Following the demand to provide alternatives to traditional broadcast workflows including remote production and IP integration, Calrec has released the VP2 headless console to streamline workflows, reduce downtime on consoles, improve cost efficiency and expand variety of coverage, plus integrate with other equipment via open source transport mechanisms.

Calrec Audio VP2‘The desire for a dedicated broadcast mixing solution with the requisite I/O infrastructure, processing and feature set is still imperative,’ the company says. ‘Resilience and redundancy cannot be compromised, so Calrec has taken the next step with the introduction of the Type R headless console.’

Over recent years there has been a steady move towards unmanned audio rooms in news operations, using station automation systems. Calrec’s Serial Control Protocol (CSCP) has already provided a successful transition to this model, allowing the audio console to be configured and driven entirely from the production control room’s vision switcher and remote fader panel. VP2 is a virtualised mixing system with no physical control surface. Calrec Serial Control Protocol (CSCP) can allow the audio console to be completely controlled by an automation system.

Set-up and control of VP2’s 4U core – available with 128, 180 and 240 input channels and incorporating Calrec’s Hydra2 networking solution – is via Calrec’s Assist software, which can be accessed from multiple locations via a web-browser. The technical director/operator can be given basic control functions whereas an engineer can delve deeper to fine tune the set-up or recall different set-ups as needed.


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