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UK University Adds Calrec, Expands Program

Creating a Tonmeister-like TV program, the university updated its television studio.

Hebden Bridge, UK (January 15, 2019)—The University of Surrey, known for its music and sound recording (Tonmeister) audio degree, has upgraded its television studio with a Calrec Brio audio console as a key part of its refurbishment.

With the upgrade, the school has now introduced a film and video production technology program equivalent to the Tonmeister degree. According to Andy Attwell, television studio manager, “To support the introduction of this new program, we took the opportunity to give the television studio a major infrastructure upgrade, including cameras, a vision mixer, signal routing, audio, IT networks and fiber optic connectivity to the wider campus. The previous sound desk couldn’t keep pace and we needed something that provided increased flexibility and capacity.”

Six Trucks, Six Calrec Consoles

Using the Brio’s networking capabilities, expanding connectivity via an additional I/O box, means that all networking requirements are taken care of. This includes inputs for a MADI card, which connects the Brio to the facility’s main audio studio, and a Dante card to teach students audio over IP, which is becoming increasingly important as the shift toward IP gains traction. This is in addition to integrating RTS talkback into their audio workflows via the Brio’s Hydra 2 connectivity.

Alan Haigh, program director, film and video production technology, University of Surrey, said, “The Brio fits perfectly within our needs; it’s designed very well both in usability and audio engineering terms. Having the external I/O box allows our students to see the Hydra2 network in action and set up their own routing and clean feeds. This takes them into the professional world and clearly illustrates the teaching we do in signal flow, processing and routing. We also love the labeling on the aux send meters, the configurable layout, and the large number of faders.”

The Brio was sold through Synthax, Calrec’s exclusive UK distributor for the Brio console.

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