Calrec Audio New Products for IBC 2013


"As a member of the AVnu Alliance, Calrec has worked closely with fellow alliance members to come up with a professional-quality standard that addresses Ethernet's most serious shortcomings as a transport stream for audio. At IBC2013 we will demonstrate the fruits of that labor and the power of AVB through our Hydra2 audio routing system. By incorporating AVB into Hydra2, we've added a new and important layer of versatility to the system." — Henry Goodman, Head of Sales and Marketing, Calrec

Soccer Sidekick Audio Mixing Tool
At IBC2013, Calrec will launch its patented Soccer Sidekick iPad® app, an assistive mixing tool designed to simplify the job of tracking the on-field audio during a soccer game. It provides an alternative approach for highly experienced operators while allowing those with less experience to create a quality mix very simply.

One of the many tasks the audio operator must manage is the capture of all of the important on-pitch events while minimizing the amount of crowd and venue noise. The operator follows the action using a mentally challenging workflow that requires projecting a 2D location on the pitch onto the 1D row of faders on the desk, fading up only the most appropriate microphones for that moment in time. Soccer Sidekick provides a more intuitive and straightforward interface to assist the operator in this task. After defining the position and direction of the pitch microphones around an aerial image of a pitch on the display, the operator simply touches the corresponding area on the screen to indicate one or more locations of interest. The Soccer Sidekick then calculates the optimal contribution from each microphone to best capture events at those locations and moves the appropriate faders on the desk. The operator can take over control of the faders manually at any time, maintaining complete control.


Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) for Hydra2
At IBC2013, Calrec will demonstrate Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) via an interface card in a Hydra2 modular I/O rack. This interface allows signals to be sent over standard networks to other AVB-compliant equipment, such as Riedel's intercom systems. Because communication between equipment is made over a local area network (LAN), many of which already exist in building infrastructures, users can achieve greater interoperability more easily.

AVB is a Layer 2 protocol that supports various channel and latency options on 100 Mb or Gigabit Ethernet. The unique innovation of AVB is that it is designed to make use of a number of extensions to the Ethernet standard (referred to collectively as IEEE802.1), which are designed to support real-time streaming services. This capability means that bandwidth can be reserved through network paths to lock down switching resources and ensure streaming-friendly packet-queuing and forwarding behavior.


Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world's most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec.