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Calrec Audio to Unveil Apollo Console at NAB 2009

Calrec Audio, based in Hebden Bridge, UK, and one of the professional brands under D&M Holdings, will unveil its new Apollo digital audio console at the 2009 NAB Show, April 18-23, 2009 in Las Vegas. Apollo offers more than twice as much processing power as the company’s Alpha platform, a channel count that sets a new industry benchmark, and an all-new, highly responsive, user-configurable control surface.

The Calrec Apollo console relies on Bluefin2, the next generation of Calrec’s trademark Bluefin high-density signal processing system, to provide unrivalled resources at multiple sample rates. At 48 kHz, Bluefin2 gives Apollo up to 1,020 channel processing paths, 128 program buses, 96 IFB/Track outputs, and 48 auxiliaries. At 96 kHz, Apollo affords 510 channel processing paths, 64 program buses, 48 IFB/Track outputs, and 24 auxiliaries.

Apollo includes a second dynamics section in each channel, more than 70 minutes of assignable delay, and three independent APFL systems for multiple operator use. As with all Calrec designs, the facilities do not share resources, so they are available to the user at all times. Processing, power supplies, and I/O routing are all contained in a compact, 8U chassis.

The Apollo control surface promises a new standard for easy, responsive operation. Features include OLED displays, touchscreens and light-emitting knobs for instant feedback about function and status. Individual operators can instantly configure their own distinctive operational settings. In assign mode, the console mirrors the assign panels used on previous Calrec designs. In channel strip mode, the panels are configured to resemble an analog design.

The Alpha console is equipped with a dedicated integrated router so that Calrec’s next-generation networking system, Hydra2, can perform its I/O functions. Hydra2 uses high-capacity 8,192×8,192 crosspoint routers and makes available a variety of I/O units to provide analog, AES, MADI, SDI, and Dolby E formats. All use copper or fiber connectors and can be fitted with GPIO cards. Console routers can be connected to form large networks, and stand-alone routers will also be available.

Calrec engineers its consoles to be highly resilient, with the inclusion of full automatic hot-swap redundancy systems in DSP, control processor, router, power supplies and connections.

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