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10.23.2009
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Calrec Omega desk expands to 240 channel-processing paths

Calrec Audio has released a significant upgrade to its Omega with Bluefin console with the expansion of its DSP processing capacity from 160 to 240 channel-processing paths. The increased channel count is packaged as 72 stereo plus 96 mono channels and gives the Omega the capacity to provide up to 36 full 5.1 surround mixes. Calrec credits significant advances in chip speed with providing the ability to engineer this upgrade.

Omega has earned a workhorse reputation as a solid and reliable performer since its introduction, with more than 60 units commissioned. “We are delighted to be able to leverage technological advancements and make the Omega even greater value for money,” says Calrec’s Henry Goodman. “Since its launch at NAB in 2007, the Omega has proved to be very popular in both studios and remote trucks. As with all Bluefin products, Omega’s DSP power is still managed on a single DSP card with a second card as a hot spare.”

The Calrec Omega is available in three frame sizes — 24, 40 and 56 faders — and provides 8 x 5.1 surround, stereo or mono audio groups, 20 auxiliary outputs (which can be 20 mono or 10 stereo) and 48 outputs for multitrack or general-purpose feeds. The console also has two main stereo or 5.1 surround program outputs with full EQ and compressor/limiter facilities and full control of the stereo downmix of the surround main outputs.

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