NEP has begun phase two of its large-scale, fleetwide technology enhancement with major audio infrastructure upgrades for seven of the company’s U.S.-based mobile broadcasting vehicles.
The enhancement includes router upgrades to support 16 channels of embedded audio across all recording and playback devices, as well as inbound and outbound paths to remote outside broadcasting locations.
Although the audio will eventually be upgraded on NEP’s entire fleet of U.S. mobile broadcasting units, the company is planning to complete the upgrade on seven HD vehicles over this summer.
They include PESA router upgrades for full embedded audio with LED legend-able panels in SS18, SS16, SS20, ND5 and ND6. The audio upgrade is a full-featured retrofit that will enable channel swapping, shuffle, delay and phase adjustments for each path while maintaining full sample accuracy.
This audio enhancement project will also include Calrec audio console upgrades to NCPX and NCPVII, including the addition of BlueFin technology.
Since announcing the massive fleetwide enhancements in January, NEP has made significant progress on the first phase, upgrading 30 HD vehicles to state-of-the-art Grass Valley K-Frame modular video processing engines with Kayenne Video Production Center switcher platforms.
In addition to the switcher and embedded audio retrofits, NEP will launch other phases of the enhancement program in the coming months. These include improving the vehicles’ slow-motion replay capabilities using EVS XT3 servers, replacing copper cable with fiber-optic cable to interconnect multiple vehicles on larger productions and new monitor walls in several mobile units.
NEP has also begun a refurbishing and upgrade program for its “B” units and a project to install The Wall, the company’s new Apple iPad app for fast and easy configuration of complex monitor walls. The fleet upgrade will take place in cycles over the next three years in order not to disrupt scheduled productions.