Rio 2016

NBC Olympics Taps Calrec To Provide Audio Gear for Rio Olympic Games

Calrec Audio will enable all audio operations to be networked

NBC Olympics, a division of NBC Sports Group, has selected Calrec to provide seven audio-mixing consoles for its production of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 5-21.

The announcement was made today by Karl Malone, director, sound design, NBC Sports and Olympics, and Dave Letson, VP, sales, Calrec.

Four Calrec Artemis audio consoles will be divided among flypack venues and the International Broadcast Center in Rio.

Four Calrec Artemis audio consoles will be divided among flypack venues and the International Broadcast Center in Rio.

Calrec Audio will supply four Artemis and three Summa consoles to provide full audio mixes for the coverage. Three of the 40-fader Artemis consoles will be stationed at NBC flypack venues to provide coverage of basketball, cycling, triathlon, marathon, volleyball, and diving. The fourth will be based in Audio Control Room X in the compound within the International Broadcast Center in Rio. This console will be in use with venues moving audio and video over IP. One 24+8-fader Summa console will provide the main output in Audio Control Room X; the remaining two will serve as backup in Audio Control Rooms A and B.

In addition, Calrec will supply 26 I/O boxes, creating a comprehensive and fully redundant Hydra2 network, which will provide signal management and full control across MADI and Dante.

“This year is the first time we are connecting with Dante on the Hydra2 network,” said Letson. “And we are delighted to continue this strong innovative relationship as NBC Olympics continues to push the boundaries of sports audio.”

Said Malone, “NBC Olympics is delighted to be working once again with Calrec, their consoles, and their support personnel for our coverage. We look forward to using the latest advancements in Calrec processor technologies, as well as newly updated interfaces, which have been developed based on our feedback and the feedback of many Calrec users worldwide.”