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What Now Goes Mobile with Calrec

Live NZ kids show hits the road with Calrec.

Hebden Bridge, UK (April 25, 2018)—When WhitebaitMedia, the production company behind New Zealand’s long-running kids program What Now, needed to equip its new 26-foot mobile production unit, it chose Calrec’s Brio36 compact audio console.

According to Tim Murdoch, technical manager at Christchurch-based production company WhitebaitMedia, “We’ve been producing What Now for 14 years in Christchurch, starting in TVNZ’s studio and moving into our own studios in 2009. When we decided to take the show on the road, we needed to build an OB truck and find equipment that would fit inside a small space without compromising on quality.”

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This is Whitebait’s first purchase of a Brio and first Calrec purchase ever. The installation was managed by Australia-based Synchrotech Systems, which installs a range of broadcast equipment across the radio, TV, film and outside broadcast sectors.

The show airs live at 8 a.m. each Sunday during a non-advertising time in New Zealand on TVNZ 2. It’s also part of Television New Zealand’s South Pacific Service that sees the show broadcast on a number of Pacific Islands. The two hours consist of “Fun, mess, games, mess, skits and more mess,” according to Murdoch, all in front of a live studio audience. The show regularly hosts celebrities and live performances of all types.

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Murdoch continued, “Due to its size, our current audio console was deemed too big, and it was starting to show its age. To replace it, I began the search for a new audio console. Like most people looking for a lower budget compact audio console, I looked at options from the live PA market. However, these lacked the power and flexibility that a show like What Now requires, where no two shows are the same and the script is more of a guideline. The Calrec Brio was the logical choice because it was the only one to offer the power and flexibility of a larger broadcast console, but at the budget and size of the smaller consoles normally fitted in small-to-medium OB trucks.”

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