Hebden Bridge, U.K. (November 16, 2007)–NBC Olympics has acquired a pair of 64-fader Calrec Audio Sigma consoles with Bluefin for U.S. coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The consoles are scheduled for installation at the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Beijing in May 2008.
“Each Olympic Games’ coverage brings with it new demands for better technology, increased flexibility, and greater efficiency,” says Bob Dixon, NBC’s director of sound design at the Beijing Games. “From the summer games in Atlanta in 1996 to the upcoming summer games in Beijing in 2008, we have gone from an analog-only, two-channel contribution and distribution audio platform to a fully digital, discrete 5.1 channel platform.”
Sigma with Bluefin provides 320 channel-processing paths packaged as 108 stereo and 104 mono channels and allows up to 52 5.1 surround channels. This is provided on just one DSP card, with full EQ and dynamics on all channel groups and main outputs.
NBC Olympics started planning for the Beijing Games more than 2 1/2 years in advance. The broadcaster holds exclusive U.S. rights for coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and from August 8 through 24 will present an unprecedented 3,600 hours of coverage. In August 2004, 203 million viewers watched as the networks of NBC Universal offered a then record 1,210 hours of Olympic coverage from Athens.