Ross Production Services adds fifth Calrec Brio audio console to its fleet

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Ross Production Services (RPS) recently purchased its fifth Calrec Brio 96-channel audio console to standardize Calrec technology. The new Brio is housed in one of RPS’s six-camera OB sprinter vans, part of the division’s eight-truck fleet. With this purchase, three of the trucks now have Calrec Brios – including its 40-foot 12-camera units.

Matthew Webster, CTO at RPS, says, “Our preference is of course to use Ross equipment first, and about 95% of our trucks equipment is Ross, but audio is the exception. In the future, we will fully standardize the Calrec desktops. There’s no question that Calrec is the industry standard for audio quality, and it’s something our team has long been missing.

Last fall, RPS completed construction of a new studio in Connecticut that includes a 72-fader Calrec Apollo and two other Brios. This facility is the main production center of RPS and manages a variety of large-scale projects for clients in the fields of esports, sports and live entertainment.

RPS is the in-house production services division of Ross Video, and the team produces between 150 and 200 events per year, including live sports and esports. In addition to working for the major broadcast and cable networks in the United States, RPS managed production of EA’s Madden NFL 21 Championship Series from its facilities in Connecticut, using the Brios and Apollo. It was completed during the pandemic and includes four control rooms (A, B, C and D) with most of the work on Project Madden handled by control room A.

Webster said the Calrec Apollo and Brio shine when used on EA’s Madden work because of their hyper-connectivity and the ease with which resources can be shared. As for the Sprinter OB units, space was limited and the Brio’s small form factor is ideal. He also pointed out that the distance training provided by Calrec was very beneficial and effective.

“We use Calrec’s Hydra2 network and MADI interface for all of our connections,” he says. “With Hydra2, our consoles can be connected to any studio at any time and any stream can be controlled from any office. Each of our control rooms has its own dedicated router and each router sends its MADI to a single I / O box. 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, ”he said.

“Ross Production Services has built a solid reputation with many top customers with varied production requirements and it is imperative that they have top quality sound on all outputs. It is very gratifying to see our Brio and Apollo consoles being used to the maximum ”, says Rob Lewis, National Director of Technical Sales, Calrec.


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