Hebden Bridge, U.K. (November 28, 2006)–Calrec Audio announced that NBC Universal has installed a 44-fader Sigma digital audio console, with the Bluefin high density signal processing system and interconnection to a Calrec Hydra audio networking system, in Studio 2K at NBC Universal’s broadcasting headquarters in New York City.
NBC Universal has also added Calrec Bluefin technology to an existing 68-fader Alpha digital console. This facility upgrade from Calrec is designed to meet NBC Universal’s needs for working in 5.1 surround sound and to improve the connectivity between various audio resources within the network’s Rockefeller Plaza operation.
NBC Universal is using the Sigma Bluefin console in its 2K commercial control room, which handles tape integration for the Today show as well as commercial integration for remote sporting events. In order to handle the demanding requirements of 5.1 production, NBC Universal has upgraded Today‘s Studio 1A Calrec Alpha console, recently installed in the newly renovated main control room, to Bluefin. This doubles the Alpha’s processing power while reducing necessary rack real estate, allowing up to 78 full 5.1 simultaneous surround sound channels.
The Hydra audio networking system provides remote source sharing between multiple different Calrec digital mixing consoles situated throughout a facility, over Gigabit Ethernet, on copper or fiber. NBC Universal used Hydra to connect the Today 1A studio with a 64-fader Alpha Classic in the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams 3A control room, and the new Sigma Bluefin in the 2K commercial control room during 1A’s upgrade to HD.
“Since 1998 NBC has relied on Calrec audio consoles for numerous on-air roles,” said Jim Starzynski, principal engineer, NBC Universal Advanced Technology. “With many shows moving to HD and 5.1, Hydra and Bluefin are a natural fit for an already powerful digital mixing system. These enhancements expand the capabilities of our facilities and enable our mixing engineers to efficiently handle our shows’ demanding audio requirements on a daily basis.”