Calrec goes compact with Brio
British broadcast manufacturer Calrec has unveiled the smallest console in its Bluefin2 Family, an ‘uncluttered, compact and configurable’ control surface providing access to a large number of freely-defined audio paths. Boasting a 36 dual-layer fader surface, the 892mm-wide Brio console houses a 15.6-inch HD touchscreen UI alongside a band of illuminating rotary controls and offers EQ and dynamics on every channel, group and main. In terms of processing power, the surface offers 64 mono-equivalent ‘legs’ that can be used as mono, stereo or 5.1 input channels; 36 mono ‘leg’s that can be assigned as mains or groups (up to four mains and eight groups); 24 mono ‘legs’ that can be assigned as auxes; or 64 direct or mix-minus outputs.
The desk is entirely self-contained, with analogue and digital I/O and GPIO built into the surface. Additional expansion I/O slots allow for further I/O integration, while fitting an available Hydra2 module makes it possible to connect to and share audio over Calrec’s network.
Connecting to Hydra2 allows broadcasters to take advantage of the network’s management facilities for control, including interfacing with multiple video and audio IP protocols such as SMPTE 2022, Dante, AES67, Ravenna, and SoundGrid.
Alongside Brio, Calrec has launched a new live-broadcast product addressing the increasing requirement for high-quality content from remote locations. The RP1 is a 2U production engine core with integrated FPGA-based DSP, enabling a control surface at another facility to control all mixing functionality. According to the manufacturer, it manages all of the processing for IFB routing and remote monitor mixes locally and without latency, making it possible for a remote mix engineer to set up IFB mixes without the listeners or presenters experiencing any delay.
The RP1 core embeds audio into existing video-transport mechanisms, while its modular I/O backbone accepts any of Calrec's I/O cards. This means the unit can connect via analogue, AES, Madi, SDI, and AoIP solutions from AES67, Ravenna, Dante, and SMPTE 2022.
In addition, the RP1 core allows broadcasters to create low-cost Hydra2 networks for all audio routing requirements by providing connectivity to any Calrec Hydra2 I/O box.
Lastly, Calrec has announced a 1U Ravenna/AES67 interface capable of transporting up to 256 audio channels on a single connection, with an expansion card increasing capacity to 512 channels. The unit is designed to interface with the Hydra2 audio core. The manufacturer states that the unit will also be able to accept an AVB expansion card to enable simultaneous operation of multiple protocols.
As with other I/O devices on the Hydra2 network, the interface is said to connect redundantly to Hydra2, while remote configuration patching, port protection, alias files, virtual patchbays and access rights are controlled by Hydra2’s management tool suite.