Calrec teams with Net Insight to launch new remote production solution

Calrec Audio has entered into a strategic partnership with media transport and resource scheduling provider Net Insight with the aim of simplifying the challenges broadcasters are facing in deploying remote live productions.

A key aspect of the partnership will be the integration of Calrec’s RP1 Remote Production unit with Net Insight’s Nimbra platform, delivering ‘simple connectivity, quality assured transport and precise control of audio mixes from any location.’

The two companies have worked together to optimise Calrec’s Hydra2 audio and control protocols with the Nimbra platform and enable perfect connectivity on-site with no synchronisation issues. RP1 provides a variety of interface formats, including SDI and AES67, which can be transported alongside control data across the Nimbra platform.

The integration provides immediate workflow efficiency advantages for Net Insight customers in the field and will be offered as a turnkey solution for new customers.

The combined solution means productions can connect via analogue, AES, MADI, SDI, and the latest AoIP solutions from AES67, and SMPTE 2022 and transport remotely over IP. With all DSP processing for monitor mixes taken care of on-site, the transmission console at base can concentrate purely on the main programme mix.

“Setting up different interfaces on-site is time consuming, takes greater resource and means there are many more points in the chain where faults can occur,” said Fredrik Tumegård, CEO of Net Insight. “The integration of Net Insight’s Nimbra portfolio with Calrec’s RP1 takes away all this pain. This is another key step to unlocking the full potential of remote production.”

Dave Letson, vice president of sales of Calrec, added: “Remote broadcasting using RP1 and Net Insight Nimbra means fewer resources are needed on site, and controlling audio from a remote console saves money on setup time, crew, logistics and equipment. Production can be up and running quickly thanks to the plug and play unison of just two boxes and operation does not require high-level technical expertise, and provides assured no-latency audio processing from any venue to any production base.”

The workflow partnership will be a highlighted demonstration at IBC2017, which takes place at the RAI Amsterdam from 15-19 September.