Calrec to debut new audio production console

    Artemis console features next-gen Bluefin and Hydra technologies.
    Calrec's new Artemis production console will debut at IBC 2009.
    Calrec's new Artemis production console will debut at IBC 2009.
    SPECIAL REPORTS, Exhibitions coverage, IBC 2009


    Calrec Audio will unveil its latest audio production console at next month’s IBC 2009 exhibition in Amsterdam.

    The Artemis console is based on the company’s award-winning Apollo platform, which was launched at NAB in April, and utilises the same core technologies such as Bluefin2 and Hydra2.

    Central to the Artemis console is a dedicated integrated router so that its I/O functions can be performed by Calrec’s next-generation networking system, Hydra2.

    Hydra2 uses high capacity 8192 x 8192 cross-point routers and makes available a variety of I/O units to provide analogue, AES, MADI, SDI and Dolby E formats. All use copper or fibre connectivity, and can be fitted with GPIO cards. Console routers can be connected together to form large networks, and stand-alone routers will also be available.

    Artemis utilises Bluefin2, the next generation of Calrec’s trademark Bluefin High Density Signal Processing platform, to provide substantial resources at multiple sample rates.

    At 48kHz, Bluefin2 gives Artemis up to 640 channel processing paths, 128 program busses, 64 IFB/Track outputs and 32 auxiliaries.

    Artemis also features a second Compressor/Limiter in each channel, more than 70 minutes of assignable delay, and three independent APFL systems for multiple operator use.

    These technologies equip the console with an enormous routing and processing capacity which belies its mid-size footprint. Using a combination of OLED displays, touch screens, and light-emitting knobs the soft Artemis control surface not only provides instant visual feedback, but a flexibility which enables the user to reconfigure the desk on the fly.

    As with all Calrec consoles, the inclusion of full automatic hot-swap redundancy is part of the system architecture – on Artemis all DSP, control processor, router, power supplies, and connections are fully redundant.

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