Calrec Adds Powerful Console to Lineup

April 2, 2009

Calrec Audio is introducing a new digital audio console at the NAB Show this year. The Apollo console provides more than twice as much processing power as the company’s Alpha platform and a new user-configurable control surface.

Apollo relies on Bluefin 2, the next generation of Calrec’s trademark Bluefin high-density signal processing system, to provide unrivalled resources at multiple sample rates. At 48 kHz, Bluefin2 gives Apollo up to 1020 channel processing paths, 128 program busses, 96 IFB/Track outputs, and 48 auxiliaries. At 96 kHz, Apollo affords 510 channel processing paths, 64 program busses, 48 IFB/Track outputs, and 24 auxiliaries.

Apollo features include a second dynamics section in each channel, more than 70 minutes of assignable delay and three independent APFL systems for multiple operator use. As with all Calrec designs, the facilities do not share resources so they are available to the user at all times. Processing, power supplies, and I/O routing are all contained in a compact, 8U chassis.

Other features include OLED displays, touch screens and light-emitting knobs for instant, impossible-to-miss feedback about function and status. Individual operators can instantly configure their own distinctive operational settings.

The Alpha console is equipped with a dedicated integrated router so that its I/O functions can be performed by Calrec’s next-generation networking system, Hydra2. Hydra2 uses high-capacity 8192x8192 cross point routers and makes available a variety of I/O units to provide analog, AES, MADI, SDI, and Dolby E formats. All use copper or fiber connectivity, and can be fitted with GPIO cards. Console routers can be connected to form large networks, and standalone routers will also be available.

Calrec will be at booth N8207.

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