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L’Equipe deploys Calrec audio mixers

36+8 Summa and Brio36 installed in main and secondary control rooms

French sport channel L’Equipe has deployed Calrec audio mixers for live mixing, commentary and programming across cycling, biathlons, rallying, judo and the Pétanque Championships.

Situated in the main and secondary control rooms for its two studios respectively, the 36+8 Summa and Brio36 are connected with the commentary booths and intercom system via a Dante network.

The two consoles are additionally connected via a Calrec Hydra 2 network with a modular rack. The Summa has two Dante cards with one for the Brio, with Hydra 2 allowing shared console resources with up to 512 channels per link.

The integration was handled by systems integrator EUROMEDIA, with assistance from Calrec’s French distributor, Audiopole, who also provided training.

Patrick Vautier, L’Equipe technical manager, said: “The combination of the Summa and Brio36 work perfectly because they use the same software that’s very popular with the L’Equipe team.

“Operators are often called to work in either control room so this is crucial. With features easily accessed via a touch screen, the consoles are intuitive and very refined to use.”

Calrec international sales manager Karl Chapman added: “The sports broadcasting market is incredibly vibrant and dynamic and we’re seeing considerable activity.

“We’re really pleased that L’Equipe is taking advantage of our easy to configure networking capabilities, shared console resources and intuitive user interfaces.”