Hebden Bridge, UK (January 9, 2008)--Pennsylvania-based New Century Productions (NCP) is adding two new Calrec mixing desks to its broadcast remote truck fleet. A 72-fader Alpha with Bluefin High Density Signal Processing has been selected for NCP X, while the NCP IV HD truck is upgrading with a new 64-fader Sigma with Bluefin.
While both trucks will broadcast a variety of sports, entertainment, and political events for any number of clients, NCP X, its newest HD production truck, was built specifically to meet the standards of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball telecasts.
" Sunday Night Baseball is the world's premier baseball telecast," said Mike Mundt, vice president of engineering at NCP. "ESPN pulls out all the stops for this show -- 25 cameras, most of them with a pair of mics, not to mention the dozens of effects mics out on the field--as well as 30 or more
multichannel playback sources inside the truck. It is an extremely complex audio set-up and you need an audio console with a lot of horsepower to keep it under control. The Calrec mixing desks have immense ability to transform enormously complex set-ups into something a single operator can manage. For us at New Century Productions, it was an easy choice. The console had to be a Calrec."
The new NCP X is a 53-foot expandable unit that was first deployed for the FOX network's coverage of NFL football in the fall before taking on its main responsibility, ESPN baseball, this coming spring. NCP IV has been broadcasting NHRA drag racing and boxing for Showtime, and is poised to begin a season of ESPN college basketball.
NCP X is the third New Century OB truck outfitted with an Alpha console and the Sigma on NCP IV is the seventh Calrec audio console in the NCP fleet. Mundt added, "Calrec provides the perfect mixing desk for the confined space and unpredictable demands of mobile television."