NCP Counts on Calrec Audio to Deliver Premier

New Century Productions (NCP) is adding two new Calrec Audio mixing desks to its outside broadcasting fleet. NCP selected the 72-fader Alpha audio console with Bluefin High Density Signal Processing for its newest HD production truck, NCP X. In addition, NCP is upgrading its NCP IV HD truck with a new 64-fader Sigma audio console with Bluefin.

NCP X was built specifically to meet the exacting standards of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball telecasts. The new NCP X is a 53-foot expandable unit that was first deployed for the Fox network's coverage of NFL football in the fall before taking on its main responsibility, ESPN baseball, this coming spring.

"Sunday Night Baseball is the world's premier baseball telecast," said Mike Mundt, vice president of engineering at NCP. "ESPN pulls out all the stops for this show. It is an extremely complex audio set-up and you need an audio console with a lot of horsepower to keep it under control. The Calrec mixing desks have immense ability to transform enormously complex set-ups into something a single operator can manage."

NCP X is the third New Century broadcasting truck outfitted with an Alpha console and the Sigma on NCP IV is the seventh Calrec audio console in the NCP fleet. The Alpha is equipped with 480 channel processing paths packaged as 162 stereo and 156 mono channels, 144 of which can be accessed simultaneously, and allowing up to 78 full 5.1 surround channels. The Sigma is equipped with 320 channel processing paths (104 mono channels and 108 stereo channels), 128 of which can be accessed simultaneously.