Calrec Dual-Fader Apollo Deployed in NEP Denali’s Latest Stateside Truck
“There’s not a lot of parking at the Kennedy Center or at Radio City in Manhattan,” said George Hoover, NEP Broadcasting’s chief technology officer. “So the audio is handled out of one audio room with a single mixer doing both the podium portion of the awards show as well as all the music. The mixer may have dozens of wireless microphones on the talent plus playback elements and the orchestra. To get the job done, he needs a powerful desk with multiple layers and multiple faders on the main control surface — and that describes the Calrec Apollo.”
NEP is virtually an all-Calrec house. The company considers other manufacturers when it buys new audio consoles, but consistently chooses Calrec. Key selling points for the Apollo were its distinctive dual-fader technology, which simplifies a big show for a mixer by giving him or her fast access to the maximum number of controls. More pluses were reasonable weight; integrated Hydra2 networking, which unifies I/O whether it’s inside or outside the truck; reliability; sound quality, and client-attracting state-of-the-art technology.
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. At 48 kHz, Bluefin2 gives Apollo up to 1,020 channel processing paths, 128 program busses, 96 IFB/track outputs, and 48 auxiliaries.
“With its exclusive focus on entertainment events, NEP Denali has earned an outstanding reputation as well as standing invitations to provide HD and digital facilities for major award shows and other live broadcasts,” said Jim Wilmer, Calrec director of sales for the Americas. “Calrec’s rugged, compact, and powerful digital audio consoles are a key component of the outstanding production quality for which NEP is known.”NEP Calrec