Hebden Bridge, U.K. (September 18, 2015)—At IBC2015, Calrec Audio unveiled a new automation system for its Apollo and Artemis broadcast audio consoles.
Designed to record the movements of a console’s channel and bus controls in real time, the implementation is unique, according to the company, in that it operates entirely in the background during a live broadcast.
“In principle, Calrec’s broadcast automation system is similar to traditional post-production and music automation systems, but that’s where the similarity stops. The fact that it is user-transparent is what makes it unique,” said Karl Lynch, product manager at Calrec.
Once the live element is over and the first pass has been recorded, the automation controls can be made visible on the console surface with a button press. The system provides an on-screen editor that can be operated from the mix position, allowing the user to locate any part of the show, replay the recording, and make adjustments using the surface controls in combination with the set of editing tools provided. The console setup and automation data can be saved for post production at a later date.
Calrec’s system comes as a 3U rackmount unit and is connected to the primary and secondary master controllers of the console for redundancy. The system provides video synchronization and machine control via 9-pin, LTC, MIDI, and GPIO; works alongside all major DAWs; and can interface with external machine control synchronizers if a full post-production environment is required.