‘tonzauber’ Recording OB Van With Lawo mc²36 MkII Console

Those seeking a studio in Austria for ultra-high-quality recording of classical music inevitably come to the name “tonzauber”, and for good reason.

The studio, whose name means “sound magic”, has gained a reputation for providing superior audio quality and expert engineering services for the performers who record there, which include not only classical performances but other musical genres from jazz to metal.

Now, tonzauber has expanded their capabilities with the addition of a new on-location mobile recording truck, equipped with a state-of-the-art Lawo mc²36 MkII mixing desk.

The entire vehicle is based on RAVENNA / AES67 technology, which gives a level of flexibility not available in the broadcast sector before. The smallest stagebox is 1RU and offers eight microphone inputs, 4 line outputs, and is powered by PoE. This makes it suitable for distributed use and can replace long analog multicores.

Choosing the Lawo mc²36 MkII All-in-One production console gave access to its A__UHD core technology, offering 256 processing channels available at both 48 and 96 kHz, making it possible to master even large orchestral productions. The all-in-one mixer natively supports ST2110, AES67, RAVENNA and Ember+. With an I/O capacity of up to 864 channels and local I/Os, the mc²36 MkII offers extensive connectivity, including 3 redundant IP network interfaces, 16 Lawo-quality mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs, 8 AES3 inputs and outputs, 8 GPIO connectors and an SFP MADI port.

Demands on the monitoring environment are high, so a superstructure with very elaborate acoustical treatment was mounted on a truck chassis, with the outer shell and interior isolated from each other and fitted with thick, 10cm insulation. Designed for “immersive audio”, the truck can accommodate mixing for Dolby Atmos and is fitted with a 7.1.4 sound system.

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