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Al Jazeera upgrades media network with Calrec

26 June 2015
Allie Gaffoor, Al Jazeera

In a move to upgrade and standardise its global operations, Al Jazeera Media Network has purchased seven Apollo digital audio consoles from Calrec Audio for its broadcast facility in Doha, Qatar.

The purchase is part of an upgrade of the Doha facility, which houses 24-hour operations for Al Jazeera’s English, Arabic, and Mubasher channels. The purchase marks the largest Apollo deployment in the Middle East and with it the creation of one of the world’s largest Hydra2 networks.

“Al Jazeera Network is a fast-paced environment with no room for error and a desire for the highest standards. Extensive research and planning is needed to ensure we install equipment to meet these demanding requirements,” said the lead audio specialist for Al Jazeera Network and the project, Allie Gaffoor (pictured).

“We decided to use Calrec as our global standard for audio because we needed a reliable console for our 24/7 environment, ease of operator use, and longevity. Calrec meets our networking and I/O needs, and Calrec’s Bluefin2 and Hydra2 technologies fit our requirements exactly.”

Abdulaziz Ghazi Al Dosari, sound supervisor at Al Jazeera said, “Calrec’s Hydra2 networking and routing system gives us a powerful management tool that increases network-wide control over many parameters, and ensures our I/Os can be available in any audio control room.”

The first Apollo console is being installed by system integrator Tek Signals and joins other Calrec consoles in Al Jazeera facilities throughout the world, including two Artemis consoles in London, three Artemis consoles in Washington, and two Artemis consoles and a Summa console in Bosnia. The remaining six Apollo consoles for Doha will be delivered throughout 2015 and will be installed as the project progresses.

“By standardising facilities using Calrec’s Hydra2 network, all of Al Jazeera’s consoles in Doha will be networked together so that its engineers can share resources and move easily between locations within the organisation,” said Anthony Harrison, international sales manager at Calrec Audio.

Amr Mohey, senior sound engineer with Al Jazeera Arabic Channel, added: “Intuitive physical controls, colour-coding, TFT displays, elegant touch screens, the spectrum of control parameters, and fader scales adjacent to the fader all give us faster, easier, and more ergonomic ways to drive a much greater number of channels, tracks, busses, and outputs. With these desks we will be able to control more digital audio channels at ever-higher resolutions.”

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