Calrec Audio Spotlights Virtualized Solutions For “At Home” Production

At the 2019 NAB Show Calrec Audio will showcase its latest virtualized solutions for remote “At Home” productions, headless consoles and seamless IP integration. This includes the VP2 headless mixing system, the RP1 2U rackmount broadcasting mixing system, and its modular IP-based system called Type R.

Dave Letson,Calrec’s vide president of sales, said the goal is to help broadcasters streamline workflows, reduce downtime on consoles, improve cost efficiency and expand their coverage, all while integrating its technology with other equipment via open source transport mechanisms.

Calrec’s VP2 is a virtualized mixing system that has no physical work surface and utilizes Calrec’s Assist software for setup and control. The VP2’s 4U core comes in three DSP sizes; 128, 180 and 240 input channels and incorporates Calrec’s powerful Hydra2 networking solution. Calrec Serial Control Protocol (CSCP) can allow the audio console to be completely controlled by an automation system.

VP2 enables stations to reap many of the benefits of using a Calrec console, but without a physical control surface. Control and setup are via Calrec’s Assist software, which can be accessed from multiple locations via a web-browser. The technical director/operator can be given basic control functions whereas an engineer can delve deeper to fine tune the setup or recall different setups as needed.

Calrec will also show its new RP1, a fully featured broadcast mixing system in a 2U rackmount box that also contains Calrec’s Bluefin2 FPGA-based high-density DSP processing card. The company said RP1 provides solutions to the three major challenges in remote production workflows—latency, transport and control. On-board DSP enables the generation of monitor mixes and IFBs onsite with no latency, Hydra2 interfaces provide a mechanism to output audio in a variety of formats and Calrec’s True Control gives an operator in a remote studio direct control over channel functions.

Finally the company will spotlight its Type R modular IP-based mixing system, which utilizes standard networking technology and combines it with configurable soft panels. It provides simple customization across established networks, open control protocols and surface personalization. Type R can be used without a physical surface with control and setup via Calrec’s browser-based Assist application and is fully compatible with automated systems using CSCP.

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