Hebden Bridge, UK (November 26, 2013)—Calrec Audio has released a new suite of software features and enhancements for its Bluefin2 range of consoles, the Apollo and Artemis platforms.
A new feature is designed to protect Hydra2 sources and destinations when they are being addressed by multiple users across a network. Any user receiving a source can control mic gain, phantom power (48V), or SRC using their own input controls, but they are protected against making accidental changes that may affect the other users also receiving that same source. Users with connections to a Hydra2 destination are protected against other users' unintentional changes to their connections. This protection scheme applies to direct control of sources and destinations, as well as bulk changes made through memory recalls.
The Mic Open Systems feature is used to control external devices relative to the on-air status of a signal source. Mic Open Systems can cut or dim the feed to a loudspeaker to avoid feedback or control relays for switching purposes, such as turning on "on air" lights. There are five Mic Open Systems available on the console.
The latest software also includes loudness meters to monitor and regulate average loudness levels over the duration of a program. Operators can assign 16 loudness meters to any source or output, and these meters can be assigned to the console's meter upstand.
Calrec Audio Ltd.