Riedel Intercom System Delivers Reliability and Clear Communications for the Royal Shakespeare Company

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Riedel Communications today announced that the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has deployed a new Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom network and Bolero wireless intercom system at its main auditorium: the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. To manage live performances of plays by Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and living artists at the 1,018-seat theater, the Riedel solutions replaced an existing wired, two-ring intercom system.

“In choosing a new intercom system, our main priorities were reliability, sound quality, and ease of use. We tried another wireless system without success, and after looking at a variety of other solutions, Riedel was an easy choice,” said Jeremy Dunn, Head of Sound for the RSC. “As soon as it was safe for the Riedel team to enter our theater after the COVID lockdown, the company quickly conducted a site survey, compiled a system design, and performed a smooth installation despite supply chain issues. The system was up and running in time for our next show and has been performing exceptionally ever since.”

PLIANT® TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES HIGH DENSITY MODE UPDATE FOR CREWCOM®

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Building on its tried-and-trusted CrewCom professional wireless intercom solution, Pliant Technologies announces the CrewCom v1.10 Update. The latest CrewCom firmware and software update, version 1.10, adds two new major features as well as several enhancements to its already long list of capabilities.

Topping the list is the addition of a new High Density mode, which is a selectable mode of operation that allows user densities to increase by more than five-fold. When implemented, this new software-selectable mode supports up to 32 Radio Packs (RPs) on a single Radio Transceiver (RT) while allowing any of the RPs to communicate using four available full-duplex talk paths. In addition, users will have the flexibility to simultaneously deploy “Normal” mode-enabled RPs and RTs along with High Density mode-enabled hardware, providing ultimate adaptability for application-specific setups.

Pliant Technologies Releases 4-Wire Adapter for MicroCom XR

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Offering a solution to enhance the flexibility of its MicroCom XR wireless intercom system, Pliant Technologies announces the new 4-Wire I/O Interface and Two-Way Radio Headset Adapter (PAC-MC4W-IO). Designed with MicroCom XR wireless intercom customers’ workflows in mind, this small-but-mighty solution adds additional users by connecting a MicroCom XR system to a variety of wired and wireless intercom systems that use an industry-standard 4-wire connection. In addition, it also offers a direct intercom interface from the MicroCom XR to many two-way radio devices.

“We have been receiving very positive feedback from our MicroCom XR wireless intercom customers since its launch last year,” says Gary Rosen, Vice President of global sales for Pliant Technologies. “An outstanding feature for MicroCom XR users has been the system’s ease-of-use and flexibility. With the new 4-wire I/O and two-way radio interface capability, we have enhanced the system’s flexibility with a user-friendly solution that allows anyone to interface to a 4-wire intercom system, or to simply interface with a line-level analog audio connection with MicroCom XR.”

Riedel and Backstage Academy Partner to Prepare Next Generation of Live Event Professionals

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In a strong move to support the next generation of live event professionals, Riedel Communications teamed up with Backstage Academy to provide hands-on training using the latest equipment. Students in the three-year Backstage Academy training program are fully immersed in the work of live event production. Working alongside highly respected industry professionals, they use best-in-class equipment — including Riedel’s Artist and Bolero intercom systems — in state-of-the-art studio spaces to hone their skills in creating exceptional live experiences.

“We’re training tomorrow’s professionals, so it’s important that we get the best and most current gear in front of these students,” said Backstage Industry Partnership Director Miles Marsden. “We’re proud that our students graduate with cutting-edge skills, immediately ready to fill any shortages in the industry as it bounces back to pre-pandemic levels. Our close partnership with Riedel helps make this possible.”

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre Calls on Pliant Technologies’ MicroCom XR

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Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, also known as ManPAC, is a national leader in the curation and presentation of quality arts and cultural experiences that appeal to local artists and the community as a whole. Head of Staging Ciaron McCormack relies on Pliant Technologies MicroCom XR digital wireless intercom system to provide production staff with a dependable communication solution to put on ManPAC’s high-quality events.

“As head of staging, it’s my responsibility to make sure everything is organized for our clients so that their production runs as smoothly as possible, both on and off the stage,” says McCormack. “Pliant’s MicroCom XR, paired with the brand’s SmartBoom headsets, allows me to provide the crew with the tools they need for clear communication between the front of house and backstage areas.”

Riedel Extends Comms and Signal Distribution Solutions Supporting 2021 Eurovision Song Contest

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For the 15th year, Riedel Communications provided advanced intercom and signal distribution technologies and on-site engineering support for the record-breaking 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). Staged May 18-22 at the Rotterdam Ahoy, this year’s broadcast marked the ESC debut of several new Riedel solutions, including the top-of-the-line Artist-1024 digital matrix intercom node and SFP modules from the new MediorNet IP range of signal processing solutions.

Back after a pandemic-induced cancellation in 2020, the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest drew an audience of 183 million viewers across 36 markets — with a live audience for the Grand Final show on May 22 that was an estimated 4% higher than that of the 2019 competition. Riedel supplied a complete solution that included not only intercom and signal distribution, but also accreditation, access control, commentary systems, and a comprehensive IT infrastructure for staff, broadcasters, and attending press members.