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Riedel upgrades intercom in Vancouver hockey arena
General Motors Place, home of the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey team, has replaced its existing intercom with a multinode Riedel Artist digital matrix.
The system was designed and installed by Rocky Mountain Production Services in collaboration with John Riley, head of audio for General Motors Place, as part of a major audio and communication upgrade of the 475,000sq-ft facility.
The new Artist system includes two Artist 32 frames linked via fiber, a variety of intercom control panels and several Performer C3 digital beltpacks and interfaces for existing analog two-wire beltpacks. Key features of the system configuration software include drag-and-drop programming, live status and error indicators as well as the ability to remote control intercom stations from configuration computers.
One Artist 32 mainframe was installed in the building’s broadcast production control room and a second connected via fiber in the central patchbay area. Together, the two frames form a single decentralized non-blocking matrix. Both units include redundant CPUs with built-in fiber connectors, so no frame slots were lost due to fiber networking.
Series 1000 panels with LED displays and individual volume controls for each key are used throughout the facility. DCP-1016 desktop panels equipped with CSX-11 commentator add-ons are used by the announcers. All panels connect to the matrix frames on Cat 5 or coax cabling and provide broadcast-quality AES digital audio.
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