Hebden Bridge, UK (June 10, 2009)–The first Calrec Audio Apollo console will go to London-based Fountain Studios, which hosts Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor and other TV productions.
The 72 fader console will be delivered in July and installed as the final part of a complete HD studio investment program.
“We are delighted that the first ever Apollo console will be installed at Fountain,” said Calrec business development manager Henry Goodman. “Fountain is behind some of the biggest live entertainment programming in the U.K., including Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor, and we are proud to be associated with them as they continue to invest in their facility.”
Launched at the NAB Show in April, Apollo relies on Bluefin2 processing. At 48 kHz, Bluefin2 gives Apollo up to 1020 channel processing paths, 128 program busses, 96 IFB/track outputs, and 48 auxiliaries. At 96 kHz, Apollo affords 510 channel processing paths, 64 program busses, 48 IFB/track outputs, and 24 auxiliaries.
Apollo is also equipped with a dedicated integrated router so that its I/O functions can be performed by Calrec’s next-generation networking system, Hydra2. Hydra2 uses high-capacity 8192 x 8192 crosspoint routers and makes available a variety of I/Os. Console routers can also be connected together to form large networks.
Mariana Spater, managing director of Fountain Studios said, “After an extensive review of the options for 5.1 sound, we believe that the new Apollo console best fulfills our broadcast requirements for the future.”
The Fountain Studios is an independently owned television studio located in Wembley, northwest London. The company has constantly upgraded the facility since they purchased it in 1993, which at 13,000 square feet is the largest, single, fully equipped television studio in Britain with full HD capability.