Ross Production Services adds Calrec Brio to its Mobile Audio range

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HEBDEN BRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM—Ross Production Services (RPS) purchased its fifth Calrec Brio 96-channel audio console, standardizing on Calrec technology.

RPS installed the console in one of its six-camera OB Sprinter vans. In all, RPS has eight production vehicles, and with the addition of the latest console, three have Calrec Brio boards, including its 40-foot 12-camera units.

“Our preference of course is to use Ross equipment first, and about 95% of the equipment on our trucks is Ross, but audio is the exception,” said Matthew Webster, chief technology officer. RPS. “We will now fully standardize the Calrec offices. There’s no question that Calrec is the industry standard for audio quality, and it’s something our team has been missing for a long time.

In the fall of 2020, RPS completed a new studio in Connecticut with a Calrec Apollo 72-fader console and two Brio cards. The facility is the main production center of RPS. He manages a variety of large-scale projects in the fields of esports, sports and live entertainment. Completed during the pandemic, the facility has four control rooms.

In mobile units, the small form factor of Calrec Brio consoles was ideal for the compact space allocated to audio, he added.

The Calrec Apollo and Brio consoles have served RPS well during the production of EA’s Madden NFL 21 Championship Series because of their connectivity and the ease with which resources can be shared, Webster said.

“We use Calrec’s Hydra2 network and MADI interface for all of our connections. With Hydra2, our consoles can be connected to any studio at any time and any stream can be controlled from any desk. Each of our control rooms has its own dedicated router and each router sends its MADI to a single I / O box, ”he said. “The only reason we’re not doing AoIP right now is because we’re in a growth phase with Ross Production Services, and our MADI / Hydra2 setup is a great ecosystem for us right now. Our operators love it and it helps them reduce their workload.

RPS is the in-house production service division of Ross Video. It produces between 150 and 200 events per year.

More information is available on Calrec website.


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