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 specialist broadcast equipment 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, simplify tasks and speed up workflows. This enhanced flexibility and control allows consoles with relatively few physical controls to drive a much greater number of channels, busses and outputs.
All Calrec products are designed, manufactured and tested at Calrec’s Nutclough Mill headquarters in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England. From original concept through R&D to state-of-the-art production, every step of the manufacturing process and every element of development is carried out in-house. This ensures the absolute integrity of the product development process, and guarantees a quality standard unsurpassed in the broadcast console marketplace.
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.
AoIP interconnections provide more flexible and elegant replacements and offer greater capacity, flexibility and multicast possibilities – and on an infrastructure shared with other services. Calrec provides a variety of networking interfaces, including an AES67/Ravenna interface, an AVB interface, and a modular I/O Dante card that also has AES67 compatibility. In addition, Calrec customers can interface with a SMPTE 2022-6 video interface.
Moreover, Calrec customers can interface with multiple protocols at the same time. For example, a signal can be received via AES67 and then sent out via SMPTE 2022, AVB, Ravenna, Dante, or AES67. Signal-processing takes place via modular cards or 1U boxes.