The Public Television of Russia was launched in May 2013 by decree of the Russian government. The new Moscow broadcast facilities have since been fitted out with four Artemis Light consoles with 32 faders and Hydra I/O boxes. All the consoles are connected by Calrec’s Hydra2 plug-and-play audio routing system, which enables the station to create a network of consoles.
Chief technical director of The Public Television of Russia, Pavel Ozhigano says: “With the Calrec desks, we can configure in any combination we need for any production and send any source to any output of any console, so we can easily pass productions from one studio to another with full redundancy of interfaces, Hydra connections, and consoles.”
“A decentralized system makes it possible for us to connect our mics anywhere in the Hydra network to create ‘interstudio’ productions. In launching this channel on a short timeline, we couldn’t afford to take risks, so it was important to install proven equipment that is known in the industry for its reliability and performance with the support to back it up,” adds Ozhigano. Artemis Light has enormous routing and processing capacity and uses Calrec’s Hydra2 technology and award-winning Bluefin2 high-density signal processing.
Bluefin2 gives the console 240 channel processing paths with up to 128 program busses, 64 IFB/track outputs, and 32 auxiliaries — all in a 4U enclosure. The console’s integrated router means all I/O functions can be performed by Hydra2 using high-capacity 8192² cross point routers and a variety of I/O units.
Calrec European sales manager, Michael Reddick says: “The Public Television of Russia studios were built from the ground up for maximum flexibility and efficiency, and it’s gratifying that Calrec played such an important role in that design.”