Ray of Light: Calrec launches new Artemis console at 2017 NAB Show
24th - 27th April 2017
Las Vegas, USA
“As the world’s largest show covering the creation, management, and delivery of content, NAB is the ultimate venue for us to showcase our brand new Artemis Ray, Brio and RP1 solutions. We look forward to sharing these new technologies with our customers, partners, and new prospects.”
Dave Letson, Vice President of Sales, Calrec Audio
Calrec shines a Ray on the 2017 NAB Show by launching the latest addition to its Artemis family of consoles. Artemis Ray has 456 fully featured input channels — making it more powerful than the Artemis Beam. Further, Artemis Ray can handle up to 72 faders, the same as the larger Artemis Shine model.
Via a brand-new fader/monitor panel, Artemis Ray sports a new surface layout that allows more faders in a reduced surface area. The panel — also available on Artemis Light, Beam, and Shine models — is the same width as a standard Artemis fader panel and includes eight full-size faders to give operators even more control and a higher fader density in a smaller footprint. This configuration saves around 200mm when compared to similar control surfaces.
“We work closely with our customers and listen to their requirements,” said Dave Letson, Calrec’s vice president of sales. “In situations where space is at a premium, like in OB trucks, we understand that a high fader density is not only desirable, but essential.
“Artemis Ray provides the same functionality as previous models, but with more channels and faders in the same footprint. It’s a very powerful combination.”
With the new chassis and fader/monitor panel, Artemis Ray’s 72-fader layout fits into a mere 2372mm (93.39 inches) of space, delivering more power than ever before in such a small footprint.
Capable of operating at multiple sample rates, at 48kHz the Artemis Ray provides up to 456 channel-processing paths, 128 programme buses, 64 IFB/track outputs, and 32 auxiliaries.
The console also features a second compressor/limiter in each channel, more than 70 minutes of assignable delay, and three independent APFL systems for multiple operator use. As with all Calrec designs, these facilities do not share resources — which means they are all available to the user at all times.
“By making the new monitor panel available on all our existing Artemis models, we’re giving our customers access to all of this increased functionality,” Letson added. “Artemis has proved a very popular and reliable workhorse all over the world, and the new Artemis Ray adds even more value.”
Also at NAB will be Calrec’s Brio console, the most powerful and compact digital broadcast audio console in its class, with a comprehensive broadcast feature set that supports a wider breadth of broadcasters. The smallest in Calrec’s Bluefin2 family, Brio is only 892 millimetres wide, and the dual-layer, 36-fader surface provides more faders in a given footprint than any other audio broadcast console.
Based on Calrec’s 20 years of digital development, Brio’s uncluttered, compact, and configurable surface gives instant access to a large number of audio paths whilst an intuitive 15.6-inch HD touch-screen UI provides quick access to more in-depth control. A bank of illuminating hardware rotary controls gives fast and precise control over parameters displayed in the touch-screen UI.
Brio is entirely self-contained, with analogue and digital I/O and GPIO built into the surface. Additional expansion I/O slots allow for further I/O integration, and fitting an available Hydra2 module makes it possible to connect to and share audio over Calrec’s Hydra2 network.
Calrec’s RP1 remote production unit is a unique live-broadcast product that directly addresses an increasingly prevalent requirement for high-quality content from remote locations.
Remote production offers the ability to capture a broader range of live events, such as sports, news, or regional music festivals. Broadcasters cannot always justify the time or expense of sending a dedicated outside broadcast truck and a team of skilled on-site operators for these niche events, but they must always ensure that the same high broadcast standards are met.
Calrec’s RP1 remote production engine is a 2U core that contains integrated, FPGA-based DSP, which enables a console surface at another facility to control all mixing functionality. The RP1 core manages all of the processing for IFB routing and remote monitor mixes, and it does so locally with no latency. This level of integration and remote control makes it simple for any remote mix engineer to set up IFB mixes and eradicates any delay for remote listeners or presenters.
The RP1 core quickly embeds audio into existing video-transport mechanisms, whilst its modular I/O backbone accepts any of Calrec’s I/O cards. This versatility means the RP1 can connect via analogue, AES, MADI, SDI, and the latest AoIP solutions from AES67, Ravenna, Dante, and SMPTE 2022.
Coming soon in 2017
16th - 19th May 2017, KOBA, Seoul, Korea
18th - 19th May 2017, Actual Technologies Expo, Astana, Kazakhstan
23rd - 25th May 2017, Broadcast Asia, Singapore
9th - 10th August 2017, TAB, Texas, USA
23rd - 26th August 2017, BIRTV, Beijing, China
15th - 19th September 2017, IBC, Amsterdam, Netherlands
18th - 20th October 2017, AES/NAB New York, New York, USA
25th - 27th October 2017, Broadcast Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
15th -17th November 2017, Interbee, Tokyo, Japan
29th November - 1st December 2017, NAT Expo, Moscow, Russia