Hebden Bridge, U.K. (July 29, 2008)–The new 53-ft. Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Productions HD truck, equipped with a 64-fader Calrec Sigma with Bluefin console, has been crisscrossing the U.S. this summer to cover major auto races, including the Indianapolis 500.
“The amount of signal processing that the Sigma with Bluefin can accomplish in a small amount of real estate is amazing, but in the mobile business, it’s also necessary,” said Dave Gass, senior director of field operations and engineering for IMS Productions. “The Sigma is also the most popular console with operators because it’s so intuitive. There are lots of reasons to appreciate a Calrec console, but to me, it’s that particular combination that has earned Calrec its place as the de facto standard in the mobile business.”
Calrec’s offers Bluefin High Density Signal Processing; equipped with 320 channel processing paths packaged as 108 stereo and 104 mono channels, the Sigma can handle as many as 52 5.1 surround channels. For example, IMS Productions’ delivery of the roar of crowds and engines at the Indianapolis 500 required some 40 microphones and three submix consoles–pit, effects and radio–not to mention multiple music playback devices for a grand total of 128 sources.
The new vehicle, IMS Productions’ first HD truck, is equipped with 16 cameras, a Thomson Grass Valley Kalypso switcher, EVS production servers and an Evertz monitor wall, and replaced two analog production trucks when it debuted in April. When the racing season concludes in the fall, the truck will be pressed into service for Indiana Pacers basketball as well as Purdue and Indiana University football.