Hebden Bridge, UK (March 31, 2010)–BYU Broadcasting has selected a 48-fader Calrec Omega with Bluefin HDSP console for deployment in a new mobile production truck.
BYU Broadcasting is the production and broadcast arm of Brigham Young University, and serves not only its local Provo, UT area but also a worldwide audience via cable, satellite and the internet.
The new truck, 51 ft. long with a 48-ft. expansion, is HD-equipped and will cover entertainment, sports, devotional and information shows. It replaces an analog production vehicle built in 1987.
“We looked at a lot of audio consoles, but in the end, the Calrec Omega had all the features our audio engineers needed in a compact chassis that’s ideal for mobile production,” said Brandon Smith, BYU Broadcasting director of broadcast technical operations. “We are particularly enthused about how the console will support our entertainment needs. We need tracks to be posted to the multitrack machine for later broadcast of musical performances, and with the Omega’s generous number of multitrack outputs, we will have no trouble accomplishing that.”
BYU Broadcasting’s mobile Calrec Omega will also integrate via fiber into the audio network of a new TV and radio broadcast facility, slated for completion this year, which will originate a variety of events, from musical concerts to devotional shows. The truck, parked in its bay, will function as an adjunct control room for both taped and live broadcast.
More Omega features that were useful to BYU Broadcasting include fast reset, DSP redundancy on both the mainframe and the control surface, compact I/O panels and mainframe suitable for a truck, and configurable TFT metering capabilities, which allow complete control of the assignable system. Also, the Omega is a teaching console for the dozen or so audio engineering students mentored by BYU Broadcasting each semester.