British Media Giant ITN Installs Calrec Console to Drive Audio for Channel 4 News
March 04, 2014 --
ITN, one of the world's leading news and multimedia content companies, has installed an Artemis Light digital audio console from Calrec Audio in the Channel 4 News production gallery at its London headquarters. Now the primary console on the Channel 4 News program, ITN's flagship news and current affairs show, the Artemis Light desk provides ample digital signal processing (DSP) power, scalable I/O options, and faders for mixing the news without limitations.
"Getting more DSP power was critical for us. Before we got the Artemis Light, our lack of it prevented us from making full use of outside sources," said Andrew Colgan, ITN technical projects manager. "The Artemis Light has a huge number of standard processing paths when compared to the competition. Having so much DSP power allows us to load all of our sources and destinations into memory and recall them almost instantaneously, making day-to-day programs a breeze. At the same time, we can easily accommodate complicated changes."
ITN installed a 40-fader Artemis Light console featuring Calrec's Bluefin2 high-performance signal-processing engine with 240 channel processing paths. Calrec's Hydra2 plug-and-play audio routing system is equipped with 24 mic/line inputs, 48 line inputs, 48 line outputs, 64 AES inputs, 64 AES outputs, 48 opto inputs, and 48 relays.
One feature that has proved especially important to ITN is the desk's Automixer, eight of which are available internally at no extra cost. Automixer assists ITN with mixing more than one source of speech, which has been a critical tool during multiple-guest interviews in an acoustically challenging studio.
"Before we had the Automixer feature, mixing the studio required super dexterity to equalize the sound if a guest jumped in with a comment," Colgan said. "We simply couldn't react as quickly as we can with Automixer assisting us."
The console not only met ITN's requirement for more DSP, it also satisfied other criteria, including reliability, speed of loading projects, clear displays, good ergonomics with a solid tactile control surface, transparent audio quality, and intuitive operation to reduce the learning curve for freelance operators.
"ITN's Channel 4 News is a highly respected program that reaches millions of people every day and is a critical source of news for the British public," said Jim Green, U.K. sales manager, Calrec Audio. "The Artemis Light console will help to keep ITN's production facility at the forefront of the news business for years to come and accommodate almost any imaginable news scenario."
Photo Caption: Nick Ashton, sound department team leader for ITN, works with the Calrec Artemis Light.
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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world's most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at calrec.com and community.calrec.com.