Calrec is a leading designer and supplier of audio broadcast mixing equipment, relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. Formed as a microphone manufacturer in 1964, Calrec’s reputation for build quality, reliability and audio performance has made it an industry benchmark across the world.

Now, broadcasters demand even more versatility and integration from their audio equipment. In this highly progressive era, TV companies want to ensure that their systems can produce programmes increasingly efficiently and to exacting specifications.

For their audio systems to achieve this, greater consideration has to be given to networks as a whole, and how efficiently they can be controlled.

Calrec understands modern broadcast facilities, and works alongside broadcasters to keep ahead of the changing needs of the broadcast environment.

Calrec’s range of broadcast mixing consoles, remote production and audio networking solutions, its understanding of AoIP and IP infrastructures, and its work with third-party integration, means Calrec is at the epicentre of changing broadcast requirements.

All Calrec products are designed, manufactured and tested at Calrec’s Nutclough Mill headquarters in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England.

From customer research and product develop, through R&D, production and test departments, every element of product development is in-house. This ensures the integrity of the entire process and guarantees a quality standard unsurpassed in the broadcast console marketplace.

 

History

Over the last 50 years, Calrec has earned a reputation for innovation and holds a history of technological world firsts:

1977: Calrec supplies the world’s first stereo broadcast console.

1978: Calrec launches the Soundfield microphone, the world’s first single point-source microphone capable of recording sound in three-dimensions for surround-compatible playback.

1981: Calrec supplies the world’s first digitally controlled assignable mixing console.

2007: Calrec launches Bluefin, an FPGA-based high-density DSP card, which permits real-time 5.1 surround mixing and processing. Bluefin is available as an upgrade to existing Calrec desks, and improves efficiency by a phenomenal 5000%. This technology is another world first for Calrec.

 

2009: Calrec unveils Bluefin2, a significant step up from Calrec’s pioneering work with FPGAs for real-time audio DSP processing. Bluefin2 increases DSP capacity to a market-leading 1020 channel processing paths.

2009: Calrec launches Hydra2, allowing the construction of complex routing networks with control software which organises all routing.

In today’s modern broadcast infrastructures we all need to be adaptable and quick to respond. We need to talk to each other across multiple languages, and we need to support all kinds of changing workflows.

It’s an exciting time to be in broadcast audio, and Calrec is right in the middle of it.

Alongside DiGiCo, Allen & Heath and SSL, Calrec is part of the Audiotonix group of British console companies.

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