

Well-connected.

Power Core has an amazing amount of HD MADI and AES67 I/O on the front panel. 384 stereo channels, to be exact. And there’s more around back: 8 expansion slots, ready for your choice of optional mic, line, AES3, MADI, Dante, and Studio I/O cards (details below). There’s even an internal routing matrix to keep it all organized.

2x MADI I/O

Power Core has loads of front-panel MADI, but you can add even more! Two SFP ports provide 64 channels each.

8x Mic / Line In

Got mics? Of course you do. This card provides 8 mic input channels, with switchable Phantom power.

8x Analog In

Even today’s digital world still has some analog sources. The Line In interface provides 8 mono, or 4 stereo inputs.

8x Analog Out

Like its brother, but in the other direction. 8 mono or 4 stereo outputs interface Power Core with your legacy equipment.

4x AES3 I/O

Connect your AES / EBU devices. Each card has 4 digital inputs (with sample rate conversion) and 4 digital outputs.

2x Dante I/O

The perfect way to connect to Dante networks. Dual-redundant ports give access to a total of 64 Dante streams.

Studio I/O

The Swiss army knife of interfaces. Each card adds 2 Mic / Line in, 2 Line outputs and 2 HP outputs for on-air convenience.

2x MADI I/O

Power Core has loads of front-panel MADI, but you can add even more! Two SFP ports provide 64 channels each.

8x Mic / Line In

Got mics? Of course you do. This card provides 8 mic input channels, with switchable Phantom power.

8x Analog In

Even today’s digital world still has some analog sources. The Line In interface provides 8 mono, or 4 stereo inputs.

8x Analog Out

Like its brother, but in the other direction. 8 mono or 4 stereo outputs interface Power Core with your legacy equipment.

4x AES3 I/O

Connect your AES / EBU devices. Each card has 4 digital inputs (with sample rate conversion) and 4 digital outputs.

2x Dante I/O

The perfect way to connect to Dante networks. Dual-redundant ports give access to a total of 64 Dante streams.

Studio I/O

The Swiss army knife of interfaces. Each card adds 2 Mic / Line in, 2 Line outputs and 2 HP outputs for on-air convenience.

Seamless Protection Switching.

You like the security of belt and suspenders? Your backups have backups? You’ll love Power Core’s inclusion of SMPTE standard 2022-7. Known as Seamless Protection Switching (or “hitless merge”), SPS lets you connect to your AoIP network simultaneously via two identical, yet discrete, links — and switches from primary to backup instantly, without audio loss, in case of interruption. No manual re-routing. No audio glitches. Your programming just keeps going. Because there’s no such thing as too much uptime.

Speaking of standards…

Everybody’s buzzing about AES67. And for good reason. Finally there’s a real standard for connecting together IP equipment from different manufacturers. This is why Power Core is 100% AES67-compliant. Some purveyors of proprietary protocols claim AES67 is incomplete — but we pair it with RAVENNA, the standards-based advertising and discovery protocol with AES67 compliance baked in. So you can connect and control any studio hardware or software you choose, from the ever-expanding AES67 / RAVENNA universe.

Here are more companies who believe open standards are the only way to go.

Speaking of standards…

Everybody’s buzzing about AES67. And for good reason. Finally there’s a real standard for connecting together IP equipment from different manufacturers. This is why Power Core is 100% AES67-compliant. Some purveyors of proprietary protocols claim AES67 is incomplete — but we pair it with RAVENNA, the standards-based advertising and discovery protocol with AES67 compliance baked in. So you can connect and control any studio hardware or software you choose, from the ever-expanding AES67 / RAVENNA universe.

Here are more companies who believe open standards are the only way to go.

Bridge-builder.

Just look at all those front-panel HD MADI connections. And tons of AES67 connections too. Power Core is ideal for bridging legacy systems and modern AoIP networking. And don’t forget: you can add even more MADI, plus analog and AES3 I/O, using the 8 rear-panel expansion slots. Did we hear someone say “future-proof”?

