The first technology collaboration between Calrec and DiGiCo since the formation of the pro audio group enables DiGiCo consoles to be integrating onto a Hydra2 network via DiGiCo’s ‘anything in, anything out’ Orange Box equipped with Calrec’s new Hydra2 interface card. The Orange Box takes a variety of DiGiCo Multichannel Interface (DMI) cards that easily convert audio from one transport protocol to another.

DiGiCo Orange BoxCalrec has developed an interface card that allows third-party manufacturers to integrate Hyrda2 with its equipment. In this instance, the Calrec card sits on DiGiCo’s Hydra2 DMI card in the Orange Box and redundantly connects into a Hydra2 router via fibre-optic or copper – as any other Hydra2 I/O connection. A Madi DMI card also sits in the Orange Box, which in turn connects to any DiGiCo console.

The dual Madi connection allows 112 channels of audio to pass from the Hydra2 network, but provides more than just a transport system, it also gives operators added control. The link provides the ability to share labelling and control input gain along with I/O switching for phantom power and phase.

‘It was evident that DiGiCo consoles are regularly used as feeder consoles to Calrec consoles in the main OBs at large sporting events, so it seemed perfect for our first collaboration to link our consoles together on the Hydra2 network,’ says Calrec VP of Sales, Dave Letson. ‘This new development offers our customers the unique ability to have enhanced control that isn’t possible with the traditional Madi systems, and to save time and money by streamlining their workflows.’

Calrec also is in discussion with other manufacturers about developments that will allow their equipment to be similarly integrate into a Hydra2 network, continuing the comnpany’s ongoing ‘agnostic interoperability’ drive.

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