Increased competition in the broadcast market is forcing broadcasters to produce more and more original programming, and to enrich the viewer experience at the same time with immersive audio and OTT content. These changes are increasing broadcasters’ processing overheads, while at the same time their budgets are being squeezed.
To meet these changing needs of modern production, processing equipment needs to be flexible, scalable, and most importantly, able to be deployed more efficiently.
Audio networking technologies like Calrec’s Hydra2 helped to break the traditional hard ties between control room and studio. It allowed shows to be produced from any control room, regardless of which studio they are in, providing redundancy and more efficient utilisation of control room equipment. Products like Calrec’s RP1 Remote Production unit take this a step further by allowing remote locations to be virtualised within a broadcast facility, greatly reducing the quantity and complexity of equipment and staffing needed at event venues. These technologies allow for efficiency improvements by minimising the down-time of equipment between productions, and vastly speeding up setup time.
The next step is to break the hard ties between control room and equipment room, allowing the processing equipment to be deployed for any production, in any control room. By being able to have processing equipment switch between different production control rooms, down time is further minimised and the return on capital expenditure is maximised.
This can be taken a step further still, by having a remote equipment room where space is freed up in studio complexes (which are often located in areas of high property value) and broadcast trucks (where space also comes at a premium).
Processing equipment can be centralised and consolidated, which also allows for engineering skills to be focussed where they’re needed. This server centre model allows processing equipment to be deployed for any production, regardless of its location, and for it to switch between different productions, minimising down-time and maximising the return on capital expenditure even further
At IBC 2018, as a response to these changing demands, Calrec unveiled the Impulse core, a next generation audio processing and routing platform. But what exactly is the Impulse core and how does it fit in broadcast workflows?