Based in Madison Wisonsin, Rush Media’s recently completed six strong new OB fleet primarily serves sports TV broadcast using Calrec Audio’s Brio36 digital audio console for high-quality audio with a small footprint.

Calrec Audio Brio36Each of the new mobile units are custom 40ft straight trucks with expanding sides with eight camera control units, two eight-channel replay servers, two graphics generators, a 36-input switcher, a 48-port communication frame and a main truck router with full audio capabilities.

‘The Brio36 is the perfect fit to bring all of the equipment elements together, in a limited space, with no other console at this price point coming close,’ says Rush Media Senior Engineer, Rusty Cummins. ‘The Brio36 has many functions that I’ve used in the past with larger Calrec consoles. With high frame rate cameras being a standard complement on our trucks, delay on every input and output is a must. Also, the Hydra2 network has made it easy to expand the I/O and network multiple desks together.’

The Brio36 provides 36 dual layer faders and by using its Hydra2 expansion port, Rush Media was able to double the size of the console’s I/O. Using Madi in and out of the truck router, provided the company with more than enough paths in the space available.

The company’s newest mobile unit is being used for all home and away broadcasts for a major league soccer team. The home broadcasts require multiple transmission feeds with unique audio assignments, as well as providing the visiting team with separate field FX microphones to be used for their broadcasts. According to Cummins, the combination of extra I/O provided by the Br.IO wallbox and Madi to the truck router makes it easy for the operator to provide these feeds.

‘Our job became a lot easier once we made the switch to Calrec, with both integration and implementation,’ says Cummins. ‘With various engineers using the console from show to show, ease of use is really important. The Brio, as with all Calrec consoles, is built for broadcast. With the Brio36, the user is up and running a few minutes after sitting down. We are planning to add more mobile units to our fleet next year and additional Calrec audio consoles will be included in this expansion.’

Rush Media offers a smaller, cost-effective alternative to the full-budget, larger footprint mobile units that have been a staple for regional and national sports networks and is a producer of live sports broadcasts as both a packager and truck provider for numerous networks, including Fox, CBS, NBCSN and ATTSN.

‘Rush Media chose Calrec consoles to outfit its fleet due to the reliability and industry user familiarity with our products,’ says Calrec Regional Sales Manager, Helen Carr. ‘We are happy to be incorporated in this new expansion and look forward to continuing to work with Rush Media in 2019 as the company adds more mobile units to its fleet.’

More: www.calrec.com

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