Hebden Bridge, U.K. (October 10, 2007)–As the New York Yankees lost their battle with the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series, their television home, the YES Network, announced the deployment of a Calrec Sigma audio console with Bluefin High Density Signal Processing (HDSP). The most-watched regional sports network in the United States for the past four years, the YES Network is also home to the New Jersey Nets.
The console installation is part of a HD renovation of YES Network’s 2,500-square-foot control room at its broadcast center, located within the Ascent Media compound in Stamford, CT. YES Network’s Connecticut studio is primarily used for live pre- and post-game shows and for simulcast of another signature live program, WFAN Radio’s top-rated Mike and the Mad Dog show. These productions involve multiple instant replays and require many microphones and remote feeds, adding up to thousands of cues.
“I am in love with the Calrec Sigma console,” said YES Network senior audio engineer Bill Powers, who has been working in broadcast for 25 years. “In a reasonably small footprint, it has all of the options I want–two layers controlled by one fader, the 20 auxiliary and four direct outputs. But the thing I love most is its reliability. In my eyes, this is the Sherman tank of audio consoles.”
Powers noted that an element crucial to him in live production is the Sigma’s resiliency. Occasional routing errors are an inevitable part of audio operations in the digital age, he said, and when they happen, it’s important that the audio never falters. According to Powers, because the Sigma console can be reset and under control almost instantly, the audio is never interrupted.