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Sapphire Specifications

Control Panel

  • Available as desk top or integrated version
  • Up to 60 motorised 100 mm faders
  • Operation possible with multiple operating layers (multi-layer, up to 120 virtual faders)
  • Panel version with rotary and key extensions available as upgrade
  • Optional visual extension with multitouch function to display channel levels and operation modules

System core

  • Modular plug-in card system based on the DALLIS I/O system
  • Central motherboard with integrated control system and signal processing (redundantly designed as an option)
  • Integrated matrix with up to 512 inputs and outputs (non-blocking, 384 MADI + 128 DALLIS I/O slots)
  • PC-independent and fan-free operation
  • Optional redundant power supply

Signal Processing

  • Integrated routing matrix, 768x768 crosspoints, non-blocking, transparent routing 96 mono DSP input channels (stereo, surround or simulcast coupling possible) with input gain, panpot / balance, direct out and insert
  • 128 DSP modules ( 96 on input channels, 32 on sums, coupling possible like input channels)
    • EQ (3 fully parametric bands and 2 filters)
    • Dynamic units (gate , expander and compressor)
    • Limiter
    • Delay (up to 340 ms with switchable units: metres, ms or frames
  • 80 mono summing busses (stereo or 5.1 coupling possible)
  • 500 metres (mono, stereo and surround coupling possible) with loudness function on sums and channels
  • 64 mini-mixers
  • 32 DeEssers (mono)
  • Integrated Intercom matrix with up to 64 talkback stations


  • Analog Mic / Line (transformer or el. balanced)
  • Headset (incl. VCA interface)
  • AES / EBU (AES3) with and without sampling rate converter (SRC)
  • ADAT® (ADAT® is a registered trademark of Alesis, LLC and is used here under license.)
  • Serial data transfer (RS232, RS422, MIDI)
  • GPIO (OC, Relay, VCA)
  • 2 or 6 MADI ports on the masterboard
    IP codec
  • AES67/RAVENNA Audio-over-IP option


  • Wordclock input and internal generator
  • Optional via MADI
  • Supported sample rates 48 kHz and 44.1 kHz


  • Up to 5 PFL busses
  • Surround sources (5.1 or 5.1+2) and busses (5.1)
  • Integrated mix-minus /conference logic
  • Freely programmable logic core (redlight, faderstart, program switch, TB integration, etc.)
  • IP-based and serial interface for interaction with radio automation systems (“sapphire” operating mode)
  • IP-based and serial interface for matrix control ("Nova17" operating mode)
  • Controller and Routing matrix optionally redundant
  • Ember+ interface for integration with master control systems
  • Optional MIDI interface for interaction with audio workstations (HUI protocol e. g. for ProTools™)
  • Remote control of external Lawo matrices possible (e. g. source selection)
  • Optional control via touch screen (VisTool)
  • Optional graphic matrix control (NovaConnect)

Configuration and Maintenance

  • Software for system configuration and logic programming
  • Remote control of nearly all console functions with the help of VisTool, also via VPN
  • Integrated web server for system diagnosis
  • Dedicated SW tool for performing software updates
  • Remote maintenance via IP

Subject to change without prior notice, no responsibility is taken for the correctness of the details provided.

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