UC Berkeley chooses Clear-Com’s CellCom10
July 20, 2008
Clear-Com Communication Systems is helping the production team at the University of California at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium stay connected. The 2000-seat performing arts center, operated by Cal Performances, has integrated Clear-Com’s CellCom10 digital wireless system into its existing wired setup, realizing an immediate improvement in reception and reliability.
“The noise level was barely tolerable with our old wireless system,” said Joey Swails, senior scene technician at Zellerbach Auditorium. “Some of our visiting artists were so annoyed that there were cases of the headset being slammed down on the desk of the production manager.”
Thus far, Cal Performances has outfitted Zellerbach with four beltpacks, two antennas and a CellCom10 receiver, integrating the gear with the facility’s two-channel wired intercom system for a noticeable improvement in reception. CellCom10’s reception capabilities are based on its unique combination of digital matrix technology with a locally distributed wireless network. Operating license-free in the 1.9GHz frequency band, it is free of interference from other wireless products, such as PCs, talent microphones, IFBs and in-ear monitors.
To give beltpack users wider coverage, one antenna each has been placed to the left and right of the stage, providing a range that stretches out to the loading dock on one side of the building and the green room on the other. The beltpacks are used mainly by the stage manager and the main fly rail and deck sound operators, depending on the type of production, which at Zellerbach can be anything from a rock concert to an opera or ballet.
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