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NBC Sports selects Calrec remote audio workflows for Winter Games

February 16, 2022

NBC Sports has selected Calrec to provide remote audio workflows for its production of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games from Beijing, China, February 2–20, 2022. The announcement was made today by Karl Malone, Director, Sound Design, NBC Sports & NBC Olympics, and Dave Letson, VP of Sales, Calrec Audio.

NBCUniversal provides coverage of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games from Feb. 2-20, featuring a Winter Olympics-record 2,800+ hours of coverage across NBC, Peacock, USA Network, CNBC, and the NBC Sports app. The Opening Ceremony was presented on Friday, Feb. 4, live in the morning and again in primetime on NBC and Peacock. Similar to recent Winter Games, NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage began the night before the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 3. Coverage began on Wednesday, Feb. 2, on USA Network and Peacock. NBCUniversal is presenting its 18th Olympic Games, 12th consecutive overall, and sixth straight Winter Games, all the most by any U.S. media company.

For the first time ever, NBC Sports will employ fully remote audio workflows for all its production of the Winter Games, with no audio consoles physically on-site at the event. NBC Sports will have four Calrec RP1 Remote Production cores in the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Beijing to cover numerous studios. Full control for the IBC remote production cores will be provided on Artemis consoles based at NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

In addition, NBC Sports has installed four remote production units at four remote venues in Beijing. These will be connected over Dante to Artemis consoles in OB units in Stamford.

“Calrec will, once again, be a strong partner to NBC Sports’ production of the Winter Games,” said Malone. “Their support of our operation has been key to our audio successes during multiple productions of the Olympic Games. NBC Sports have been strong users of their remote technologies, which are becoming even more important in today’s pandemic-related logistical problems and have been key to NBC Sports’ remote workflows for the past two Olympic Games.”

“Remote Production workflows are hitting the right notes for many of our customers as they assess the best way of working for specific live events,” said Letson. “We’re so pleased to be able to work with NBC Sports on their first ever fully-remote audio production of the event.”

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