Calrec to end analogue console production

November 30, 2010, is the final date for production of Calrec Audio’s analogue audio consoles, although the company has pledged to provide component spares for a further ten years.
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November 30, 2010, is the final date for production of Calrec Audio’s analogue audio consoles. The company is offering an opportunity to make final purchases of S2, C2 and M3 analogue consoles, along with modules and card assemblies, and has pledged to provide component spares and offer repairs for a further 10 years.

In keeping with a long-standing support policy, Calrec will continue to provide component spares and repair services for the S2, C2 and M3 consoles for a minimum of 10 years from shipment date. In the event original components or parts become unavailable, Calrec will offer appropriate alternatives, including hardware/software solutions.

According to Calrec, the decision to stop making analogue consoles results from the broadcast market’s general adoption of digital technology. Calrec had already stopped manufacturing its T-Series and Q2 analogue consoles.

Calrec distributors will be contacting existing Calrec analogue console customers to advise them of the details of the final purchase offer and to assess their need for consoles, modules and cards. Questions should be directed to Calrec’s distribution network (www.calrec.com/contacts/worldwide.htm), or directly to Calrec on enquiries@calrec.com.

More analysis and comment regarding this announcement on the next PSNE newsletter.

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