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Calrec To Show New Features For Remote Production Unit RP1

Broadcasters cannot always justify the expense of sending a dedicated remote production truck and a team of skilled on-site operators for niche events, like as sports, news, or regional music festivals. The Calrec RP1audio mixing console surface enables key staff to mix the audio from the home studio just as they would if on location.

To address this, Calrec Audio has developed RPI, a 2 RU remote production system that directly addresses an increasing requirement for high-quality content from remote locations. RP1 contains integrated FPGA-based DSPs that enable a remotely located audio mixing console surface to control all mixing functionality at another facility (or as a remote event. The RP1 core manages all the processing for IFB routing and remote monitor mixes, and, according to Calrec, it does so locally with no latency. This level of integration and remote control makes it simple for any remote mix engineer to set up IFB mixes and eradicates any delay for remote listeners or presenters.

The RP1 core quickly embeds audio into existing video-transport mechanisms, while its modular I/O backbone accepts any of Calrec's I/O cards. This versatility means the RP1 can connect via analog, AES, MADI, SDI, and the latest AoIP solutions such as AES67, Ravenna, and Dante.

At the 2018 NAB Show, Calrec will show a suite of new features on the RP1. These include a 2-band filter and 4-band EQ, expander and gate facilities, compressor and sidechain EQ facilities, direct output for all remote faders (up to 5.1 wide), and remote auxes via Calrec Assist.

The RP1 core quickly embeds audio into existing video-transport mechanisms, while its modular I/O backbone accepts any of Calrec's I/O cards. Click to enlarge.

The RP1 core quickly embeds audio into existing video-transport mechanisms, while its modular I/O backbone accepts any of Calrec's I/O cards. Click to enlarge.

The new software also provides VCA master control from the host console and pairing of transmission and remote faders so that any fader/cut changes are applied to both TX and IFB paths on to remote faders and remote auxes. A new “blocking” mode prevents the RP1 unit from affecting the paired transmission faders, while the "independent" mode ensures the RP1 can operate independently of the host when required.

Nab 2018 will also mark the U.S. debut of Calrec’s new Brio 12 Compact Audio Mixer, a12-fader audio mixer that offers the same feature set and mix capabilities as its larger predecessor, the Brio36, which has been embraced by many broadcasters around the world.

Brio 12 meets the demand for a broadcast mixer that can be used in very tight spaces like small vans and compact control rooms, and at under 18 inches wide (450mm), it is slim enough to fit into standard racks or to be stowed out of the way when not in use.

Brio 12 is ideally suited to small-scale productions, or as a sub-mixer or backup mixer for larger productions. With 12 physical dual-layer faders for mixing live sources during broadcast, Brio 12 provides extra virtual faders via its user-friendly UI. A generous 48-input channels and the same buss count as the Brio36 give this console the capacity required for sub-mixes and VCA slaves. These capabilities also make it ideal for production environments requiring automated control over every fader.

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