FOX News Channel sounds good with Calrec

Two new consoles will join an existing Sigma audio board.
The Sigma console with Bluefin networking technology provides 320 channel processing paths on just one DSP card.

As part of a continuing expansion of its broadcast operations in New York City, the FOX News Channel has installed two new Calrec Sigma audio consoles with Bluefin High Density Signal Processing (HDSP) and a Hydra network that connects the consoles to remote sources. The consoles will join an existing Sigma console.

Sigma with Bluefin provides 320 channel processing paths on just one DSP card. This enables the Sigma to comfortably tackle many larger productions, which would previously have required a more powerful console. It includes full EQ and dynamics on all channels, groups and main outputs, which can be configured for up to 52 full 5.1 surround channels.

This channel capacity is further enhanced by a buss structure identical to Calrec’s larger Alpha console, including 20 auxiliaries and 48 tracks. In addition, the system provides a significant amount of delay to cope with the increasing synchronization problems, for example, resulting from mixed format HD/SD production. Bluefin signal processing provides 496 mono elements of up to 2.73 seconds of audio delay, which can be inserted at various places in the signal paths.

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