Token Creek Mobile Television Counts on Calrec for 5.1 Surround-Sound in New HD Mobile Unit
Creek Mobile Television, Inc., a Wisconsin-based mobile television production
company with regional and national broadcast clients, has selected a Calrec
Sigma audio console equipped with Bluefin High Density Signal Processing (HDSP)
technology for its first HD broadcast truck, which will also be equipped for
full 5.1 surround-sound. The board will be delivered this month, and the truck
is slated to go on the road in September.
In a busy month, 20 operators might use a Token Creek truck for projects ranging
from college football games to boxing matches to a network telethon. Token
Creek’s chief engineer Brendan Clark recognizes that audio engineers hustle
from the time they get to work until the time they leave, and the job is
demanding: there is only one chance to get it right.
“If we are to provide the best client support possible, it is particularly
important that we supply equipment that is familiar to operators, easy to use,
packed with features, and reliable,” said Clark.
Before he started to design the new truck,
interviewed customers to find out what they wanted — and one thing they all
asked for was a Calrec audio board. “It’s not inexpensive, but it will
help us sell our new HD truck to clients,” he continued. “We know the
Calrec board is worth the investment.”
The Sigma 56-fader console will enable Token Creek’s clients to take advantage
of the unique power and efficiency of Bluefin HDSP, which provides 320 channel
processing paths packaged as 108 stereo and 104 mono channels on a single DSP
card, with full EQ and dynamics on all channels, groups, and main outputs. This
enables up to 52 full 5.1 surround-sound channels.
Another factor in Token Creek’s choice of the Sigma console was the forward and
backward compatibility assuring it will work with older equipment as well as
being ready for future upgrades.