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Twin Cities Public Television Upgrades to Calrec Omega Audio Console

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Aug. 17, 2011 — Calrec Audio today announced that Saint Paul, Minn.-based Twin Cities Public Television (tpt), one of the most watched public television stations in the country, is adding an Omega audio console to its equipment lineup. The new console will enhance tpt’s studio, live-to-air, and live-to-tape production capabilities.

“When evaluating the consoles on the market, the key factors for us were reliability and ease of use, and we’re confident the Omega from Calrec Audio will give us both,” said Bruce Jacobs, chief technologist at tpt. “Calrec has a reputation for giving broadcasters DSP and controls that allow them to be creative and deal with anything that might come up during a live production. Omega’s capabilities will be especially helpful in producing pledge drives, music specials, and ‘Almanac,’ our weekly public affairs program.”

The 40-fader Omega console delivers a number of features not previously available to tpt with its previous console. For instance, in the studio, the Omega allows tpt to track music productions to a digital multitrack recorder. Also, because Omega’s onboard memory can store up to 100 different groups of settings, operators can completely configure the system for each show and then save the configuration so it is easy to get back to later. That technical feature permits a broad range of users to switch rapidly from one production to another.

Omega uses Calrec’s award-winning Bluefin™ technology, and it features 240 channel processing paths packaged as 72 stereo and 96 mono channels, allowing up to 39 x 5.1 surround channels. Omega offers considerable power in a very compact frame. Providing greatly expanded monitoring options with full configurability, Omega also features Calrec’s unique TFT metering capabilities across the upstand. The console was designed to have as much control on the surface as possible and to maintain the immediacy of an assignable system without compromising access.

tpt plans to have the Omega installed and in operation by Nov. 1.

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About Twin Cities Public Television
Based in Saint Paul, Minn., Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) is one of the highest rated PBS affiliates in the nation, reaching more than 1.3 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels. The organization’s particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America’s aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with its mission to enrich lives and strengthen community. Over its 50+ year history, tpt has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmy® Awards.

About Calrec Audio
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 35 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital and analog consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at www.calrec.com.

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