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Calrec Brio and Artemis consoles chosen by NBC for Tokyo Olympics 2020

23rd July 2021 1:42 pm

Calrec Brio console - Tokyo Olympics 2020 - Synthax Audio UKNBC Olympics adds a selection of Calrec broadcast consoles as it gears up for the Tokyo Olympics

A number of Calrec Artemis and Brio 36 consoles have been selected by NBC Olympics (a division of the NBC Sports Group) for their coverage of the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

A total of six Calrec Artemis consoles will be operated out of NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Connecticut, with a 64 fader Artemis and a Calrec Brio 36 deployed for the Main Control Room in Tokyo.

Also in Tokyo will be a 32 fader Artemis Beam – tasked with handling the audio in the 4K control room for “immersive” audio broadcasts – as well as two 40 fader Artemis consoles, for use by NBC Olympics as fly packs for ‘immersive’ beach volleyball and golf production.

Full IP routing will also be available in the IBC, with all Calrec consoles equipped with AoIP interfaces and a variety of fixed format and modular Hydra2 I/O, for connecting to an IP router.

For the remote production workflow, six RP1 units will connect NBC Olympics studios in the IBC with Stamford control rooms, as well as two studios on-site in Tokyo, basketball and volleyball venues to their home control rooms. Two Brio consoles are also in use at the downtown studios splitting the audio for redundancy between RP1 and Brio.

“NBC Olympics are very fortunate to once again have Calrec support us during our Olympic Games broadcast this summer in Tokyo,” says Karl Malone, Director, Sound Design, NBC Sports & NBC Olympics. “The quantity of Calrec Artemis consoles in use between our Olympic broadcast centers in Stamford and Tokyo is only matched by the number of Calrec Remote Production (RP1) units we have in use. Calrec consoles and technologies are the preferred choice for all NBC Audio mixers for reliability and ease of use.”


“Calrec consoles and technologies are the preferred choice
for all NBC Audio mixers for reliability and ease of use.”


Dave Letson, Vice President of Sales at Calrec says “We are delighted to be supporting NBC Olympics again by providing equipment for its presentation of the Games, especially with remote production on the rise.”

“Our RP1 units enable a workflow that overcomes challenges like latency and control that have previously been barriers for remote production models. Having RP1 used for NBC Olympics production of the world’s premier sporting event, illustrates perfectly the direction the industry is headed in.”


Calrec Brio 36 Medley - Synthax Audio UKCalrec Brio Duet & Medley for sports production

Calrec recently launched two new enhanced versions of their popular Brio console with the Calrec Brio Duet and Brio Medley packages, offering greater channel counts and expanded connectivity as standard.

Both the Calrec Brio 36 Duet and Brio 36 Medley consoles are in stock and available now at Synthax Audio UK. As Calrec’s official UK distributor for Brio and Type R, we will always have stock of both the Brio Duet and Brio Medley at our offices and demo space in Hemel Hempstead, just north of London.

“It’s an obvious choice to add a Brio as a local mixer in a remote studio,” says Simon Roome, Broadcast Sales Manager at Synthax UK. “While the remote solution of the RP1 allows remote mixing from the IBC, the Brio adds the security of a full mixing console that can be driven locally, should anything happen to the remote link.”

“The lightweight construction and compact footprint make the Brio portable and easy to install with the Hydra 2 connection allowing it to easily connect back to the IBC. The console can be installed with a minimum of manpower and effort and can be re-located quickly as the events move around during the games.”

If you’re a broadcast engineer operating in the UK and need a Brio supplied on the double, be sure to contact us, or give us a call on 01727 821 870!


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If you’d like to know more about the Calrec Brio 36 Duet & Medley, Type R or Hydra2 network, or would like to arrange a practical demonstration, give us a call on 01727 821 870 to speak to one of our team.

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