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Calrec Audio to debut Apollo digital audio console
At this month’s NAB Show, Calrec Audio will unveil the Apollo digital audio console. The new console provides more than twice as much processing power as the company's Alpha platform and an all-new, highly responsive, user-configurable control surface. The Apollo relies on Bluefin2, the next generation of Calrec's Bluefin high-density signal processing system, to provide resources at multiple sample rates. At 48kHz, Bluefin2 gives Apollo up to 1020 channel processing paths, 128 program busses, 96 IFB/Track outputs and 48 auxiliaries. At 96kHz, 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. Processing, power supplies, and I/O routing are all contained in a compact, 8U chassis.
The control surface features OLED displays, touch screens and light-emitting knobs for instant feedback about function and status. Individual operators can instantly configure their own distinctive operational settings. In assign mode, the console mirrors the assign panels used on previous Calrec designs. In channel strip mode, the panels are configured to resemble an analog design.