Las Vegas, NV (April 21, 2016)—Calrec Audio unveiled its new RP1 remote production engine, FPGA-based DSP that enables a console surface at a separate location to control all mixing functionality, at the 2016 NAB Show.
The RP1’s 2U core manages all the processing for IFB routing and remote monitor mixes, and it does so locally with no latency. This makes it simple for any remote mix engineer to set up IFB mixes and eradicates any delay for remote listeners or presenters.
The RP1 core embeds audio into existing video-transport mechanisms, while its modular I/O backbone accepts any of Calrec’s I/O cards, enabling connection via analogue, AES, MADI, SDI and AES67, Ravenna, Dante and SMPTE 2022 AoIP solutions.
“All these remote I/O resources appear to the main audio mixer like any other local I/O box which means there is no operator learning curve,” said Dave Letson, Calrec’s vice president of sales. “This is a high-end broadcast mixing system in a 2U rackmount box, with the control surface in a physically remote location. The RP1 core allows remote sources to be patched to studio-based consoles and controlled as if they were physically located at the facility; it’s seamless.”
The RP1 provides connectivity to any Calrec Hydra2 I/O box, including Calrec’s Fieldbox and H2Hub, providing a cost-effective way to adapt to the requirements of any situation and providing broadcasters access to Hydra2’s inherent management features, such as port protection, alias files and access rights.
“Remote broadcasting using the RP1 means fewer resources are needed on site,” says Letson. “Controlling audio from a remote console saves money on setup time, crew, logistics, and equipment. It is simple to set up and very easy to use. It also enables broadcasters to cover a greater number of specialised events, such as regional or college sports and smaller entertainment events, at significantly reduced cost, making it possible to maintain an increasingly wide range of content.”