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Proshow Broadcast Adds Calrec Brio To Prodigy Truck

Proshow Broadcast, a broadcast and media production company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, has upgraded its Prodigy HD production truck with a Calrec Audio Brio audio mixing console. The Prodigy covers major sporting events, including live telecasts of Pac-12 Network college football, volleyball, and basketball games.

Tim Lewis, president, Proshow Broadcast, said there really is nothing else like the Brio for the price point. “When we heard Calrec would be launching the Brio, we knew it would be perfect for our Prodigy upgrade, especially after we sent three highly respected A1s to the Calrec booth at the NAB Show to take a look at it. All of them said it would be a significant improvement over our old desk.”

A long-time Calrec customer, Proshow Broadcast has had a Calrec Omega console on its largest truck for five years. Lewis said that Calrec desks are so prevalent in the mobile broadcasting world that A1s that are new to his trucks can start right away using the Omega or the Brio without a learning curve.

The Prodigy is Proshow’s oldest truck and has been upgraded in recent months and the Brio made its debut in early September.

The Prodigy is Proshow’s oldest truck and has been upgraded in recent months and the Brio made its debut in early September.

The Brio made its debut in early September for Prodigy's coverage of Canada West football, live from Calgary's McMahon Stadium.

The Brio has given Proshow staff full broadcast functionality for large productions without the need for a bigger and more expensive audio console. The Brio features 64 inputs and outputs and 36 faders supporting multiple audio-over-IP networks—including Dante and AES67—which enables the console to operate as a router and patching system.

“One of the things we love about the Brio is its exceptionally clean design, including the fader layout,” Lewis said. “When designing a compact audio console, manufacturers usually take the approach of 'dumbing down' the functionality. But with Brio, Calrec has taken a full-featured broadcast console and scaled it down, rather than dumbing it down.

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