Calrec Assist® is a free suite of patented iPad® apps, a range of assistive mixing tools designed to simplify the job of tracking the on-field audio during sports events, providing an alternative approach for highly experienced operators while allowing those with less experience to create a quality mix very simply.
One of the many tasks the audio operator must manage is the capture of all of the important on-pitch events while minimizing the amount of crowd and venue noise. The operator follows the action using a mentally challenging workflow that requires projecting a 2D location on the pitch onto the 1D row of faders on the desk, fading up only the most appropriate microphones for that moment in time.
The Assist suite of iPad apps take advantage of Calrec’s CSCP remote control protocol to simplify workflow and provide operators with new ways to interface with Calrec consoles.
Soccer and Ice Hockey Assist allow operators the opportunity to simplify the complex tasks of tracking audio during a game, providing an alternative approach for highly experienced operators while allowing those with less experience to create a quality mix very simply. Control is intuitive and straightforward. After defining the position and direction of the pitch microphones around an aerial image of a field of play on the display, the operator simply touches the corresponding area on the screen to indicate one or more locations of interest. Soccer and Ice Hockey Assist then calculates the optimal contribution from each microphone to best capture events at those locations and moves the appropriate faders on the desk. The operator can take over control of the faders manually at any time, maintaining complete control.
Fader Assist allows operators to remotely control fader level, PFL, cut/on and aux/main routing on all Calrec Bluefin2 consoles. The ability to remotely control these fader functions from any location within a Wi-Fi range provides a new level of flexibility and convenience for both mixing and set up.
“In today’s busy production environments, there is increasing pressure on operators to create a more immersive viewing experience,” says Calrec’s Head of Sales Henry Goodman. “One of the many tasks the audio operator must manage is capturing all important events during live sporting occasions while maintaining a steady background level of crowd and venue noise. Calrec has developed these apps as an assistive tool to ease the pressure in this demanding working environment.”
Available now on the App Store via the download links on this page, or get more information from our downloads page.