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Putting Sound in the Picture

In the current fast paced, technologically progressive era, modern broadcasters demand more versatility and integration from their audio equipment. TV companies need to ensure that their systems can produce programmes efficiently and to required specifications. For their audio systems to be able to achieve this, greater consideration has to be given to their networks as a whole and how efficiently they can be controlled.

Calrec has designed its range of consoles to meet these demands.

The Apollo, Artemis , Summa and Brio consoles all leverage the increased power of FPGA technology, providing more digital audio channels for 5.1 Surround production and more user-friendly control surfaces to deal with them.

These control surfaces are flexible to accommodate operator’s needs - and in the case of Summa, the intuitive and straightforward user interface simplifies tasks and speeds up workflow. This enhanced flexibility and control allows consoles with relatively few physical controls to drive a much greater number of channels, busses and outputs.

Calrec consoles have an excellent reputation for reliability and on-air stability. Unlike many other consoles which claim redundant features, Calrec provides on-line redundant hardware for all critical systems as standard. DSP, router, processing and PSU cards are all hot pluggable and supplied with hot spares as standard, and are all contained within a single, lightweight, space saving, energy-conscious 8U or 4U rack.


Hydra2 links the Apollo, Artemis, Summa and Brio consoles to their integral crosspoint routers, and on to more complex networks if required. Offering up to 512 bi-directional channels Hydra2 makes connecting resources very straightforward. Audio interfaces and consoles may be added and removed without the need for manual intervention making new resources available to console operators instantaneously.