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EMG UK’s new Remote Operations Centre looks to next-gen audio

The new ROC includes Dolby Atmos as well as audio-over-IP and SMPTE 2110

EMG UK and Calrec have worked together on the sound set-up for the company’s new Remote Operations Centre in Stratford.

The Stratford ROC project was born as a fully remote extension to the four current EMG UK ROCs located in High Wycombe, and offers full UHD, HDR and Dolby Atmos remote production for BT Sports’ Premier League coverage.

As part of its audio workflow, EMG UK installed a 56-fader Artemis mixing desk from Calrec alongside an IP-native Type R mixing system. The Type R offers a small format console for music playback operations.

Simon Foster

Calrec’s Hydra 2 networking technology has also been installed alongside a Calrec AoIP Gateway ensuring SMPTE 2110 is in place for the Type R sub mix console, but also with an eye on future connectivity. EMG UK is also using a Calrec RP1, the company’s compact remote production unit.

The audio workflow allows the ROC remote control of all presentation audio signals via the RP1, enabling the sound team to control parameters like EQ and dynamics remotely, and to provide IFB mixes in real time, said Calrec. Other signals are derived from the OB match truck and passed through the RP1 via MADI. Intercom signals are connected on the remote Dante network, to which the RP1 also is connected. Over 200 audio signals are processed and embedded at the OB, with all signals arriving at the ROC through diverse connectivity.

“We have worked with Calrec for many, many years,” said Simon Foster, head of audio technology, EMG. “A key aim with this project, alongside the easy combination of the traditional and AoIP, crucial in today’s environment, was to maintain a familiar workflow and operational surfaces for our sound engineers. Calrec has a leading market position and its technology absolutely suits our complex needs, both now and looking ahead.”