Hebden Bridge, UK (January 13, 2009)–A pair of Calrec Alpha consoles linked by a Hydra Network System were utilized by Maryland Public Television (MPT) to tape an HD performance by Baltimore’s orchestra and chorus, Soulful Symphony.
“I am always impressed by the solid performance of the Calrec Alpha consoles and how well they are integrated via the Hydra Networking System,” said Jim Bigwood, audio supervisor at Maryland Public Television. “For this enormous project, we also added a borrowed remote input/output box (RIOB), and frankly, I was apprehensive about the headaches of integrating a new piece of equipment into the system. As it turned out, there were none. It was a snap both to add the RIOB and to subtract it later. To my mind, this is another example of Calrec’s flexible, robust, and functional technology.”
MPT’s production is the broadcast premiere of “Song in a Strange Land,” a 90-minute composition by Soulful Symphony founder and artistic director, Darin Atwater. The work traces the evolution of African-American music from its origins through the jazz era. The show, currently in postproduction, will be broadcast in late February as part of MPT’s Artworks series.
The size and complexity of the project, along with time and budget constraints, posed multiple challenges for MPT. To help meet those challenges, Studio Consultants Inc, Calrec’s Eastern US distributor, loaned MPT an additional RIOB. MPT placed the borrowed box in its Audio Control Room 2, where it was linked to a Pro Tools HD multitrack rig and, via the Hydra network, to the Alpha console in MPT’s Audio Control Room 1. Sharing the desk, MPT’s David Wainwright and Brad Giardiello mixed the rough two-mix audio that was sent to tape. The size of the final multitrack file–66 Gb–accurately reflects the scope of the endeavor.
“Along with Studio Consultants, we were happy to lend a hand to make this thrilling HD musical performance possible,” said John Gluck, sales and marketing director for Calrec Audio.