Hydra2

Hydra2 provides seamless, scalable audio networking of audio mixing consoles with routers and I/O interfaces, allowing for a large numbers of inputs and outputs to be shared and controlled irrespective of location. Hydra2 does not compromise audio quality, performs with negligible latency and is founded on comprehensive, built-in fault detection and redundancy. Many of the world’s most successful broadcasters rely on Hydra2 infrastructure for live on-air application in both fixed and mobile installations every day.

At the heart of Hydra2 is the 8192² Calrec router (4096² on Summa and Artemis Light). Networks become more advanced when multiple routers are connected together to add additional mixing consoles, or to increase the amount of I/O connections available. Routers, mixing consoles and I/O can all be easily connected to the network as and when needed.

Hydra2 provides 1-to-n routing; input sources may be routed to any number of destinations in mixed formats, removing the need for external splits, distribution amplifiers and format convertors. Sources can be routed to multiple consoles, to multiple DSP inputs on each console and directly to output destinations all at the same time.

I/O units connect to a Hydra2 router via a single Cat5e or fibre link and can carry 512 channels of 24 bit 48KHz audio in each direction simultaneously, along with control and error detection data. Bandwidth between routers can be increased in multiples of 512 channels by adding additional Hydra2 links between them.

As with all Calrec products, audio quality and product reliability are our top concerns. All analogue pre-amps and line level paths are designed around our well proven and highly respected circuitry, providing very high headroom with a very low noise floor. Our lossless proprietary network transportation protocol does not compromise the high audio quality and maintains minimal latency.

H2O

H2O is a graphical user interface that provides administrator level control over Hydra2 networks and can be accessed via a web browser running on any PC with a network connection to the console.

By default, all mixing consoles on a Hydra2 network can access all the I/O on that network, irrespective of which router the I/O directly connects to. H2O provides comprehensive access rights management to the network, where users can manage the access rights of each individual console to safeguard set-ups and give privacy to multi-production environments.

H2O allows users to route input sources to output destinations without the use of a control surface, as well as edit I/O box labels, I/O port labels and port descriptions. H2O can also be used to enter SW-P-08 ID’s against I/O ports to allow control over source to destination routing by 3rd party controllers.

Hydra Patchbays

Unlike physical I/O interfaces, Hydra Patchbays are virtual patch-points within the Hydra2 domain that allows a console operator to patch DSP outputs to Hydra Patchbays, making them available to other console operators and H2O users on the network. Console operators can also use Hydra Patchbays as inputs, giving H2O users the ability to change the sources feeding input channels on control surfaces.

Hydra Patchbays are a powerful tool for control room and studio resource management, allowing remote network administrators to be able to put control rooms “on-air” and to manage the sources available to them.


I/O Technical Specification

Small Format I/O

AD6217 - Fieldbox
    FormatAnalogue, electronically balanced
    I/O8 x Mic/line inputs + 8 x line level outputs
    Input Gain-18 to +78dB, remotely controlled
    Phantom Power+48V remotely switchable
    Input Impedance5k
    ADC/DAC24 bit
    DimsLess than 1U - 40mm high x 220mm wide x 384mm deep
RY6211 - H2Hub
    AC input power100-240V AC, 0.30-0.13A RMS, 50/60Hz
    DC input power10 - 30V DC, 15VA max. Supply current - 1.25A @ 12V, 0.62A @ 24V
    DimsLess than 1U - 40mm high x 220mm wide x 284mm deep

AoIP

EG6266 - AoIP Interface Unit
    Capacityup to 512 x 512 channels using AES67/Ravenna and or AVB modules
    Dims44mm/1U high x 483mm wide x 225mm deep

MADI

JM5736 MADI I/O (Multimode SC)
JM5890 MADI I/O (Multimode ST)
JM5831 MADI I/O (Singlemode SC)
    FormatMADI (AES 10)
    Inputs2 x MADI (2 x 64/56 channels)
    Outputs2 x MADI (2 x 64/56 channels)
    ConnectorsBNC and Single & Multimode SC Fibre / Multimode ST Fibre
    GPIO CompatibleNo
    Height1U
    Width19" Rackmount (483mm)
    Depth9" (230mm)
    Depth inc. rear mating connectors12" (300mm)
    Approx weight7.5lb (3.4kg)
    Input Power100-240V AC, 0.20 - 0.12A RMS, 50/60Hz
    Acoustic Noise n/aNo fans fitted in this unit

