New York, NY (October 8, 2015)—NEP has installed Calrec Apollo and Artemis audio consoles into a new OB truck to cover professional golf and football in the U.S.
"NEP introduced Calrec to the U.S. marketplace with two S series desks in 1996, and Calrec has been our console of choice since then," said George Hoover, chief technology officer of NEP Group, the U.S.-based global outside broadcast and facilities company.
Hoover continues, "In this case, NEP chose Calrec equipment to help overcome some significant audio challenges in golf coverage. One is simply the physical size of the course and distances involved. Another is an extremely wide dynamic range, from dead-quiet except for birds and crickets chirping to huge roars from the crowd. In addition, golf events run up to 10 hours and cover multiple days, which can drain the batteries in field boxes. Finally, it's difficult to move around on the course once play begins, so reliability is very important."
The Apollo and Artemis consoles are installed in the B unit, handling the main mix and effects mixes, respectively. Hydra2 gives NEP full control of the preamps directly from the desk, eliminating the need for an audio assistant to run around tweaking preamps on the course, and it networks the two desks together to enable source sharing.
Calrec designed a new compact and ruggedized Hydra2 Fieldbox with looping network connections. NEP has assigned about a dozen field boxes of various sizes and configurations to this new OB unit.