Calrec Artemis for Mobile TV Group and Calrec Apollo for Corplex

Calrec audio consoles are the standard in U.S. HD OB trucks

Mobile TV Group (MTVG) will install Calrec Artemis consoles with Bluefin2 high-density signal processing in their forthcoming new mobile units — 29HDX and 30HDX while Corplex has chosen a Calrec Apollo dual-fader audio mixing console for its newest mobile television production vehicle Chromium.

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Calrec Artemis Consoles Deployed by Mobile TV Group

The Artemis consoles, which offer big power in a small footprint, will provide sports production services primarily for major professional and college sports in the Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh regions.

MTVG decision-makers chose the Calrec Artemis to take advantage of its highly advanced technology, which includes integrated Hydra 2 networking for maximum I/O capacity and flexibility, and a whole host of faders — 64 — on a truck-friendly, compact control surface. MTVG also values Calrec’s outstanding reputation in sports broadcasting, which will contribute to the company’s competitive advantage.

Built on the same architecture as the Calrec Apollo console, the smaller Artemis is powered by Calrec’s proprietary Bluefin2 HDSP, which enables it to offer substantial resources at multiple sample rates. The Hydra2 network uses high-capacity 8192 x 8192 crosspoint routers while making available multiple I/O units to provide analog, AES, MADI, SDI, and Dolby® E formats. All rely on copper or fiber connectivity, and can be fitted with GPIO cards.

More Artemis features are a second compressor/limiter in each channel, 70-plus minutes of assignable delay, and three independent APFL systems to enable use by more than one operator. As always, Calrec engineers have designed the desk’s infrastructure to ensure that every function is available to the user at all times.

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The Mobile TV Group operates one of the United States’ largest fleets of mobile production units, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. With the nation’s highest percentage of HD trucks, MTVG provides mobile units for more than 4,000 sports and entertainment events each year.

“MTVG’s high standards when it comes to production and engineering have earned it a great reputation,” said Henry Goodman, head of sales and marketing at Calrec. “Our Artemis console was designed to keep up with the demands of even the most particular audio engineer in even the most intensive production environment. We’re confident it will do the job and more for MTVG.”

Calrec Apollo Audio Console for for Corplex Chromium

The 128-fader console will drive state-of-the-art audio capabilities in the 53-foot Chromium truck, designed for HD and 3G production of high-profile sports, news, and entertainment events in the U.S. and Canada.

“Apollo is a natural fit for large, demanding shows that require a lot of infrastructure and routing, like the ones where Chromium will be deployed,” said Dave Greany, vice president, Corplex. “Having a second set of faders on the console surface was a big part of the reason we chose Apollo. We get double the number of faders in the same footprint. It’s also scalable, it can link to other resources, and it’s flexible, customizable, and easy to set up. All of those factors make it a brilliant choice for what we do in the mobile TV market.”

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Chromium is designed for postseason televised events, such as baseball, football, basketball, and golf championships, that networks broadcast domestically and internationally. Chromium will also be involved in large compound work, such as championship golf tournaments. Scheduled to go into service in September, one of the first major assignments for Chromium will be the Major League Baseball playoffs and the World Series in October, as well as large shows for NFL Network.

Apollo is Calrec’s top-of-the-line audio console, relying on Bluefin 2 high-density signal processing to provide unrivalled resources at multiple sample rates. Bluefin 2 gives Apollo up to 1,020 channel processing paths, 128 program busses, 96 IFB/track outputs, and 48 auxiliaries. Apollo provides unsurpassed processing power and a control surface with OLED displays, touchscreens, and light-emitting knobs that detail function and status. Apollo’s I/O functions are performed by Calrec’s Hydra2 audio routing system, which uses high-capacity 8192² cross-point routers and a variety of I/O units.

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“Corplex has the first Calrec Alpha console put into field service and we recently upgraded it to Bluefin,” said Jim Wilmer, Calrec director of sales for the Americas. “They’ve been a long-term, loyal customer, and it’s very rewarding that they once again chose Apollo when it came time to expand their fleet.”

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