On 27 January 2015, Calrec Audio announced two new developments in the company’s product range. The first is a 4U console core with a new look. Benefiting from significant hardware improvements, the core is used for the Summa and Artemis Light consoles.
The new core offers some benefits over its predecessor, including improved green credentials. Not only does it have faster and more efficient processors, it now operates with 5 percent lower power consumption and fewer fans, which are more easily accessible for maintenance. The new fans also have automatic speed control and ambient temperature-sensing, which enable them to run 8 decibels quieter at 25 degrees Celsius. There is even less noise at lower temperatures, and the fans operate at lower, less noticeable frequencies.
The new rack’s cleaner design has clearer status LEDs and labelling, with the added functionality of the Control Processor LAN sockets being independently configurable via the user interface. This provides simpler configuration of third-party controllers such as Calrec’s Assist.
Also announced, was a single-slot modular MADI card that fits into the 3U modular Hydra2 box. Not only does the new card offer 64 bidirectional channels, but it also includes a sample-rate converter.