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NEP expands AoIP and remote production capabilities with Calrec’s ImPulse engine

NEP has already installed ImPulse systems in mobile units Supershooter 6, Supershooter 17 and Supershooter 25

NEP Group has acquired four of Calrec’s IP ImPulse engines, which include audio digital signal processing and processing engine with AES67 and SMPTE ST2110 connectivity and support for NMOS discovery and connection management.

NEP is using the technology with its range of Apollo surfaces and has already installed ImPulse systems in mobile units Supershooter 6, Supershooter 17 and Supershooter 25. An additional system is being installed in the company’s next-gen IP truck, Supershooter 7, which is due to hit the road in 2023.

The company has been using ImPulse on a weekly basis since January, providing ST2110-30 flows over a 10Gb fibre link between the Supershooter 17 field acquisition unit onsite and the Supershooter 25 production/crew workspace at a centralised production facility. The two units are parked up to 2,500 miles apart with the ImPulse at the facility providing control on up to four Apollo mixing surfaces, with another at the remote site.

“The future of broadcasting is utilising ST2110 IP routing systems,” said Pat Zollinger, senior systems engineer, NEP Group. “All of our new production trucks and centralised production builds will be built leveraging IP technology and our in-house control system, TFC. Calrec has provided the support necessary for us to easily integrate the ImPulse core into our TFC system and represents a technological leap in I/O capacity in and out of the surface from the network fabric and control system.

“We’re constantly updating and upgrading our fleet of mobile units and Calrec provides NEP engineers with direct access to Calrec engineers and support staff,” he added. “During our 30-year relationship with Calrec we’ve used everything from the Q2, the Alpha, the Apollo and now ImPulse. We have great confidence with Calrec’s ImPulse product line and know that Calrec will be standing with us as we navigate the ever-changing IP landscape.”