|Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 10:41 am|
Pittsburgh-based NEP Supershooters has purchased two Calrec Artemis Beam mixing consoles for its all-Calrec fleet. They will be installed in two HD trucks, ND5 and ND6, that will get rolling in the spring, headed for NHL hockey, golf, and other sports events on NBC, Versus, and Golf Channel. Supershooters, with more than 60 OB units worldwide, is Calrec’s oldest and largest customer in the U.S.
“Because the desks support the MADI interface, we can move up to 64 audio signals across one fiber/coax cable,” says NEP Broadcasting CTO George Hoover. “So, instead of running big, fat, heavy cables across a stadium, we can just run a few thin lines — which are sometimes already installed. It makes for easier setup and more-elegant interfacing among audio consoles, routing switchers, and multitrack audio recorders. Plus, Calrec consoles have the highest density of processing, which is important in a truck, where you need a very powerful, capable desk in a very small footprint.”
He adds that the Artemis Beam’s store-and-recall capability saves hours of time in setting up for shows that NEP has done before. Also, Calrec’s Hydra2 networking allows I/O boxes to be located close to the audio sources. With preamps and network conversion close to the source but controlled remotely from the console, mic-level signals are not traveling long distances, which results in better audio quality.
“There’s no way we could do the level of sophisticated audio that happens today in sports entertainment without these tools,” Hoover says. “We have a long history with Calrec as their first U.S. broadcast customer, and we own more than 75 desks because they offer the best sound quality and reliability and the maximum number of faders possible within truck spaces. Customers know to look for Calrec in the truck specs, so not having Calrec would be a huge disadvantage in the U.S. OB marketplace.”