Hebden Bridge, U.K. (March 23, 2011)--Calrec Audio's Hydra2 Operator (H2O), introduced last year in Europe, will be making its U.S. debut at the NAB Convention in April.
It is a remotely accessible management system that allows the user to control the Hydra2 network independently from reportedly any console control surface. Users will be able to set up routes and configure access rights to all desks on a given network, as well as entering network-wide I/O boxes and port labels for identification. According to the company, H2O offers the ability to arrange ports into folders and also provides central management of network synchronization.
The new software uses Web technologies to allow network access from a tablet, laptop or PC with a browser, making it compatible with major operating systems including Windows, Linux and OS X. As a single piece of software for network control, H2O is advantageous for Calrec customers who own multiple-studio complexes that may be shared by rival companies at the same time. For example, if Customer A is working in two studios, the facility owner must be able to ensure he has no access to a third studio where Customer B is working. H2O access rights make it possible for the facility owner to render Customer A's studios completely invisible to Customer B, and vice versa.
"Our new H2O control system further integrates Hydra2 into any multi-console installation," said Henry Goodman, head of sales and marketing at Calrec Audio. "Its user-friendly interface works independently of the console and permits different levels of user access to be granted to different personnel. This gives our customers more control and flexibility."