NEP UK implements Calrec consoles and routing technology at Wimbledon 2019

15 Calrec consoles, alongside Calrect networking and routing technology and I/O boxes, were deployed by NEP UK for the coverage of the renowned tennis tournament Wimbledon 2019. In addition, three extra consoles were used in NEP OB trucks for the Centre Court, Court One and Court Two coverage.

The host broadcaster of the tournament was Wimbledon Broadcast Services (WBS). The video network was all IP (SMPTE ST 2110) and eleven Calrec consoles, 10 Summa and One Brio, were implemented, including consoles for the Wimbledon Channel and the media centre. Furthermore, NEP collaborated with a major US broadcaster for their coverage, including streaming, using three Calrec consoles – two Artemis and one Brio – in their three control rooms.

Jimmy Parkin, Sound Engineer at NEP Broadcast Services, gives more details about the Calrec technology used at the tournament: “We have worked extensively with Calrec over the years. The networking flexibility and easy scalability of their technology were central to the success of this Wimbledon 2019 project. We needed audio operators to be able to easily access any source from any court without having to move anything or plug anything in; any console can “talk” with any other console on the network. We also needed to integrate IP networks with Calrec’s Hydra 2 networking technology and using their interfaces made this very easy. Pre-event offsite planning, using Calrec’s H2O GUI for the Hydra 2 network, meant that we could accurately name and label ports before any hardware was connected.”

Parkin adds: “It worked seamlessly. The way that Calrec’s technology allows resources to appear on a network, and then how effortless it was to move those resources across the network, made our life so much simpler. Adding additional I/O boxes was also really easy too. This was a very complex project, but we were working with good people and great technology.”