Calrec Audio introduced a new digital audio console at the 2009 NAB Show, this year, packing more than twice as much processing power as the company’s Alpha platform, along with a new user-configurable control surface.
Apollo relies on Bluefin2, the next generation of Calrec’s Bluefin high-density signal processing system, to provide massive resources at multiple sample rates. At 48 kHz, Bluefin2 gives Apollo up to 1,020 channel processing paths, 128 program busses, 96 IFB/Track outputs, and 48 auxiliaries. At 96 kHz, Apollo brings 510 channel processing paths, 64 program busses, 48 IFB/Track outputs, and 24 auxiliaries.
Apollo features include a second dynamics section in each channel, more than 70 minutes of assignable delay and three independent APFL systems for multiple operator use. As with all Calrec designs, the facilities do not share resources so they are available to the user at all times. Processing, power supplies, and I/O routing are all contained in an 8 RU chassis.
The Apollo control surface manages all these channels over 12 layers and on up to 320 physical faders. In addition, the Calrec A/B path selection system is retained for those users who wish to use the desk in a similar manner as Calrec’s Alpha platform products.
It also brings OLED displays and touchscreens for feedback of function and status, plus light-emitting knobs that change color depending on function for immediate recognition. The surface can be instantly configured into different operational settings.
The Alpha console is equipped with a dedicated integrated router so that its I/O functions can be performed by Calrec’s networking system, Hydra2. Hydra2 uses high-capacity 8192x8192 cross point routers and makes available a variety of I/O units to provide analog, AES, MADI, SDI, and Dolby E formats. All use copper or fiber connectivity, and can be fitted with GPIO cards. Console routers can be connected to form large networks, and standalone routers will also be available.
At NAB, the Apollo received a STAR Award from TV Technology magazine.
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