IBC 2021: Calrec Returns With Slate of New Products
Calrec is looking forward to meeting up with customers and partners again at IBC 2021 (stand 8.F56). The broadcast market is rapidly evolving as it rises to the challenges of greater competition and the issues created by Covid. At IBC 2021, Calrec will show a range of solutions that enable broadcasters to meet these challenges, with a focus on remote working, virtualization, remote production and IP.
Calrec’s Assist web interface allows operators to mix entire shows from their home or other physical locations. Assist provides comprehensive control for Calrec’s Apollo, Artemis, VP2 virtual production engine and Type R IP core and has been used extensively by many broadcasters to provide remote mixing solutions over the last 18 months.
Assist also provides control for the RP1 Remote Production core, also at IBC. RP1 enables broadcasters to mix live events either on dedicated Calrec hardware or via Assist from a remote facility. This year broadcasters like NBC and the BBC have been able to reduce the number of people they sent to events by using RP1 to mix international sports from studios in Manchester UK and New York. In-ear latency is eradicated by locating RP1’s 2U core at the venue.
Type R and Brio consoles
Calrec’s modular Type R and Brio consoles have also both provided remote working capabilities in the last 18 months.
Type R is an expandable and flexible IP mixing system for small TV and radio stations that uses soft panels to meet specific operator needs. Its three hardware panels can create a variety of system types. It uses Assist to mix in the cloud and it provides facilities for up to three independent mixers to hang off one system core.
Calrec’s rugged and compact Brio Duet and Brio Medley consoles come fully loaded with dynamics and delay on every path and include a huge internal router, multiple monitor outputs and comprehensive built-in I/O.
Apollo, Artemis, ImPulse Core and H2-IP Gateway
Calrec will also show the flagship Apollo console and the Artemis console on an ImPulse core. ImPulse is the most powerful audio processing and routing engine available with SMPTE 2110 connectivity. It is compatible with current Apollo and Artemis control surfaces to provide a simple upgrade path to IP and provides 3D immersive path widths and panning for next-generation audio applications.
The Apollo and Artemis will be networked via Calrec’s H2-IP Gateway, which expands the range of AoIP solutions from Calrec by providing an interface between Calrec’s proprietary Hydra2 network and an AoIP network. It enables audio labels and control data to be passed between both networks to give Hydra2 users the ability to control Calrec AoIP inputs and vice versa.
This gives Calrec customers an easy upgrade path and allows them to upgrade to IP at their own pace.
“We’re thrilled to be able to meet our customers and partners again and we’re excited to tell them what we’ve been up to,” says Calrec VP of Sales Dave Letson. “Since IBC 2019, broadcasters have new problems to solve and Calrec has been working hard through continued investment in R&D, and that’s enabled us to evolve our solutions to help our customers face these challenges. These flexible ways of working are now part of our landscape and are part of network designs from the outset.”