Hebden Bridge, UK (September 11, 2013)—Calrec is launching Callisto, a new audio console for live broadcasters, at IBC2013 in Amsterdam.
"We've designed Callisto to keep the user interface simple and straightforward," said Henry Goodman, Calrec's head of sales. "Throughout the design process, we've kept the focus not just on features and capabilities, but on the totality of the user experience. The result is the elegant console we're introducing this week at IBC."
Callisto's mechanical design aims for a lean construction with components and materials at a minimum. Reportedly the desk's power distribution is around 30 percent more efficient than a comparable Artemis Light, Callisto's closest stable mate. Service access is from the front of the console, and the entire control surface can be replaced by removing 12 screws.
When designing the new console, Calrec focused on creating a GUI would be suitable for a range of operator levels. Users control the console via a 17-inch multitouch screen , with an interface that uses established finger gestures to navigate the system. The high-resolution display provides controls and presentation of information.
Designed for live broadcast applications, Callisto is intended to simplify workflow tasks, such as creating mix-minus feeds, by making common procedures a tap away. Callisto's other large displays are fully configurable to display bus, output, and loudness meters, and feature dedicated metering, routing, and processing information per fader. The physical control surface is available in fixed 32- and 44-fader configurations with a new streamlined layout. Each channel strip has only essential mechanical controls, featuring a fader, two flexible control cells, and a dedicated gain pot.
Callisto uses Calrec's Bluefin2 technology at its core, and the same integral 8192 x 8192 Hydra2 router as the Apollo and Artemis consoles. Bluefin2 provides Callisto with a pool of 180 channel processing paths, which can be assigned as mono, stereo, or 5.1 channels.
Calrec Audio Ltd.