Moscow, Russia (August 1, 2016)—The VTB Ice Palace in Moscow has installed a Calrec Audio Hydra2 networking system linking two Calrec Summa audio consoles, providing original venue sound and enabling the routing of audio signals to outside broadcast (OB) vans covering events at the venue.
The VTB Ice Palace is reportedly the world's first multifunctional sports complex to feature two arenas under one roof. Systems integrator Live Sound Ltd. installed two Summa 128 audio consoles and a router core in the new facility. Calrec's Hydra2 audio networking system enables audio from one or both ice arenas to be routed to a centralized OB truck terminal, where MADI, analog and digital ports provide an access point for visiting OB units.
Calrec's H2O software enables mic pre-amp gain to be controlled by visiting OB units regardless of the audio console in the truck. In addition, Calrec's Ice Hockey Assist app for iPad enables audio engineers to mix the game with a few touches. Ice Hockey Assist is an assistive mixing tool that takes advantage of Calrec Serial Control Protocol to simplify the task of tracking on-rink audio during a game.
Italian OB service provider Telerecord used the new connectivity when it provided broadcast feeds for the recent IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Using the Hydra2 access point, Telerecord was able to route audio from both ice hockey arenas to a single centralized OB truck equipped with a Calrec Artemis console.