ADM gets fifth Calrec Omega
UAE: Abu Dhabi Media (ADM) has installed its fifth Calrec Omega digital audio console. The omega was first used by ADM in August 2012 at its London studio – for the 2012 London Olympics – and has since been moved to its Abu Dhabi studios for mixing audio during live sports news and sports programmes.
‘The mixer is designed for live TV broadcast and is one of the most reliable desks on the market with one of the fastest cold-start times available — which was an important requirement for us,’ said Abdul Farid Kabani, head of TV engineering and maintenance at ADM. ‘We used to have an analogue audio mixer, so for audio embedded in SDI we needed to use an external de-embedder. The Omega provides that functionality as well as the ability to create multiple projects and load them instantaneously.’
The Omega console has reportedly given ADM improved reliability – multiple backups are created for critical processes like control and DSP – and ease of operation compared with its old analogue console. The ability to de-embed SDI embedded audio has allowed to its engineers to work inside-the-box, and it also met ADM’s main criteria for a modular system that can connect to its other Omega desks via the facility’s Hydra audio-routing network.
‘ADM’s addition of a fifth Omega console shows its continued commitment to Calrec and is a testament to our strong working relationship,’ said Anthony Harrison, Middle East sales manager at Calrec.