Calrec Audio Consoles Help Spanish-Language Broadcaster Produce Content For U.S. Viewers

Liberman Broadcasting, the largest privately held, minority-owned Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S., is working with Calrec Audio consoles to produce over 50 hours of original programming each week.

LBI Media produces a series of local and national news shows, including Alarma TV, El Mameluco, iTestigo, Noticiero Cierra de Edicion, Noticiero Estrella TV and En Vivo.

Chris Buchanan, vice president of engineering, Liberman Broadcasting, said LBI Media’s news studios require adaptable, quick to set up and easy to operate audio solutions. In order to shift focus as rapidly as the news itself, the broadcaster has come to rely on Calrec Audio’s Brio 36 and Summa digital audio consoles.

Buchanan said they purchased the Brio 36 console earlier this year for LBI’s newly launched news operation in Dallas (Irving, Texas), while the Summa was acquired last year as part of a much-needed upgrade at its Burbank, California facility.

He added that staff familiar with Calrec consoles can work seamlessly with the rental trucks they use, the majority of which come standard with Calrec consoles.

As with any studio, real estate is important for LBI’s production spaces. The compact form-factor of the Calrec Brio 36 makes it a general-purpose workhorse and its connectivity with the company’s Hydra2 compatible audio networking equipment makes it even more ideal. The Brio 36 provides analog and digital I/O and GPIO, which are built into the surface, making the console ideally suited for broadcast environments.

“With the fast-paced nature of a live news broadcast, having Brio 36’s dedicated broadcast capabilities in our new Dallas location – such as scalable and managed I/O, comprehensive monitoring, surround sound and high-bus quantities, greatly improves workflow,” said Buchanan. “When we replaced the existing console in the video control room with the Calrec Summa in our Burbank facility, the audio engineers there immediately noticed a difference in the quality of the audio.”

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