Calrec Audio has launched a modular and expandable IP-based radio system which combines standard networking technology with configurable soft panels.
The Type R system has three slimline panels: a fader panel, a large soft panel and a small soft panel. Each is compatible with COTS hardware and powered over Ethernet to keep cabling to a minimum.
Type R has a simple 2U core with integrated I/O resources to get customers up and running immediately. A single core can power up to three independent mixing environments, with no sharing of DSP resources.
“Type R is a thoroughly modern and customer-focused radio broadcast system that adapts to a station’s needs as its requirements evolve,” said Henry Goodman, director of product management at Calrec Audio. “It provides simple customisation across established networks, open control protocols and surface personalisation. With a native IP backbone, Type R provides an infrastructure for future expansion. It guarantees stations are not only able to keep pace with changing demands, they are also able to use its capabilities to ignite their audiences with new and innovative programming.”
The touchscreen soft panels are designed around colourful control elements and can be customised as multi-function panels. Soft panels can be utilised in either landscape or portrait formats and used to provide adaptable and specific functionality for talent, while ensuring overall control is maintained by the station technical team. This functionality can be quickly changed from show-to-show using memory loads and can be tailored to fit the needs of the talent.
Bussing, including the creation of mix-minus feeds, is quick to assign, while EQ and dynamics control is clear and fast. It is a pure radio platform designed for a fast-paced modern environment.
Calrec Audio will be showing the new console at NAB 2018 (April 7-12) in Booth C7408.