Calrec Audio today announced that a fully customizable 3U I/O interface box that fits into its Hydra2 Network system will debut at the 2010 NAB Show. The new modular I/O box, designed to meet the rigors of live production whether in an OB truck or on a studio floor, contributes to fast, easy signal routing among devices on an audio network.
While Calrec already offers a selection of fixed-format I/O boxes, the 3U I/O box’s modular design means it can be targeted for the specifics of a particular job — no need to overkill on investment. Likewise, its mix of audio interfaces and high-density connections supports cost-effective operation while at the same time reducing system size. To simplify installation, the 3U I/O box was designed with all audio connections and control positioned in front and power cables located in the rear.
“Arrayed on the network, Calrec Hydra2 I/O interface boxes support maximum audio routing flexibility and minimum installation overhead,” said Jim Wilmer, Calrec director of sales for the Americas. “Additionally, our latest I/O box’s modular design gives customers the flexibility to buy exactly what they need.”
The Calrec Hydra2 network system is part of the company’s Apollo/Artemis console platform, linking the console control surface to the high-capacity 8192 x 8192 router and providing all of its I/O capability. Hydra2 is distinguished by highly intelligent software that recognizes and instantly alerts appropriate clients to network changes. More benefits include one-to-many routing, 512 bidirectional channels of I/O per connection, and reduced latency.