Hebden Bridge, UK (August 7, 2009)–Voyager 9, Crosscreek Television Productions’ new HD remote broadcast truck, will feature a 64-fader Calrec Sigma with Bluefin audio console.
The 53-foot trailer with a 51-ft. by five-ft. expansion will go on the road in August to cover professional wrestling, college football, and motor sports. The Sigma, which incorporates Calrec’s Bluefin high density signal processing (HDSP), is the second for Alabaster, AL-based Crosscreek, which installed one in its Voyager 8 truck in 2007.
“Our experience with the Sigma in the previous truck basically sealed the deal for this purchase,” said Butch Mueller, Crosscreek director of engineering. “Not only has it operated painlessly since it’s been on the road, but even operators who have never seen a digital console can walk in and figure it out. That’s important to us because we don’t use the same crews all the time.” Mueller added that Crosscreek’s clients value Calrec’s reputation for reliability. “In fact, we believe carrying a Calrec console brings us more clients,” he said. “No one questions its capabilities.”
In designing Voyager 9, Crosscreek Television sought to guarantee plenty of space for the people working inside. Toward that end, Calrec worked closely with the Crosscreek team to redesign the console so it could be custom-mounted on a tabletop, affording as much as 15 additional rack units of space underneath.
The Sigma console is based on Calrec’s scalable Alpha operating platform. Built in are 320 channel processing paths, which can be configured for up to 52 full 5.1 surround channels.
With an all-3Gbps infrastructure and wired for 24 cameras, 14 tape machines, and 10 EVS video servers, Crosscreek’s Voyager 9 is currently being built by Beck Associates in Austin, TX.