DSP for days.

As if all that I/O wasn’t enough, Power Core is packed with DSP too. Up to 96 channels of audio sweetening, with parametric EQ, shelf, and bandpass filters, gates, limiters, expansion, compression and de-essing ready to apply using easy, touch-sensitive graphical controls. You’d need 24 regular engines to equal the DSP in Power Core. (Believe it — we did the math.) Overkill? Not when you’re the pro who needs it.

96

DSP Channels*
Each channel equipped with input gain, direct out, insert, Aux send and more. EBU R128 loudness metering, too.

80

Summing Busses*
Use as Program, Record, Aux, Group, Mix-Minus or general purpose. Apply DSP to as many as 32 mono / 16 stereo busses.

1920²

Routing Matrix*
Available with as many as 1920 x 1920 routing crosspoints, with instant access to all audio sources, networked or local.

3

Software Levels*
A trio of tiered software license packs let you optimize DSP, bus and routing capacities to fit your station’s unique needs.

* Indicates maximum available resources based on configuration choices. See Feature Chart for details.

Mix it up.

With so much onboard I/O, Power Core is the perfect AoIP Supernode. But thanks to all that DSP, it’s also an incredibly powerful mixing engine for Lawo radio consoles. Pair it with our award-winning ruby, crystal and sapphire control surfaces — or use VisTool GUI Builder software to create a custom “virtual console” with context-sensitive multi-touch controls.

Details, details.

You’re the kind that loves to read the fine print? Specs make you salivate? We’ll let you in on a secret: we feel the same way. So go on, dig in – you’ll find all you want to know (and more) in our Specifications chart.

Details, details.

You’re the kind that loves to read the fine print? Specs make you salivate? We’ll let you in on a secret: we feel the same way. So go on, dig in – you’ll find all you want to know (and more) in our Specifications chart.

Power Core Specifications

Signal Processing

  • 96 Input channels, each with Input gain, signal presence indicator, direct out, Insert, fader, Aux send with Pre / Post switching, pan / balance, AutoGain for each mic input
  • Equalizer with three fully-parametric bands plus semi-parametric bands that can also be shelf, high-pass, or low-pass filters
  • Dynamics suite with gate, expander, compressor, limiter
  • Up to 32 instances of AutoMix and / or De-Essing are available for application to any input source
  • 4 individual AutoMix groups available allow creation of multipleindependent mixes
  • All sources and all busses may be metered onscreen using EBU R128 Loudness Metering
  • Sync delays of up to 340 ms.* with switchable units (meters, milliseconds, frames)
    *Available Q1 2018
  • 80 summing busses configurable as Program, Record, Aux, Group, Mix-Minus (clean feed) or General Purpose. A full DSP channel with EQ, Dynamics and Delay functions may be applied to any of these busses (up to 16 stereo or 32 mono busses)
  • Channels and busses may be grouped into Stereo and 5.1 Surround bundles

Standard Audio Interfaces

  • 4 MADI (each 64 channels I/O) with SFP cages (MADI ports 1 / 2 and 3 / 4 can be grouped as dual-redundant interfaces)
  • 2 AES67 / RAVENNA (up to 256 channels I/O accessible via 2 NICs. Various redundancy schemes are supported, including Hitless Merge (following SMPTE 2022-7 definitions), and LACP.

