Hebden Bridge, UK (August 25, 2009)–Calrec Audio is supplying four digital audio mixing consoles and a distributed I/O network system to the MediaCityUK project at Salford Quays in Manchester, England.
Calrec will supply one 64-fader and two 56-fader Apollo consoles for studios A, B and C, and a 24-fader Artemis console for studio E. All four studios will be used to provide live-to-air and live-to-tape content for light entertainment, news and sports. In addition, all four consoles will be networked via Hydra2 technology. This provides MediaCityUK with the flexibility for every console to access all I/O resources on the network.
TSL, a UK creator of integrated broadcast systems, was initially engaged by Peel Holdings in 2007 as a consultant, helping to define the commercial block facilities at the MediaCityUK site.
“From the outset, we decided that the geography of the building and the physical divisions of studios, control rooms, and even public spaces should not restrict the aspirations of MediaCityUK’s clientele,” said TSL audio applications manager Martin Dyster. “With this in mind, the idea of a network of audio mixing and routing systems that could be centrally and locally configured was conceived.
“We are delighted to be working with Calrec to provide one of the most technically advanced TV broadcast audio systems in the world. The Hydra2 network infrastructure dramatically simplifies the integration and operation of audio systems at MediaCityUK, and the Apollo and Artemis consoles represent a significant advancement in broadcast TV mixing technology.”
Phase one of the MediaCityUK development will be completed in 2011. The facility will house one of the largest HD studio facilities in Europe, featuring seven HD television studios and two audio studios. MediaCityUK is being developed and managed by Peel Media, a division of the Peel Group.