History

The changing face of broadcast

Since the launch of its first audio console in 1971, Calrec Audio has been exclusively dedicated to the design and manufacture of broadcast audio mixing consoles.

Calrec understands what is most important to modern broadcast facilities, and has constantly strived to ensure its customers are kept one step ahead of the changing needs of the broadcast environment.

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.

Throughout the decades Calrec has earned an outstanding reputation for innovation, and has a well documented history of technological world firsts:

1977: Calrec supplies the world’s first stereo broadcast console.

1978: Calrec launches the Soundfield microphone, the world’s first single point-source microphone capable of recording sound in three-dimensions for surround-compatible playback.

1981: Calrec supplies the word’s first digitally controlled assignable mixing console.

2007: Calrec launches Bluefin, an FPGA-based high-density DSP card, which permits real-time 5.1 surround mixing and processing. Bluefin is available as an upgrade to existing Calrec desks, and improves efficiency by a phenomenal 5000%. This technology is another world first for Calrec.

2009: Calrec unveils Bluefin2, a significant step up from Calrec’s pioneering work with FPGAs for real-time audio DSP processing. Bluefin2 increases DSP capacity to a market-leading 1020 channel processing paths.

2009: Calrec launches Hydra2, allowing the construction of complex routing networks with control software which transparently organises all routing.

Today, broadcasters need more and more digital audio channels at ever-higher resolutions. They need more and more processing power to handle the increase and more assignable, more ergonomic control surfaces to deal with the increased workload that HD – and now 3D – broadcasting demands.

Naturally, Calrec already has the answer to all of these concerns, and is why Calrec’s expertise, experience and technology is trusted and endorsed by the world’s most successful broadcasters.