Surrounded by audio at NAB 2012

Calrec, Calrec Events, Featured — By on April 13, 2012 11:14

From its ace vantage point on its shiny new stand at the heart of the NAB 2012 Convention’s audio exhibits (that’s Booth # C1746 to you), Calrec is ideally positioned to survey all that is immersive, ambisonic, binaural and multi-channel at the show.

This year  Calrec has designed a spanking new booth which not only has lots of colorful broadcast consoles to play with, but replicates a broadcast infrastructure too,  showcasing Hydra2’s ability to interact with third-party control and production automation equipment. Calrec will demonstrate three control protocols at NAB 2012:

Demonstrating the Calrec Serial Protocol will be a Ross switcher emulator in conjunction with Ross Overdrive technology, which will allow for visibility into and control over a number of settings – third-party control over a number of Calrec audio console settings such as fader position, PFL and cut control for paths on faders, routing to auxes from faders, output level control for auxes, routing to mains from faders, main output level/fader control, and LB/RB input switching for paths on faders.

The SW-P-08 protocol will be put into practice incorporating a variety of third-party router panels, including Evertz, Nvision, Snell, and LSB’s Virtual Studio Manager (VSM), to demonstrate remote control over input-to-output cross-point patching. As well as direct routing of physical inputs to outputs, it can also route to and from console DSP via Calrec’s Hydra Patchbays.

Finally the EMBER protocol will be demonstrated via VSM, enabling memory loads, loading and removing alias files, viewing and editing Hydra2 I/O box and ports labels, SMPTE 2020 metadata insertion, and selective muting of SDI outputs.

Henry Goodman, head of sales and marketing for Calrec, said:

“Broadcasters are increasingly demanding more versatility and integration from their audio equipment. For audio systems to be able to meet those demands, broadcasters must give greater consideration to their networks as a whole, and how efficiently those networks can be controlled. Our Hydra2 demo at NAB 2012 will show this in a very clear way.”

Throughout the next week, we’ll bring you news snippets, audio clips, photos, maybe some video, and hopefully even a bit of irreverent gossip from what still remains the biggest media technology event on the planet.

If you’re there with your smartphone or your tablet, we’d also love to see, hear and read what you have to say about the show – let us know in the Comments box below. And if you’re in the Central Hall, call by the booth, grab a coffee and say hello.

Stay tuned …




  1. Jim Wilmer says:

    Sorry not to be at NAB for the first time in 12 years. Hopefully they’ll fix my heart soon and I will be back.
    Have a great show everybody.

  2. Kevin says:

    You’ll be missed Jim. We’re all wishing you a speedy recovery.

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