Hebden Bridge, UK (June 2, 2010)–New Century Productions’ NCP V truck, currently being refurbished, will house a Calrec Audio Sigma with Bluefin HD DSP.
NCP is using fiber to eliminate about 1,000 pounds of copper cable and patchbays and enable the refurbished HD truck to run without a B unit. NCP V will utilize both MADI and Calrec’s Hydra Networking to make I/O connectivity both simple and fast.
“Using MADI internally enables us to eliminate some 1,536 cables and an equal number of patch points, reducing weight and bulk and simplifying operations,” said Mike Mundt, NCP director of engineering. “The Sigma console displays an input and output page for MADI, making what were once patch points accessible on a computer screen. As a result, setups can be saved and recalled for recurring shows, which further saves time. NCP has a long-standing relationship with Calrec; we purchased our first Q2 in 1998. The mixing desk on this truck is NCP’s eighth Calrec console. We have found them to be unmatched for quality and reliability, essential considerations in mobile television.”
Currently being integrated at Little Bay Broadcast in Madbury, NH, NCP V is a 53-foot expando trailer designed for hardworking, set-shoot-strike operation. Equipped with the new Calrec audio console, plus new monitoring and infrastructure, the truck’s principal mission will be to cover boxing for Showtime.
The truck’s Calrec Hydra audio networking system will use redundant gigabit Ethernet fiber to bring signals into the 64-fader Sigma mixer from ringside while also sending eight outputs back for monitoring.