Optional I/O Expansion

  • 8 Mic / Line inputs
  • 8 Mono / 4 Stereo Line input
  • 8 Mono / 4 Stereo Line output
  • 4 Stereo AES input with SRC + 4 AES output
  • 2 Mic / Line + 1 Stereo Line output + 2 Stereo Headphone outputs
  • 2 MADI (64 I/O channels each) with SFP cages

Control Interfaces

  • TCP/IP
  • CAN
  • RS422
  • 8 GPIO (8 optocouplers, 8 silent CMOS relays)

Synchronization

  • Wordclock input and internal generator with output
  • Optional sync via MADI or PTP)
  • 48 kHz / 44.1 kHz

Mic + Line I/O Card

  • 8 channels, electronically balanced, via DB25 connector
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • A-D Conversion: 24-bit, Delta-Sigma
  • Dynamic Range: 118 dBA
  • THD+N: 0.0006%
  • EIN: -127 dBu @ 150 Ohms
  • Latency: 0.16/0.33ms @ 96/48kHz
  • Switchable Phantom Power (P48) for Mic inputs

Analog Input Card

  • 8 channels, electronically balanced, via DB25 connector
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • A-D Conversion: 24-bit, Delta-Sigma
  • Dynamic Range: 119 dBA
  • THD+N: ≦0.0005%
  • Latency: 0.16/0.32ms @ 96/48kHz

Analog Output Card

  • 8 channels, electronically balanced, via DB25 connector
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 600 – 100k Ohms
  • A-D Conversion: 24-bit, Delta-Sigma
  • Dynamic Range: 119 dBA
  • THD+N: ≦0.0005%
  • Latency: 0.07/0.15ms @ 96/48kHz

AES3 I/O Card

  • 4 stereo inputs with input SRCs + 4 stereo outputs, via DB25 connector
  • AES3-2003 compliant
  • Input Sample Rate Conversion: 24-bit; accepts 4 – 216 kHz signals
  • Dynamic Range: 125 dB

Studio I/O Card

  • 2 Mic inputs, 2 Analog outputs, 2 stereo headphone outputs, via DB25 connector
  • Dynamic Range: 118 dBA
  • THD+N: 0.0006%
  • EIN: −127dBu @ 150 Ohms
  • 24-bit audio sampling resolution
  • Switchable Phantom Power (P48) for Mic inputs
Category Description Super Audio Node Large Console Extra Large Console
Audio Interfacing MADI channels (Front-panel inputs)* 4x64/64 4x64/64 4x64/64
AES67 / RAVENNA IO channels* 128/128 128/128 256/256
AES67 / RAVENNA streams 64 64 128
AES67 / RAVENNA redundancy
(SMTPE 2022-7 and LACP)
Yes Yes Yes
Physical GPIO support No Yes Yes
Maximum number of expansion cards 8 8 8
Audio Processing Configurable, fader-assignable sources 32 96 254
Parallel Mix Inputs with DSP (EQ+DYN+LIM+LOUDNESS)* 16 48 96
AutoMix / DeEsser units* 8 16 32
AutoMix Groups 1 2 4
Busses (no processing)* 20 40 80
Bus Processing DSP Blocks (EQ+DYN+LIM)* 0 16 32
PFL Busses 1 2 5
VCA Groups 0 1 8
5.1 Mixing & Processing No No Yes
Utility Tool MiniMixer 64 64 64
Patchable Meters (PPM & Loudness)
/ Silence Detects*
128 128 256
Control Surface KSC panel support Yes Yes Yes
VisTool Control Yes Yes Yes
Networking GPIO tunnel over audio channels 64 64 64
GPIO Net Elements 40 40 40
External Matrix Remote Control
(KPF / EMBER+ / NTP-DOT)
Yes Yes Yes
Automation System Control Interface (RAS) No Yes Yes
Mackie HUI Support No No Yes
Ember+ Provider 1 1 5
Ember+ Consumer 0 4 15
Audio Signal Distribution Routing Matrix* 1728*1728 1728*1728 1920*1920
Intercom Matrix – Number of clients 16 38 78

* Listed numbers are mono equivalent.

Information subject to change without notice. Last update: 3/5/2018.

German. Quality.

Designed and built by skilled engineers in Rastatt, Germany. Legendary German quality. Premium components. The highest standards. Meticulous precision. Powerful. Reliable. Rock-solid, 24/7.

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