Calrec Artemis Beam With Bluefin2 Helps Crosscreek Build Lighter Truck

Crosscreek Television Productions has installed a Calrec 64-fader Artemis Beam console in Voyager 10, its newest remote-broadcast truck. Although the Alabaster, AL-based company has other Calrec consoles in its truck fleet, Voyager 10 is the first to be equipped with Calrec’s Bluefin2 HDSP technology.

The Artemis console with Bluefin2 enabled the company to build a lighter, denser truck without sacrificing performance, according to Crosscreek Director of Engineering Harris Mueller. “With the Voyager 10, we were attempting to build a lighter truck with a smaller footprint but with the same capacity as our other trucks. The Bluefin technology allowed us to do that. This truck is about 2,000 lbs. lighter than its sister trucks, but the capacity for audio-signal processing is virtually unlimited.”

The Artemis console inside the 53-ft. HD expando truck is equipped with both Bluefin2 technology and Calrec’s Hydra2 integrated audio networking and routing, which means that all I/O is handled by Hydra2 using a variety of analog, AES digital, and MADI units. The two technologies together give the console 340 fully featured DSP channels, 128 program buses, 64 interruptible feedback (IFB)/track outputs, 32 auxiliaries, and a high-capacity 8192² crosspoint router.

Voyager 10 is destined mostly for sporting events, including college sports in the Atlantic Coast Conference, TNA Wrestling, and engagements for ESPN. The truck was designed to accommodate events with very intensive audio specs that require several different mixes and submixes.

Like Crosscreek’s Voyager 9 OB truck, the system inside Voyager 10, which debuted in late 2011, was integrated by Beck Associates.