As the largest privately held Spanish-language broadcaster in the US, Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. (LBI Media, Inc.), produces over 50 hours of original television programming each week. LBI Media’s fast-paced news studios require adaptable, quick to set up and easy to operate audio solutions. In order to shift focus as rapidly as the news itself, LBI Media relies on Calrec Audio’s Brio36 and Summa digital audio consoles.
“We chose Calrec based on the company’s reputation within the industry and also to complement the rental trucks we use, the majority of which come standard with Calrec consoles,” says Chris Buchanan, vice president of engineering, Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. “We purchased the Brio36 earlier this year for LBI’s newly launched news operation in our Dallas (Irving, Texas) office, while the Summa was acquired last year as part of a much-needed upgrade at our Burbank, California facility.”
LBI Media relies on both consoles for live programming of its local and national news shows, including Alarma TV, El Mameluco, iTestigo, Noticiero Cierra de Edicion, Noticiero Estrella TV and En Vivo. The compact form-factor of the Brio 36 packs in more power than any other comparable console and its connectivity with Calrec’s Hydra2 networking technology makes it even more versatile. The Brio 36 provides analogue and digital I/O and GPIO, which are built into the surface, making the console ideally suited for broadcast environments.
“With the fast-paced nature of a live news broadcast, having Brio 36’s dedicated broadcast capabilities – such as scalable and managed I/O, comprehensive monitoring, surround sound and high-bus quantities, greatly improves workflow,” adds Buchanan. “When we replaced the existing console in the control room with the Calrec Summa, the engineers there immediately noticed a difference in the quality of the audio.”
“We have enjoyed having such a productive relationship with LBI and are pleased that the company continues to turn to Calrec for its broadcasting needs,” says Dave Lewty, regional sales manager, Calrec. “Our consoles offer simple, intuitive navigation and a high level of performance that improve broadcast workflows and accelerate functionality. We are happy that our customers continue to evolve with Calrec.”
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