Analogue I/O boxes

AD5782 Analogue Mic/Line 12 In/4 Out (XLR)
    FormatAnalogue
    Inputs12 Mic/Line
    Outputs4 Line Level
    ConnectorsXLR (Inputs - female, Outputs - Male)
    GPIO CompatibleYes
    Height2U
    Width19" Rackmount (483mm)
    Depth9" (230mm)
    Depth inc. rear mating connectors12" (300mm)
    Approx weight11.5lb (5.2kg)
    Input Power100-240V AC, 0.45 - 0.25A RMS, 50/60Hz
    Acoustic Noise26dB-SPL A-Weighted, 1m from source
AD5781 Analogue Mic/Line 24 In/8 Out (XLR)
    FormatAnalogue
    Inputs24 Mic/Line
    Outputs8 Line Level
    ConnectorsXLR (Inputs - female, Outputs - Male)
    GPIO CompatibleYes
    Height2U
    Width19" Rackmount (483mm)
    Depth9" (230mm)
    Depth inc. rear mating connectors12" (300mm)
    Approx weight12.5lb (5.7kg)
    Input Power100-240V AC, 0.60 - 0.31A RMS, 50/60Hz
    Acoustic Noise26dB-SPL A-Weighted, 1m from source
AD5780 Analogue Mic/Line 48 In/16 Out (XLR)
    FormatAnalogue
    Inputs48 Mic/Line
    Outputs16 Line Level
    ConnectorsXLR (Inputs - female, Outputs - Male)
    GPIO CompatibleYes
    Height4U
    Width19" Rackmount (483mm)
    Depth9" (230mm)
    Depth inc. rear mating connectors12" (300mm)
    Approx weight16.1 lb (7.3kg)
    Input Power100-240V AC, 1.05 - 0.51A RMS, 50/60Hz
    Acoustic Noise27dB-SPL A-Weighted, 1m from source
AE5743 Analogue Mic/Line 32 In/32 Out - EDAC (Standard Pin-Out)
AE5991 Analogue Mic/Line 32 In/32 Out - EDAC (“Style 1” Pin-Out)
AE5992 Analogue Mic/Line 32 In/32 Out - EDAC (“Style 2” Pin Out)
    FormatAnalogue
    Inputs32 Mic/Line
    Outputs32 Line Level
    Connectors38 pin male EDAC (Inputs and Outputs)
    GPIO CompatibleYes
    Height3U
    Width19" Rackmount (483mm)
    Depth9" (230mm)
    Depth inc. rear mating connectors12" (300mm)
    Approx weight11.5lb (5.2kg)
    Input Power100-240V AC, 1.05 - 0.51A RMS, 50/60Hz
    Acoustic Noise27dB-SPL A-Weighted, 1m from source

Digital I/O boxes

JB5606 Digital AES3 16 In/16 Out (BNC)
    FormatDigital AES3 unbalanced
    Inputs16
    Outputs16
    ConnectorsBNC
    GPIO CompatibleYes
    Height2U
    Width19" Rackmount (483mm)
    Depth9" (230mm)
    Depth inc. rear mating connectors12" (300mm)
    Approx weight8.6lb (3.9kg)
    Input Power100-240V AC, 0.24 - 0.13A RMS, 50/60Hz
    Acoustic Noise26dB-SPL A-Weighted, 1m from source
JB5783 Digital AES3 32 In / 32 Out (BNC)
    FormatDigital AES3 unbalanced
    Inputs32
    Outputs32
    ConnectorsBNC
    GPIO CompatibleYes
    Height3U
    Width19" Rackmount (483mm)
    Depth9" (230mm)
    Depth inc. rear mating connectors12" (300mm)
    Approx weight14.3lb (6.5kg)
    Input Power100-240V AC, 0.38 - 0.20A RMS, 50/60Hz
    Acoustic Noise26dB-SPL A-Weighted, 1m from source
JB5962 Digital AES3 32 In / 32 Out (BNC)
    FormatDigital AES3 unbalanced
    Inputs32
    Outputs32
    ConnectorsBNC
    GPIO CompatibleNo
    Height3U
    Width19" Rackmount (483mm)
    Depth9" (230mm)
    Depth inc. rear mating connectors12" (300mm)
    Approx weight114.3b (6.5kg)
    Input Power100-240V AC, 0.38 - 0.20A RMS, 50/60Hz
    Acoustic Noise26dB-SPL A-Weighted, 1m from source

