Mexico City, Mexico (July 6, 2005)–Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca has made history with the purchase of a 32-fader, 56-channel Calrec Zeta digital console, the first Calrec console in Latin America. Installed in a brand new HD ENG truck custom-designed and manufactured by TV Azteca, the desk will be used for HD live broadcasts, HD TV production as well as various special events.
The installation is a double record-breaker: Not only is it the first Calrec in Latin America, but it is also the first dedicated, purpose-designed broadcast console in Mexico.
“This is our first Calrec console although we know of their reputation for quality,” said TV Azteca audio manager Eusebio González. “Most of the world’s leading broadcasters rely on Calrec for their audio. After a thorough evaluation of all the consoles on the market we chose the Zeta because it offers the most complete features, but at the same time a great flexibility of use and configuration during live broadcast events. It provides us with a huge number of input sources and a variety of audio output stages.
“This mobile studio will deliver the best image quality and programming in Mexico, and we needed the best audio equipment available. We believe that Calrec give us this quality and commitment, enabling us to focus all our skills, enthusiasm, innovation and energy to do what we do best at TV Azteca; entertain our audience and offer different and attractive programming.”
TV Azteca audio engineer Luis Baltazar predicted the Zeta will encourage greater innovation: “We looked at many different consoles and we had many options, but Calrec gives us the best solution and the best support for our new HD unit. The Zeta gives us the opportunity to leave our technical concerns aside and focus more on the creativity and innovation of the audio production.”
TV Azteca is one of the largest producers of Spanish language television programming in the world, operating two national television networks in Azteca 13 and Azteca 7, through 315 owned and operated stations across Mexico.
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