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TV Channel Sports New Calrecs

French sports channel nets new consoles.

Paris, France (May 1, 2019)—Paris-based TV sports channel L’Equipe’s main and secondary control rooms now respectively house new Calrec Audio Summa 36+8 and Brio36 mixing consoles, which are being used for live mixing, commentary and sports programming that includes cycling, biathlons, rallying, judo and the Pétanque Championships.

Alexis Bougault, audio technical manager at systems integrator Euromedia, who oversaw the design and implementation of the project, says, “We wanted to offer our client something that was modular and that was therefore easily expandable; L’Equipe is continually growing, so this was important. The consoles benefit from an excellent price performance ratio and work without complex ongoing configuration with the addition of other interfaces easy to achieve.”

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Both control rooms, commentary booths, intercom system and consoles are connected via a Dante network. The two consoles are additionally connected via a Calrec Hydra 2 network with a modular rack. The Summa has two Dante cards and one for the Brio, with Hydra 2 allowing shared console resources with up to 512 channels per link.

Patrick Vautier, technical manager with L’Equipe, says, “The combination of the Summa and Brio36 work perfectly because they use the same software that’s very popular with the L’Equipe team. Operators are often called to work in either control room, so this is crucial. With features easily accessed via a touch screen, the consoles are intuitive and very refined to use.”

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L’Equipe sports TV channel is part of the French sports news media company, L’Equipe 24/24. Euromedia, a major broadcast services and facilities provider in France, handled the integration with assistance from Calrec’s French distributor, Audiopole, which also provided training.

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