Calrec’s Artemis, Hydra2 Add Flexibility To MIRA Mobile’s New Production Truck
Calrec’s Artemis Beam audio console has been chosen by outdoor-broadcasting company MIRA Mobile Television for its newest truck, M12HD. The combination of the highly configurable Artemis Beam console and the scalable audio-networking and resource-sharing capabilities of Calrec’s Hydra2 platform has allowed MIRA Mobile to build its most flexible production truck yet.
M12HD, the seventh in MIRA’s HD fleet of 53-ft. expanding trailers, is scheduled to come into service in June. This fall, it will become the primary A-level truck for the Pac-12 Networks, covering marquee college football and basketball matchups. MIRA currently operates nine mobile units (seven HD expandos and two digital expandos). The company maintains offices and/or field shops in Portland, OR, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Vancouver, BC. It has been providing remote television-production services for 30 years, covering regional and national sports events, entertainment programming, and corporate and other special events.
“Pac-12 Networks loved the proposal we made, based on the new truck with the extra potential it offers,” says Bill Duncan, director of engineering for MIRA Mobile. “Although M12HD shares many similarities with our other six large HD trucks, the equipment on board is definitely next-generation technology. Artemis and Hydra2 are at the core — and we aren’t even taking full advantage of the potential yet. We’re excited about where we will be able to go with this technology.”
In previous units, Duncan explains, the input and output architecture was bound to the console, but the Hydra2 unit can be placed anywhere inside or outside the truck — for example, in a B unit, in a separate installation, or in a second, linked truck.
“The massive routing capability that is part and parcel of the system offers enormous flexibility, and, as a result, we’ve changed our design philosophy by making the console the center of the truck’s audio infrastructure.”
The 64-fader Artemis Beam console provides a highly configurable environment that MIRA Mobile’s operators can set up easily to suit their own preferences, using settings stored on a USB stick. Settings can include control-surface preferences and customized routing, enabling operators to instantly configure much of the truck’s patching just by loading their settings into the console.