Hebden Bridge, England (June 22, 2004)–Pennsylvania-based New Century Productions (NCP) have purchased the world’s biggest Calrec Alpha 100 console for NCP VII, a brand new HD truck. The 226-channel console is configured as 96 stereo and 24 mono channels, and has a 72-fader control surface with a 24 fader sidecar.
“The Alpha represents the current state-of-the-art in a live, digital mixing desk,” said Mike Mundt, senior vice president for engineering, NCP. “This is our first digital mixing desk and the possibilities intrigued us. We are particularly excited about the idea of adding an expansion chassis to the standard control surface. We have learned that it just isn’t possible to have enough faders on some of the really big shows we are faced with. Since our floor plan allowed us to put an expanding wall on the audio booth we had room for a larger console so we decided to take advantage of it. Calrec worked very closely with us to design and build and customize a very large mixing desk that could be easily taken apart for transport when we fold up the trailer.”
Based at NCP’s New Hampshire field shop, the truck will be used live on almost every broadcast. “The desk will be used for all manner of sports events, of course, although we do just about anything that comes down the road…entertainment shows, politics (when in season), news coverage…anything and everything,” added Mundt. “We will also be offering the unit to ESPN for use on their Sunday Night Baseball show and I would imagine they will find other uses for it.”
NCP operate nation-wide, running a fleet of seven production trucks, six 53-ft. digital expandos and three HD. The Alpha 100 is NCP’s third Calrec console.
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