Calrec launches Type R to address the rising demand for automated audio consoles.

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Automated: The console can be configured and driven from the production control room’s vision switcher and remote fader panel

Calrec’s new Type R for TV virtual mixing console is driven by station automation to allow customers to take advantage of virtual workflows.

Henry Goodman, director of product management at Calrec, says the product addresses the rising demand for automated audio consoles in smaller news operations. “More often we’re seeing the console surface not used at all, which is driving the demand for broadcast-level virtual consoles,” he added.

Type R for TV is compatible with established station automation systems including Ross Overdrive, Sony ELC and Grass Valley Ignite. Furthermore, it provides fully automated programming with real-time adjustment of unpredictable external factors via a standard web browser.

Type R’s small, adaptable and highly portable hardware elements can be easily added if desired. Powered by standard PoE switches, Type R has three different panel options. If broadcasters prefer a physical surface, then banks of six faders can be added. Adaptable soft panels like Calrec’s Large Soft Panel (LSP) and Small Soft Panel (SSP) can also be used.

Calrec Assist web UI is available to access the virtual desk on almost any device, wherever in the world a user is, claims the company. Assist works over TCP/IP and offers minimal control lag, which makes minor adjustments easy and quick to do.