New Century Productions (NCP) will outfit its latest HD mobile production truck with a 72-fader Alpha digital audio console, featuring the Calrec Audio's new Bluefin high-density signal processing system. The Bluefin system doubles the processing power of the console on one DSP card.
The NCP-VIII teleproduction truck will use the Alpha primarily for mixing major sporting events such as the U.S. Open, Word Series and Breeders' Cup, as well as the Super Bowl’s pre-game show.
For these types of events, the Alpha will need to mix more than 100 incoming audio sources simultaneously, including stereo and 5.1 surround-sound sources. With the processing power of Bluefin, the Alpha is capable of providing 78 full 5.1 surround-sound channels from its complement of 162 stereo and 156 mono channels and eight surround groups. Each channel and group is fully equipped with full EQ and dynamics, and the system has 23 minutes of user-accessible delay elements, four surround main outputs, 48 multitrack outputs and 20 auxes.