Hebden Bridge, UK (September 8, 2016)—Calrec Audio's all-new Brio made its broadcast debut a week before its official launch, covering the season-opening match between English Football League Championship clubs Nottingham Forest and Burton Albion.
Video Europe, a film and broadcast production company based in London, chose the Brio for an audio console upgrade on OB5, its eight-camera HD OB truck. Built by broadcast systems integrator and equipment supplier WTS, OB5 has the smaller footprint required for central London productions such as film premieres, as well as Championship football and Welsh Premier League rugby matches.
"The Brio console was replacing an older existing mixer, so the close coordination with Calrec, plus the early delivery of the unit to WTS, was a huge benefit in allowing us to install and integrate it seamlessly in time for Video Europe's job," said Andy Morris, systems supervisor at WTS. "The initial configuration of the console was simple due to the large touch screen and intuitive and familiar user interface.
"We have always found Calrec products to be very reliable, with features and options designed to make integration straightforward. Brio appears to have the same qualities, making it a great fit for future projects of this size."
The Brio was pressed into service for the Nottingham Forest/Burton Albion match within a week of Video Europe receiving the desk, and with only a few hours available for crew training. According to Leutner, the broadcast went off without a hitch.