Expanding on its 30-year relationship with Calrec to satisfy its complex audio needs, OB and technical services provider EMG UK has turned to the company to equip its latest Remote Operations Centre (ROC) in Stratford, London. The installation means that EMG UK continues to use Calrec equipment in all of its UK-based outside broadcast work.
The Stratford ROC project was born as a fully remote extension to the four current EMG UK ROCs that are located in High Wycombe. The Stratford ROC offers full UHD, HDR and Dolby Atmos remote production for BT Sports’ Premier League football matches.
Simon Foster, Head of Audio Technology, EMG, said: “EMG strives to innovate and push the boundaries with technology. Working with Calrec in the audio domain has allowed us to become true technology partners, rather than a supplier and a partner. This innovative workflow is a testament to that close partnership.”
The Stratford ROC is designed with 8K in mind, so EMG opted for 12G for the video infrastructure. For the audio, it installed a 56-fader Artemis alongside an IP-native Type R. The Type R offers a small format console for music playback operations. Calrec’s Hydra 2 networking technology has also been installed alongside a Calrec AoIP Gateway. This ensures SMPTE 2110 is in place for the Type R sub mix console, but also has an eye on future connectivity. EMG UK is also using a Calrec RP1, the company’s compact remote production unit.
The audio workflow allows the ROC remote control of all presentation audio signals via the RP1. This allows the sound team to control parameters like EQ and dynamics remotely, and to provide IFB mixes in real time. Other signals are derived from the OB match truck and passed through the RP1 via MADI. Intercom signals are connected on the remote Dante network, to which the RP1 also is connected. Over 200 audio signals are processed and embedded at the OB, with all signals arriving at the ROC through diverse connectivity.
Foster added, “We have worked with Calrec for many, many years. A key aim with this project, alongside the easy combination of the traditional and AoIP, crucial in today’s environment, was to maintain a familiar workflow and operational surfaces for our Sound Engineers. Calrec has a leading market position and its technology absolutely suits our complex needs, both now and looking ahead.”
Anthony Harrison, Sales Manager for Calrec, said, “As companies continue their move to IP, it’s vital that the familiar isn’t lost and that a clear migration path is also available. This allows people to move at the speed they want to. We’re very pleased that EMG continues to recognise the power and flexibility of our consoles and network solutions, providing the quality experience so vital to viewers.”