NEP Adds Calrec Console to Latest OB Unit

NEP, a Pittsburgh, Penn.-based mobile production and full-service facilities company has installed Calrec Apollo and Artemis audio consoles into a new OB truck to cover professional golf and football in the U.S.

George Hoover, chief technology officer of NEP Group, said that they chose Calrec equipment to help overcome some significant audio challenges in golf coverage.

“One is simply the physical size of the course and distances involved,” he said. “Another is an extremely wide dynamic range, from dead-quiet except for birds and crickets chirping to huge roars from the crowd. In addition, golf events run up to 10 hours and cover multiple days, which can drain the batteries in field boxes. Finally, it's difficult to move around on the course once play begins, so reliability is very important.”

NEP has used Calrec consoles across its fleet since 1996.

The Apollo and Artemis consoles are installed in the B unit, handling the main mix and effects mixes, respectively. Hydra2 gives NEP full control of the preamps directly from the desk, eliminating the need for an audio assistant to run around tweaking preamps on the course, and it networks the two desks together to enable source sharing. 
These field boxes are critical to NEP’s setup. Golf coverage calls for having many microphones on the course, particularly for 18-hole coverage at the majors. 



Calrec designed a new compact and ruggedized Hydra2 Fieldbox with looping network connections—a feature that is ideal for golf events where microphones are placed one or two at a time in numerous locations. Key benefits include the elimination of external battery-powered preamps and a reduction in the amount of copper cable required. 
NEP has assigned about a dozen field boxes of various sizes and configurations to this new OB unit and can call upon its worldwide inventory for especially large events. The unit covered two golf events in mid-August and then transitioned to “Thursday Night Football.”

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