Hebden Bridge, UK (February 13, 2009)–Mega TV in Coconut Grove, FL has deployed two Calrec Audio Omega with Bluefin audio consoles, as well as the company’s Hydra network, to support more than 50 hours of live production every week in an all-HD facility completed this year.
“Building a new facility, we needed a lot of equipment,” said Javier Garcia, chief engineer at Spanish Broadcasting System’s Mega TV. “And with every high-dollar, long-term purchase, we looked at several options. For audio mixing, the Calrec Omega had exactly what we wanted, including easy accessibility of features and controls. When you’re trying to keep pace with live production, you don’t want to have to go deep into the console or do a lot of menu-driven commands to make adjustments. Another key for me was system redundancy for failsafe operation. With all that we do, we can’t afford downtime.”
Mega TV is a Spanish-language broadcaster that produces 5.5 hours (4 hours live) of original programming nightly, Monday through Friday, from its new HD two-studio SBS Miami Broadcast Center. Programming runs the gamut from sit-down interview shows to news to a late-night variety show with a 12-piece band.
Mega TV’s 32-fader Omega consoles are equipped with Bluefin High Density Signal Processing (HDSP), which allows for 160 channel processing paths, all managed on a single DSP card. Calrec’s Hydra system links Mega TV’s two consoles to create a network of shared I/O resources and control data, simplifying audio production.