Pennsylvania (August 11, 2016)—WPSU, a PBS affiliate at Penn State University, has gone live with a new Calrec Audio Summa digital mixing console, part of an ongoing drive to upgrade and modernize its broadcasting facility.
The installation is the realization of several years of research and planning by Kerry Trout, WPSU facilities manager. "I became familiar with Calrec products 15 years ago, and I've always been impressed with the design, flexibility, and sheer power of Calrec consoles…. It was a great day when Calrec began working directly with educational institutions, which allowed us to bring it into our operation."
Through its partnership with Penn State, WPSU also offers hands-on experience for Penn State broadcast students, giving them active roles in production and allowing them to work side-by-side with WPSU professionals in a live broadcast environment.
"One great thing about the Summa is that it gives us all of the power and sound of the bigger consoles but in a compact and modular footprint," Trout said. "Also…the Summa is extremely intuitive and easy to use, which will give students a powerful tool for learning signal flow, processing, and audio design."
WPSU went live in late May with the new Summa, which is linked into the network's five studio spaces and serves as the core mixing console for the full live production lineup. Students will have the opportunity to learn the Summa beginning in the fall semester in September.