Roll to Record, NEP's UK-based provider of custom studios and control rooms, has installed a console from Calrec Audio in its Wimbledon TV Studios complex in London. The permanent installation aims to eliminate the need to install a flyaway console every time NEP does a show at the complex.
The installation included a 40-fader Artemis console along with three remote stageboxes, one remote AES box, and a dual MADI box. A modular I/O box has been built into the racks in the master control room to provide further analogue and digital inputs and outputs along with GPIO control. The control surface can be moved from one production control room to another as it requires only two fibre connections. Calrec's Hydra2 plug-and-play architecture allows the console to be configured to manage any of the studio floors.
"Having the new Calrec console in place means we can easily attract more customers to our production service at Wimbledon Studios," said Paul Fournier, head of sound at NEP Roll to Record. "Having a Calrec console in a facility always sells. Calrec is a well-known brand with proven reliability, and there are plenty of freelancers who already know how to operate the consoles. That's why we are a Calrec company."
In addition, NEP Visions, NEP's outside broadcast arm, has rented a 64-fader Artemis console to aid coverage of the forthcoming 2014 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament. NEP Visions will use the console as part of a flypack to complement its own Calrec desks in service at the Championships.