Calrec Audio has released a major software upgrade for its Bluefin2 range of consoles. The Apollo and Artemis platforms now include a new suite of features and enhancements that provide additional functionality tailored to the changing dynamics of modern broadcast.
Calrec Audio made a major sale to Television Technical Center Ostankino (TTC), the largest television studio facility and broadcast production company in Russia. TTC has purchased four Apollo consoles and four Artemis Light consoles to date as part of a two-year project to upgrade all 11 studios in its Moscow facility.
Calrec Audio supplied the audio console that handled surround-sound routing for a full-scale, live-to-air production of Mozart’s opera “The Abduction From the Seraglio” in two hangars at Salzburg Airport — an event that the host broadcaster called “Austria’s most complex, prestigious, and important audio event in 2013.” German outside broadcast (OB) company TVN Group along with cooperative partner Euro TV were responsible for the live broadcast during the 2013 Salzburg Festival. TVN installed an Artemis Beam console in a separate on-site audio container to handle the 5.1 music mix for the production and Calrec Hydra I/O boxes to feed the console.
Longtime Calrec customer Maryland Public Television (MPT) has won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Audio from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its mix of “America’s Veterans: A Musical Tribute,” an hour-long concert that was broadcast live on Maryland Public Television in Fall 2012. The show, featuring The United States Air Force (USAF) Band and the Singing Sergeants with guest stars Ruben Studdard and Anthony Kearns, was mixed live to air using two identical Calrec Alpha digital consoles, while a Calrec Hydra box provided additional I/O.
Calrec Audio has sold its first console in Lebanon to Beirut-based production company Hedgehog for use in the country’s first high-definition outside broadcast (OB) truck. An Artemis Light console was installed into Hedgehog’s first OB truck to complement the HD video with high-quality audio for all its mobile TV production projects, including live television shows, sports, and entertainment events, many for broadcasting giant MBC.
Calrec has announced the sale of its fourth audio console to outside broadcast (OB) company CSP Mobile Productions. The rapidly growing Maine-based company is installing an Artemis Light console in its new HD truck, its fourth new HD truck in less than three years for its all-Calrec HD fleet. The new truck, which rolls out Dec. 1, will cover sports including MLS, NBA and college basketball, NHL and college hockey, football, Major League Baseball, and Major League Lacrosse games, as well as live entertainment events.
Token Creek Also Purchases Artemis Beam Desk
Calrec has sold its first Callisto audio console, a new console launched at IBC 2013, to outside broadcast (OB) company Token Creek Mobile Television. The Wisconsin-based OB company also purchased a Calrec Artemis Beam console. The Callisto will be installed in a new truck destined to cover high school and college sports and corporate and entertainment events, among others. The Artemis Beam has been installed in an existing HD unit that covers a wide variety of sports and entertainment events.
At IBC2013 (stand 8.C58) Calrec launches Callisto, a brand new audio console for live broadcasters. Callisto is designed for broadcast professionals who need to produce creative and engrossing broadcast audio easily, but may not require as many resources as the company’s Apollo and Artemis consoles.
Calrec Audio announces repeat business from NTV-PLUS, a Russian subscription satellite and HD service that broadcasts sports, news, movies, documentaries, and children’s TV. NTV-PLUS has installed two more Artemis Beam consoles and a Hydra2 router core in its Moscow studios. The new gear will enable NTV-PLUS to produce 5.1 surround sound and share consoles among its four studios with full redundancy. NTV-PLUS became Calrec’s first customer in Russia when it purchased its first two Artemis Beam desks last year.
North American outside broadcasting (OB) giant MIRA Mobile Television has purchased two more Calrec Omega digital audio consoles for two of its OB trucks. The purchase brings MIRA’s total number of Calrec desks to seven, making Calrec the dominant audio-console brand in its fleet. The trucks with the recently installed Omega consoles cover sports in the region and are scheduled to work with Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, and the National Football League over the next month.