Calrec Audio has hit IBC with a bit of important personnel news — Nigel Beaumont has been named MD. Beaumont of late has worked at Calrec sister company DiGiCo and before that was with Harman Professional.
In product news the company is showcasing an integrated Waves SoundGrid solution for its Hydra2 platform of consoles. Calrec said this integration is unique amongst broadcast desks in that it uses a brand new SoundGrid interface module on Calrec’s Hydra2 network. The module provides direct connection between Hydra2 and the Waves SoundGrid network, providing lower latency and greater reliability.
Calrec customers can control Waves software from the integrated touch display in Apollo and Artemis surfaces, allowing direct control of Waves plugins from the mix position.
Also revealed at IBC is a new automation system for Apollo and Artemis consoles. Designed to record the movements of a console’s channel and bus controls in real time, Calrec said its implementation is unique in that it operates entirely in the background during a live broadcast. The system is similar to traditional post production and music automation systems, but is user-transparent.
Calrec also announced further adoption of its Hydra2 interface card by manufacturers of complementary products. Following the launch at the 2015 NAB Show, where it was introduced as part of DiGiCo’s Orange Box development, both Evertz and TSL Products have integrated the technology into products on stand at IBC2015.