Calrec’s Brio was the console of choice for Rush Media’s recently completed six strong new OB fleet. Primarily used for sports broadcast, the mobile unit provider was looking for a high-quality audio console with a small footprint.
Each of Rush Media’s new mobile units are custom built, 40 ft. straight trucks with expanding sides. Each truck includes eight camera control units, two 8-channel replay servers, two graphics generators, a 36-input switcher, a 48-port communication frame and a main truck router with full audio capabilities. “The Brio is the perfect fit to bring all of the equipment elements together, in a limited space, with no other console at this price point coming close,” says Rusty Cummins, Senior Engineer, Rush Media.
The Brio provides 36 dual layer faders and by using its Hydra2 expansion port, Rush Media was able to double the size of the console’s I/O. Utilizing MADI in and out of the truck router, provided the company with more than enough paths and fit perfectly in the space available.
“The Brio has many functions that I’ve used in the past with larger Calrec consoles,” adds Cummins. “With high frame rate cameras being a standard complement on our trucks, delay on every input and output is a must. Also, the Hydra2 network has made it easy to expand the I/O and network multiple desks together.”
Rush Media’s newest Calrec Brio equipped mobile unit is being used for all home and away broadcasts for a major league soccer team. The home broadcasts require multiple transmission feeds with unique audio assignments, as well as providing the visiting team with separate field FX microphones to be used for their broadcasts. According to Cummins, the combination of extra I/O provided by the Br.IO wallbox and MADI to the truck router makes it easy for the operator to provide these feeds.
“Our job became a lot easier once we made the switch to Calrec, with both integration and implementation,” adds Cummins. “With various engineers using the console from show to show, ease of use is really important. The Brio, as with all Calrec consoles, is built for broadcast. With the Brio, the user is up and running a few minutes after sitting down. We are planning to add more mobile units to our fleet next year and additional Calrec audio consoles will be included in this expansion.”
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