Celebrating 50 years in audio, Calrec Audio supplies audio broadcast mixing which are relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. Formed as a microphone manufacturer in 1964, Calrec’s reputation for build quality, reliability and audio performance has made them an industry benchmark across the world.
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.
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.
In the current fast paced, technologically progressive era, modern broadcasters demand more versatility and integration from their audio equipment. TV companies need to ensure that their systems can produce programmes efficiently and to required specifications. For their audio systems to be able to achieve this, greater consideration has to be given to their networks as a whole and how efficiently they can be controlled.
Calrec has designed its range of consoles to meet these demands.
The Apollo, Artemis and Summa consoles all leverage the increased power of FPGA technology, providing more digital audio channels for 5.1 Surround production and more user-friendly control surfaces to deal with them.
These control surfaces are flexible to accommodate operator’s needs – and in the case of Summa, the intuitive and straightforward user interface simplifies tasks and speeds up workflow. This enhanced flexibility and control allows consoles with relatively few physical controls to drive a much greater number of channels, busses and outputs.
Calrec consoles have an excellent reputation for reliability and on-air stability. Unlike many other consoles which claim redundant features, Calrec provides on-line redundant hardware for all critical systems as standard. DSP, router, processing and PSU cards are all hot pluggable and supplied with hot spares as standard, and are all contained within a single, lightweight, space saving, energy-conscious 8U or 4U rack.
Interoperability, the concept of data being shared freely between video and audio equipment, is increasingly seen as central to future audio networks. Transport protocols such as AVB and Ravenna continue to develop and mature, and Calrec will continue to take an agnostic approach to these technologies with a view to providing greater interoperability to its customers.