Calrec Audio has made a follow-up sale to Russian subscription satellite and HD service NTV-Plus. The company has installed two more Artemis Beam consoles and a Hydra2 router core in its Moscow studios. The equipment will enable NTV-Plus to produce 5.1 surround sound and share consoles among its four studios with full redundancy. NTV-Plus, Calrec’s first Russian customer, purchased its first two Artemis Beam desks last year.
"We focus heavily on live sports production, so we need a versatile system with robust equipment we can count on. We purchased our first Calrec consoles last year to use during Wimbledon and then rented three consoles during the London Games. We were impressed, so now we're upgrading all of our studios to Calrec," said Oleg Kolesnikov, chief technology officer at NTV-Plus. "Being able to route audio signals and share consoles across all of our studios gives us complete redundancy."
NTV-Plus installed two 48-fader Artemis Beam consoles with Calrec's Hydra2 audio routing capabilities that enable the desks to communicate with each other. It also purchased a stand-alone Hydra2 router core allowing it to place all of its Calrec consoles and their associated I/O on the network, while allowing for future network expansion. Based on 8192² router modules, Hydra2 allows connection of audio sources and system components over copper or fibre, with signals routed to any consoles or I/O boxes on the same network. Having the Artemis Beam consoles in all studios means NTV-Plus can produce 5.1 audio throughout the company.
"Our goal is to provide every customer with high-quality, reliable equipment and support to match, because we want them to keep coming back. This repeat business from NTV-Plus shows that we met our goal once again, and that clearly the company feels its initial decision to purchase Calrec consoles was the right one," said Mike Reddick, Calrec's manager of European sales. "This new order doubles the number of Calrec consoles at NTV-Plus, and the addition of a Hydra2 router core lets them network, share, and expand easily and cost-effectively."