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10.02.2006
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Game Creek Video adds Calrec digital audio workstations to new HD truck

Game Creek Video recently completed a new four-unit HD truck for Fox Sports that includes a 96-fader Alpha along with a 64-fader Sigma, both of which feature Calrec's space-saving Bluefin high-density signal processing system.

The multiunit truck will be used by Fox Sports to cover NFL and NASCAR events, with the Alpha providing main audio support and the Sigma being used on a support unit for the effects submix for NASCAR. The Calrec consoles handle a large number of feeds from a variety of sources — amounting to more than 300 channels for a given event, including 160 stereo channels and approximately 150 other channels.

The systems leverages Calrec’s Bluefin technology, which doubles the processing power without increasing the system size. With the Alpha, for example, Bluefin provides up to 480 mono-equivalent channels on one DSP card, with full EQ and dynamics. It also allows for up to 78 full 5.1 surround-sound channels.

The company said that with its Bluefin technology, less heat was generated and less power consumed. System resilience is provided by 100 percent redundancy of all processing elements on a second card — the equivalent of having another console as a hot spare. Both the cards can be located on an existing digital I/O rack.

Game Creek Video now owns nine Calrec consoles, installed across its fleet since 1996, which includes three analog desks and six digital desks.

For more information, visit www.calrec.com.



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