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Northwestern University in Qatar Adds Superior Sound Mixing with Calrec Artemis Light

Looking to create a teaching environment based on the latest technologies and workflows for the benefit of its students, the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) has installed a Calrec Audio Artemis Light console and Hydra2 network for the school’s new state-of-the-art video production facility. The Artemis Light brings robust audio processing capabilities to fully automated operation, and is the first of its kind completely dedicated to broadcast education.

Calrec said that the new NU-Q production facility is so advanced that it has received acclaim from some of the biggest names in the industry, including Al Jazeera and Pinewood Studios.

NU-Q’s broadcast studios are sound stages that can also double as recording studios, so they had to be built to very high specs. The Artemis desk and the Hydra2 network devices give students the best possible learning experience on equipment they're most likely to encounter in their future broadcasting careers. The facility features six studio spaces, four control rooms, more than 25 postproduction suites, and two computer editing labs. 

The school's newsroom is the first in Qatar to be fully automated, with robotic systems that enable a single operator to run an entire show.

The school's newsroom is the first in Qatar to be fully automated, with robotic systems that enable a single operator to run an entire show.

The recently completed newsroom is the first in Qatar — even among commercial broadcast facilities — to be fully automated, with robotic systems that enable a single operator to run an entire show. The Artemis, together with a Grass Valley switcher and a ChyronHego graphics system, is controlled by a Grass Valley Ignite automated production solution. This tight integration means operators can access the full audio capabilities of the Artemis and run the desk seamlessly from the fader wings on the Ignite automation panel.

The Hydra2 system provides the audio networking infrastructure for the NU-Q facility and integrates virtually every key system. Hydra2 links the studios with the 7.1 mixing suites, connecting mixing consoles via MADI interfaces. An Evertz MAGNUM control system is also connected over Hydra2 and routes audio signals from the Artemis. And for monitoring and control, the Artemis transmits data from SNMP traps via Hydra2 to an Evertz VistaLINK system.

The Calrec Hydra2 system enables full and seamless integration of multiple vendors' solutions — a critical requirement for NU-Q — and it delivers the flexibility for any control room to control any studio or multiple studios. NU-Q can locate Hydra2 I/O boxes wherever they're needed to reduce cabling between studios.

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