Italian state broadcaster RAI has installed a Calrec Artemis Light digital audio console at its new TV4 regional news studio in Milan.
The console, which handles daily live news, is integrated with RAI's video switcher via purpose-built software from Calrec. The 4096 x 4096 crosspoint router works as the audio layer of the video matrix. Calrec software developed especially for RAI provides the interface with RAI's video switcher through SW-P-08 protocol. In addition, Calrec's Hydra2 networking architecture allows RAI to create a network with any future Calrec console for resource-sharing or further redundancy.
"The tender specifications called for two consoles and a separate audio matrix, which offered no redundancy. With Artemis Light, we have achieved more power, more redundancy, and more flexibility—not to mention cost savings—using a single Calrec mixer instead of the requested two mixers and one matrix," said Alessandro Asti, vice president of sales at ARET video and audio engineering, Calrec's partner in Italy responsible for sales, training, and support.
"The full redundancy, maximum reliability, and latest FPGA technology in the Artemis Light console make it perfect for RAI's demanding live-news environment. You really need to use this desk in a real-world situation to understand how powerful and immediate it is."
RAI's Artemis Light console is capable of 240 DSP channels via Bluefin2, the latest generation of Calrec's FPGA technology. The desk is a 40-fader surface with an extension that can accommodate up to 16 faders. Both are equipped with monitor spill panels, and an RTW TM7 meter housed in the main surface provides additional metering.
RAI, the country's largest broadcaster, operates a variety of television channels and radio stations, broadcasting via digital terrestrial transmission and from several satellite and IPTV platforms.