Modular I/O boxes

Analogue Modular I/O Cards

AD5840 - 4 x Mic/Line In (XLR)
    TypeBalanced Mic/Line Level
    Inputs4
    Outputs0
    Input Gain Range-18dB to +78dB, remotely controlled per input
    Phantom Power48V, remotely switchable per input
    Input Impedance2KΩ @ Mic level / 10Ω @ Line level (auto switching)
    ADC24 bit
AL5870 - 2 x Mic/Line In with Splits (XLR)
    TypeBalanced Mic/Line Level
    Inputs2
    Outputs2
    Input Gain Range-18dB to +78dB, remotely controlled per input
    Phantom Power48V, remotely switchable per input
    Input Impedance2KΩ @ Mic level / 10Ω @ Line level (auto switching)
    ADC24 bit
DA5867 - 4 x Line Out (XLR)
    TypeBalanced Line Level
    Inputs0
    Outputs4
    Output Impedance<40Ω
    ADC24 bit
AD5838 - 8 x Analogue Line Level Inputs
    TypeBalanced Line Level
    Inputs8
    Outputs0
    Input Impedance10KΩ
    ADC24 bit
AD6057 - 8 x Analogue Mic/Line Level Inputs
    TypeBalanced Mic/Line Level
    Inputs8
    Outputs0
    Input Gain Range-18dB to +78dB, remotely controlled per input
    Phantom Power48V remotely switchable per input
    Input Impedance5KΩ
    ADC24 bit
DA5839 - 8 x Analogue Line Out (D-Type)
TypeBalanced Line Level
Inputs0
Outputs8
Output Impedance<40Ω
ADC24 bit

Digital Modular I/O Cards

JB5860 - 4 x Digital AES Input (BNC)
    TypeAES3id (75Ω unbalanced)
    Input Range0.3V-1.2V Pk-Pk
    Audio ConnectorBNC
    Inputs4
    SRC24 bit, remotely switchable per input
JB5837 - 4 x Digital AES Output (BNC)
    TypeAES3id (75Ω unbalanced)
    Output1V Pk-Pk nominal into 75Ω
    Audio ConnectorBNC
    Outputs4
JX5869 - 4 x Digital AES Input (XLR)
    TypeAES3 (110Ω balanced)
    Input Range0.2V-7.0V Pk-Pk
    Audio ConnectorFemale XLR
    Inputs4
    SRC24 bit, remotely switchable per input
JX5868 - 4 x Digital AES Output (XLR)
    TypeAES3 (110Ω unbalanced)
    Output3.5V Pk-Pk nominal into 110Ω
    Audio ConnectorXLR
    Outputs4
JD5842 - 8 In, 8 Out Digital AES (D-Type)
    TypeAES3 (110Ω balanced)
    Input range0.2V-7.0V Pk-Pk
    Output Voltage3.5V nominal into 110Ω
    Audio ConnectorsInputs - 25 pin female D-Type, Outputs 25 pin male D-Type
    Inputs8
    Outputs8
    SRC24 bit, remotely switchable per input
JM6199 - MADI In/Out AES10 (BNC/SFP)
    TypeMADI (AES 10)
    Input1 x 64/56 channel input stream (at 48KHz)
    Output1 x 64 channel output stream (at 48KHz)
    ConnectorBNC + SFP

SDI Modular I/O Cards

VI5872 - 2 x SDI Embedder (BNC)
    TypeSD/HD/3G
    SDI ConnectorBNC
    Outputs2 x SDI (16 audio channels each)
    Inputs2 x SDI in (audio discarded)
VO5841 - 2 x SDI De-Embedder (BNC)
    TypeSD/HD/3G
    SDI ConnectorBNC
    Inputs2 x SDI (16 audio channels in each)
    Outputs2 (SDI "Thru")

GPIO Modular I/O Cards

WY5858 - GPIO, 8 In / 8 full Changeover Out
WY5859 - GPIO, 8 In / 16 Out

AoIP Cards

BI6192 - Dante with Network Redundancy (RJ45)
    TypeDante
    Input64 (at 48KHz or 44.1KHz), 32 (at 96KHz)
    Output64 (at 48KHz or 44.1KHz), 32 (at 96KHz)
    ConnectorRJ45
BI6218 - Waves Soundgrid (RJ45)
    TypeSoundgrid
    Input64
    Output64
    ConnectorRJ45