Hebden Bridge, UK (June 9, 2010)--Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) has selected a Calrec Zeta mixing console for a new mobile production facility.
The 40-fader, 108-channel Zeta will enable the public television station's new HD mobile production facility, currently being built by L-3 Communications with integration services from By Request Communications, to deliver 42 stereo plus 24 mono channels of audio.
"The perception is that a station of our size and with our resources can't afford Calrec," said Curt Sorensen, WPT audio engineer. "But we already have a Zeta in our studio. In fact, one thing I love about Calrec is that there's an expensive version and a more modestly priced version, and the audio quality is the same. We may not be getting all the buttons, but we are getting the reliability, resilience, quality, and service for which Calrec is known. They say you get what you pay for, but in this case, I'd say we're actually getting more."
A Zeta feature that is reportedly useful to WPT is its offline programming capability, which enables the operator to design a show's routing on a laptop anywhere, then upload it to the console, potentially saving hours of setup time at an event site.
WPT's new 36-foot mobile production facility replaces a predecessor dating from 1983 that has now acquired the status of antique. Representing the station's final step to HD production, the mobile production facility will be used for broadcasting cultural, entertainment, news, and sporting events.