There is a rising demand to provide alternatives to traditional broadcast workflows for some applications. This has come in many forms including remote production, headless consoles and IP integration. Calrec can help broadcasters streamline workflows, reduce downtime on consoles, improve cost efficiency and expand variety of coverage, plus integrate with other equipment via open source transport mechanisms.


VP2 is Calrec’s virtualised mixing system. VP2 has no physical control surface and utilises Calrec’s Assist software for setup and control. VP2’s 4U core comes in three DSP sizes; 128, 180 and 240 input channels and incorporates Calrec’s powerful Hydra2 networking solution. Calrec Serial Control Protocol (CSCP) can allow the audio console to be completely controlled by an automation system.

VP2 enables the station to reap many of the benefits of using a Calrec console, but without a physical control surface. Control and setup is via Calrec’s Assist software, which can be accessed from multiple locations via a web-browser. The technical director/operator can be given basic control functions whereas an engineer can delve deeper to fine tune the setup or recall different setups as needed.


RP1 is a broadcast mixing system in a 2U rackmount box, containing Calrec’s award-winning Bluefin2 processing. Calrec’s RP1 provides solutions to the three major challenges in remote production workflows – latency, transport and control. On-board DSP enables the generation of monitor mixes and IFBs onsite with no latency, Hydra2 interfaces provide a mechanism to output audio in a variety of formats and Calrec’s True Control gives an operator in a remote studio direct control over channel functions.

Type R

Type R is a modular, expandable, IP-based mixing system, which utilises standard networking technology and combines it with configurable soft panels that can be tailored to operator needs. It provides simple customisation across established networks, open control protocols and surface personalisation. Type R can be used without a physical surface with control and setup via Calrec’s browser-based Assist application and is fully compatible with automated systems using CSCP.

You can see some of the benefits of Virtualised Production here.

Ten reasons why Calrec is the virtuoso of virtual

  1. Remote Production Pioneers
    Remote Production can help to minimise costs and increase output, while at the same time main-tain quality. Calrec was one of the first audio companies to invest in the development of Remote Production. Working closely with broadcasters to solve the challenges of control, latency and transport, Calrec created the RP1, which is now an integral component in many broadcasters’ international workflows.
  2. VP2
    Headless consoles give broadcasters all the power and functionality of a full-size console in a more flexible format, and a much smaller form factor. Calrec’s VP2 is a headless console that gives all the power and functionality of a Calrec console in a 4U core. Control and setup is via Calrec’s browser-based app, Assist, and it can be integrated with broadcast automation systems and 3rd party controllers.
  3. Assist
    Calrec’s browser-based Assist app gives extremely detailed control for operation and setup on ImPulse, Type R, RP1 and VP2 in headless operations. It can also be used as an offline setup tool, and allows access to the controls on a physical console surface.
  4. Multiple control surfaces
    Both ImPulse and Type R can support multiple consoles from a single core allowing for the core to be physically located away from the mix environment, and for the DSP to be allocated where and when it is needed. This can be managed between shows and provides greater cost savings and flexibility to a variety of workflows.
  5. Cost saving
    Not having a control surface saves on cost. Flexible DSP allocations save costs. Remote Pro-duction saves costs. Simple as that.
  6. Space saving
    If you don’t have a control surface then you don’t have to house it. In broadcast facilities where space is at a premium, this means there doesn’t have to be any compromise in quality.
  7. Flexibility
    The ability to allocate DSP across multiple consoles, and even remove the control surface completely, gives broadcasters enormous flexibility. For commercial studios who’s business model re-lies on flexible studio and control room allocations across a range of productions, this makes planning and implementation of multiple productions very simple and very easy.
  8. Automation
    As with any Calrec console, all virtual solutions can integrate with news automation systems for virtual news mixing and operate via CSCP. Calrec consoles allow controllers such as GV Ignite and Ross Overdrive. If a broadcaster only requires a small number of faders, more affordable 3rd party fader packs can be used to open and close faders to save money.
  9. All the benefits of owning a Calrec console
    All the features of a Calrec console are available to the broadcaster so there doesn’t have to be any compromise on quality or power.
  10. Router control automation
    In a fast-paced and dynamic broadcast environment, quick audio routing can be essential. That’s why all VP2 features a 1-to-n router that allows any source to be routed to one or even all destinations, whatever you may require. VP2 also supports external control via SW-P-08, so you can combine the power of Hydra2 patching with external controllers to integrate your mixer into your workflow, seamlessly.

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