Malaysia’s Astro Awani Gets Country’s First Calrec Audio Console

Astro Awani, a 24-hour news and information channel in Malaysia, has taken delivery of the first Calrec Audio console in the country. JAA Systems Sdn Bhd (JAA.S) sold the Calrec Brio Audio console just one month after being appointed as Calrec’s exclusive distributor in the region.

The new Brio console has already gone live for news and talk shows.

Rizal Ali, senior assistant Vice president, technical operation-management at Astro Awani, said the staff had just six hours of downtime to switch from their old mixer to the Calrec Brio console. With the help of JAA.S, the new console was installed and brought online very quickly.

JAA.S, Calrec's distributor for Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, provides sales and service including 24/7 phone support and other direct on-site support.

David Chan, director at JAA.S, said getting the first customer was a challenge, but they hope the new sale will prompt other broadcasters in the region to adopt Calrec consoles for their studio and live productions.

“With a broadcaster as respected as Astro Awani providing the benchmark, other broadcasters will gain awareness and confidence in the Calrec brand,” he said. “I'm certain that further exposure to Brio and other Calrec consoles will drive rapid and meaningful growth throughout our territory.”

As the smallest and most cost-effective console in Calrec’s Bluefin2 family, Brio’s control surface measures 892 mm (approx. 35 inches) wide with a 36 dual-layer fader surface. It features both analog and digital I/O connectivity, and GPIO, built into the surface (additional expansion I/O slots are also included), as well as lots of delay resources, dynamics, integrated talkback, and multiple monitor outputs.

A Hydra2 module can be fitted to connect to and share audio over Calrec’s Hydra2 network. This means Hydra2’s sophisticated management facilities can be utilized for network-wide control, including interfacing with multiple Video and Audio over IP networks such as SMPTE2022, Dante, AES67, Ravenna and Soundgrid. This protects the system against any future formats that may emerge and allows the console to sit on multiple networks simultaneously if desired.

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