Reidel extends intercom for Al Jazeera and Manhattan Center Studios
Michelle Clancy | 17-06-2013
Riedel Communications has announced that Manhattan Center Studios is extending its Riedel intercom system to tie together all of its studios and performance halls, as well as a new client news network, Al Jazeera America, that will be completed this summer.
Manhattan Center Studios is one of the largest Riedel intercom integrations in the Americas.
"We believe that the Riedel intercom is on another level from its competition, and with every software release, it becomes both more powerful and easier to programme," said Marvin Williams, director of engineering and operations at Manhattan Center Studios. "There is no request a production or client can make that we cannot accommodate. Now that we are completely Riedel — Artist matrix and keypanels, Performer digital party lines, and Acrobat wireless — the whole system is a pleasure to use. Investing in Riedel is one of the best decisions we ever made."
The Manhattan Center is known for hosting performances and special events in which media and entertainment come together. With its unique location in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the facility is a mid-size venue for corporate galas, charity fundraisers, award shows, rock concerts and fashion shows. The Manhattan Center is home to the Hammerstein Ballroom, originally created as an opera house, as well as a full ballroom, two full TV studios, the Log Cabin and Studio seven audio studios, and 20-plus edit suites, all of which are connected with Riedel intercom systems.
The new installation includes 64-port and 32-port Artist digital matrix intercom mainframes, both equipped with redundant power supplies and CPU cards and featuring fibre connectivity. MADI Client cards allow the transparent transport of up to 64 MADI signals through the Artist infrastructure. For accessing the intercom matrix, a combination of new OLED rack-mount (RCP-1112) and desktop (DCP-1116) key panels have been distributed across the facility. In addition, its Acrobat wireless system was expanded with a new CC-60 system controller, ten new beltpacks, and additional antennas to enhance coverage. The Manhattan Center Studios also added two commentary control panels (CCP-1116) that can each support two commentators, for use during live events or voiceovers.
"Manhattan Center Studios was one of our first US customers, and today it continues to be one of our greatest partners," said Patti Gunnell, entertainment solutions manager for North America at Riedel Communications. "Customers like Manhattan Center Studios, who demand products that are both flexible and reliable, have made our Artist product the best digital matrix intercom platform available today."