Get up and go with Brio from Calrec


Calrec is proud to present Brio, the most powerful and compact digital broadcast audio console in its class. The smallest in Calrec’s Bluefin2 family, Brio’s control surface is unlike any other console. At only 892mm wide, the 36 dual-layer fader surface provides more faders in a given footprint than any other audio console.

Based on Calrec’s 20 years of digital development, Brio’s uncluttered, compact, and configurable surface gives instant access to a large number of audio paths, whilst an intuitive 15.6-inch HD touchscreen UI provides quick access to more in-depth control. A bank of illuminating hardware rotary controls gives fast and precise control over parameters displayed in the touchscreen UI.
“Brio provides something unique at this price-point - a mixing console completely focused on the needs of broadcasters and broadcast infrastructures,” said Calrec Vice President of Sales Dave Letson. “This amount of scalable and managed I/O, comprehensive monitoring, surround sound, and high bus quantities provides a degree of dedicated broadcast functionality that has never been available at this level.”

Brio is entirely self-contained, with analogue and digital I/O and GPIO built into the surface. Additional expansion I/O slots allow for further I/O integration. Fitting an available Hydra2 module makes it possible to connect to and share audio over Calrec’s Hydra2 network and furthermore to multiple video- and audio-over-IP networks such as SMPTE 2022, Dante, AES67, Ravenna, and SoundGrid. Multiformat support protects the system against any future formats that emerge and allows the console to sit on multiple networks simultaneously if desired.

Brio is powerful, too, with the ability to freely change path assignment and width on the fly. Standard broadcast-specific features include:

- 64 mono-equivalent legs that can be assigned as mono, stereo, or 5.1 input channels
- 36 mono-equivalent legs that can be assigned as mono, stereo, or 5.1 mains or groups (maximum of 4 mains and 8 groups)
- 24 mono-equivalent legs that can be assigned as mono or stereo auxes (maximum of 24 auxes)
- 64 direct or mix-minus outputs, with AutoMinus and Off-Air Conference
- Comprehensive surround and downmixing facilities
- Complete integrated loudness metering
- AutoFaders and AutoMixers
- Integration with remote control and production automation systems via CSCP, SW-P-08, EMBER, and GPIO remote control functionality
- EQ and dynamics on every channel, group, and main
With plenty of delay resources, dynamics, integrated talkback, and multiple monitor outputs, Brio is broadcast-ready with no compromise or workarounds.

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Remote production offers the ability to capture a broader range of live events, such as sports, news or regional music festivals. Broadcasters cannot always justify the time or expense of sending a dedicated outside broadcast truck and a team of skilled onsite operators for these niche events, but they must always ensure that the same high broadcast standards are met.

Calrec’s new RP1 remote production engine is a 2U core that contains integrated, FPGA-based DSP, which enables a console surface at another facility to control all mixing functionality. The RP1 core manages all the processing for IFB routing and remote monitor mixes, and it does so locally with no latency. This level of integration and remote control makes it simple for any remote mix engineer to set up IFB mixes and eradicates any delay for remote listeners or presenters.

The RP1 core quickly embeds audio into existing video-transport mechanisms, while its modular I/O backbone accepts any of Calrec’s I/O cards. This versatility means the RP1 can connect via analogue, AES, MADI, SDI, and the latest AoIP solutions from AES67, Ravenna, Dante, and SMPTE 2022.

In addition, the RP1 core allows broadcasters to create very low-cost Hydra2 networks for all audio routing requirements. The RP1 provides connectivity to any Calrec Hydra2 I/O box, including Calrec’s ultra-compact Fieldbox and H2Hub, providing a cost-effective way to adapt to the requirements of any situation. Such connectivity gives broadcasters access to Hydra2’s inherent management features, such as port protection, alias files, and access rights.

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