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NBC Universal Adds Calrec Bluefin and Hydra Audio Networking Technologies

Calrec Audio announced that NBC Universal has installed a 44-fader Sigma digital audio console in Studio 2K at its broadcasting headquarters in New York City. The console features a Bluefin high-density signal processing system and interconnection to a Calrec Hydra audio networking system.

NBC Universal has also added Calrec Bluefin technology to an existing
68-fader Alpha digital console. This facility upgrade is designed to meet NBC Universal’s need to work in 5.1 surround sound and to improve the connectivity between various audio resources within the network’s Rockefeller Plaza operation.

NBC Universal is using the Sigma Bluefin console in its 2K commercial
control room, which handles tape integration for the Today show as well as commercial integration for remote sporting events. In order to handle the
requirements of 5.1 production, NBC Universal has upgraded the Today show’s Studio 1A Calrec Alpha console, which was recently installed in the newly renovated main control room, to Bluefin. This doubles the Alpha’s
processing power and allows for up to 78 full 5.1 simultaneous surround sound channels.

NBC Universal used Calrec’s Hydra audio networking system to connect Studio 1A with a 64-fader Alpha Classic in the Studio 3A control room and the new Sigma Bluefin in the 2K commercial control room during 1A’s upgrade to HD.

“Since 1998, NBC has relied on Calrec audio consoles for numerous on-air
roles,” says Jim Starzynski, principal engineer, NBC Universal Advanced
Technology. “With many shows moving to HD and 5.1, Hydra and Bluefin are a
natural fit for an already powerful digital mixing system. These enhancements expand the capabilities of our facilities and enable our mixing engineers to efficiently handle our shows’ demanding audio requirements on a daily basis.”

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