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Calrec Audio today announced that leading mobile television provider Lyon Video
is the first North American company to implement dual faders in a top-of-the-line
Apollo digital audio console. With the Apollo desk's modular design, the retrofit
was easy to accomplish, enabling the
Lyon-11 mobile production truck to redeploy earlier this month with an impressive
"Currently, our Lyon-11 is carrying more faders than any other production truck in
North America," said Chad Snyder, account manager at Lyon Video. "It's partly a
numbers game -- more faders are more impressive to our clients. But it's not just
numbers. For the viewer at home, the Apollo's increased power amounts to increased
accuracy in its ability to convey the reality of the event. And in the A-1's world,
having 144 faders is extremely empowering. In fact, dual faders are a natural
extension of the power of the Apollo."
Snyder also noted that in spite of its fader count, the Apollo's compact size makes
it well-suited for mobile production. In addition, both Lyon Video's clients and
freelance audio mixers are acclimating to the platform's superior processing power
and channel count as well as the I/O flexibility afforded by the integrated Hydra2
network. Snyder predicts Apollo will eventually replace the Calrec Alpha as the
"go-to" console for OB trucks.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Lyon Video is a full-service video and film
production company with dozens of clients including ESPN, FOX Sports, ABC, and the
SPEED Channel. Lyon Video installed the Calrec Apollo console with Bluefin2 HDSP in
Lyon-11 last year. The console's first dual-fader assignment was coverage of NBA All
Star Jam Session events from Center Court at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Calrec's Apollo console offers more than double the processing power of the previous
generation of audio consoles, a channel count that sets a new industry benchmark,
and a highly responsive, user-configurable control surface. Powered by Bluefin2, the
Apollo provides unrivalled resources at multiple sample rates. At 48 kHz, Bluefin2
gives Apollo up to 1,020 channel processing paths, 128 program busses, 96 IFB/track
outputs, and 48 auxiliaries.