Virginia Beach, VA (November 8, 2011)—Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) has installed another 48-fader Calrec Artemis Beam audio mixing console with Bluefin2 high-density signal processing (HDSP) in its Virginia Beach studios.
This is the second Artemis console this year for CBN, one of the oldest cable broadcasters in the United States. CBN's flagship domestic show, The 700 Club, has approximately one million daily viewers. In a typical week, the new Artemis will handle six live international programs, as well as green-screen shoots and special projects.
Once the new Artemis console is fully operational, it will be linked to CBN's existing Artemis console in another studio via Calrec's Hydra2 audio routing system. Having a second Artemis console gives CBN the ability to share any resource across its network. I/O that is attached to either system will be available to either system, and the plug-and-play nature of the I/O makes it easy to add I/O boxes as needed when doing remote broadcasts. Also, because the masters, groups, auxiliary, and multitracks are always available whether the operator chooses to use them or not, bringing an extra group online is straightforward and can be done instantly without reconfiguring any other part of the system.
"Being able to fully share resources will save us money because we won't have to rent extra consoles or I/O to make a large show fit within the console. And we've already had lower maintenance costs than we did with our non-Calrec consoles," said Philip Peters, director of audio services for CBN. "From an operating standpoint, Calrec is so easy to learn and use that we can ramp up for shows much more quickly, and it takes much less time to configure the console for a given show."
Peters said Artemis also enables flexibility on track sends on a single channel (i.e. "split send"), which was a much-needed feature at CBN.