Outside Broadcast and Remote Broadcast clients are a core part of Calrec’s customer base – in fact, in Sports Video Group’s annual Gearbase survey, Calrec have come top of the list for audio consoles in HD trucks every single year.

Trucks have very specific requirements which differentiate them from studio environments. Size is the most obvious constraint, which is why Calrec work hard to squeeze more faders into a given space than any other console manufacturer. In fact, Calrec’s Apollo can accommodate 160 physical faders into just 2674mm/105.28″.

Physical rigidity is important, especially when you consider a truck spends most of its working life bouncing along the road. Connectivity continues to evolve, with massive reductions of on-site set up times and and a huge reduction of heavy cabling needed to network a truck on-site. Protocols are more efficient, and the introduction of Calrec’s H2Hub and Fieldbox products enable broadcasters to create complex on-site networks with the minimum of cost, time and cabling.

Detailed console memories reduce set up time, and Calrec’s Hydra2 networking system provides intelligent network management which automatically updates the network infrastructure. This can be especially useful at events such as golf, where there are long cable runs across many kilometres. And of course, built-in redundancy on all critical elements provides absolute peace of mind, especially when you are about to go live to air in a remote part of the country!

Calrec has dedicated itself to catering for this very specific sector of the market, and is the market leader in outside broadcast in both the US and the UK. Talk to us to see what we can do for you.

Ten reasons why Calrec are tremendous in trucks

  1. High Density Fader Pitch
    Calrec consoles packs in more faders in a given physical space than any other broadcast console available. Where space is at an absolute premium, Calrec consoles have the most economical use of premium real estate in the industry.
  2. Robust Design
    Solid desks which are designed for life on the road. Outside broadcast is a rugged environment, and your equipment should be too. Calrec consoles are engineered to the highest of standards to take the rough with the smooth when being transported from venue to venue.
  3. Huge range of dynamics
    Calrec consoles do not skimp on dynamics. Calrec’s custom consoles feature a compressor/limiter/expander/gate and a second compressor/limiter on every channel, giving ultimate control of all signals, at all times. Calrec’s industry-leading mic circuit design virtually guarantees no distortion, and Calrec’s huge range of dynamic headroom can cope with the most excitable of sports announcers!
  4. Massive routing capabilities
    Broadcast consoles are not just audio desks, but routers. In fact, the ability to route signals from any point to any other point quickly and efficiently is key to the success of a broadcast console. From a 10242 router on a Brio, up to 81922 on an Apollo, Calrec’s consoles can handle any routing requirements and still leave resources available for future expansion.
  5. Reliability
    There are no second takes with live broadcasting. Reliability is key, and Calrec has made it a priority in all its consoles. With many redundant features built-in from scratch, and thousands of consoles on-air across the globe, 24 hours a day, Calrec’s reputation for reliability is second to none.
  6. Freelance-friendly
    Calrec is privileged to be the benchmark and standard in many of the world’s leading broadcast territories. Due to this, freelancers are generally very experienced in operating Calrec consoles, which means a wider range of operators can be up and running on a Calrec console without delay.
  7. Powerful, with no DSP sharing
    With an unrivalled number of DSP channels on the flagship Apollo, Calrec consoles are the most powerful available. Combine the channel count with dedicated DSP resources on all channels and it becomes clear why Calrec is the industry leader.
  8. IP compatibility to ensure it evolves with your requirements
    Gone are the days when an audio console was required to simply mix audio. Consoles are integral components on wider networks with adaptable workflows and shareable resources using open standards and established networking technology. Calrec has a range of COTS-compatible products designed around an IP backbone, as well as a number of SMPTE 2110/AES67-compatible products to help customers transition to an IP environment which include extra control levels to allow audio labels and control data to be passed. This gives users the ability to control gain of mic inputs under a variety of network conditions. Wherever you are on your IP journey, Calrec can help you get there.
  9. Immersive mixing formats
    Immersive audio enhances TV engagement for everyone, but increased channel counts and 3D panning requirements are incredibly demanding and require more powerful DSP engines. Luckily, Calrec’s ImPulse can supply both as well as support up to four separate mixing environments, while Calrec’s integrated 3D mixing facilities make it easy to control the 3D image.
  10. Delay flexibility
    Calrec consoles provide comprehensive delay at three separate points in the signal chain; input, output and path delay. This is invaluable on long-haul, multi-venue broadcasts and gives the operator the ability to add the delay at exactly the right point in the chain without using up valuable bussing resources.
  11. Audio Quality (because why stop at ten?)
    While some broadcast consoles focus on functionality at the expense of sonic quality, Calrec has always prioritised both. Calrec’s highly successful Bluefin technology means that sound quality on its smallest consoles is just as stunning as its bigger siblings. Mic-pre’s are clear, transparent and have a fantastic transient response, and while our engineers obsess over the quality of the EQs, compressors and huge dynamic range, they are very focused on ensuring the clearest surface layout possible. In short, with Calrec you get form, function and finesse.

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