HelixNet Partyline v1.1 leads Clear-Com launches
Leading a plethora of recent new launches from Clear-Com is version 1.1 of the manufacturer’s HelixNet Partyline Intercom System. With v1.1, production teams are able to take advantage of a decentralised, distributed intercom architecture in a theatre or concert venue.
Regardless of their location any digital or analogue beltpack user can utilise HelixNet over an IP connection to connect and communicate with other crew members. On top of this improvement in workflow, this new version of HelixNet easily integrates with other wireless or two-wire systems to create a complete intercom setup.
Expanded functionality under v1.1 includes the ability to link up to five HMS-4X main stations via Ethernet and support up to 100 HBP-2X digital beltpacks to build larger and more sophisticated partyline intercom systems. With the linking function, users significantly expand the channel count on their intercoms. They can now select from up to 20 partyline channels and five programmes by dialing up the channels they need on their beltpack. Since all these channels are running off a single mic cable, users no longer need to physically re-locate several cables for new configurations, utilise expensive source-assign equipment, or rely on multiple power supply units.
Up to five Main Stations are connected via the new HLI-ET2 Ethernet module in HelixNet’s station-to-station networking, and a new HLI-FBS fibre module is available for linking stations over long distances.
The Eclipse HX-Delta Matrix Frame is also new from the manufacturer, and offers the connectivity and high capacity of a larger matrix system in a 3RU frame. The compact Eclipse HX-Delta is designed for installation across several areas of a large performance spaces or concert venues.
Instead of installing large system frames in just one location, the Eclipse HX-Delta gives users the option of building a distributed matrix system. It uses all of the current Eclipse interface cards, such as the E-MADI64-HX 64 bi-directional channel card, the IVC-32-HX IP connection card and the E-Que Integra integrated wireless or E1/T1 trunking card.
The Eclipse HX systems, comprising the Eclipse HX-Omega, Eclipse HX-Median, Eclipse HX-PiCo and Eclipse HX-Delta matrices, along with the EHX Software, allow users to make system-wide changes rapidly. They also provide simplified setup, operation and administration as well as high system capacity for many audio and user connections.
Not stopping there, Clear-Com has also announced further enhancements to its Tempest Digital Wireless Intercoms. Included among the latest offerings are a new Tempest900 BeltStation and a Remote Line Extender.
Equipped with a Planar Inverted-F Antenna (PIFA), the new Tempest900 BeltStation has an increased range, allowing more wireless coverage. Backwards compatible with Tempest900 firmware version 3.0, the new BeltStations will continue to operate within the 900MHz frequency band and are fully compatible with all versions of the Tempest900 BaseStations and BeltStations. The longer wavelengths and wider symbol width in this band allow the system’s signals to break through dense walls and other structural objects more readily, increasing the range for users and reducing any potential loss of audio.
Meanwhile, the new Tempest Remote Transceiver Line Extender increases the systems’ cable run distance of a remote antenna by 914m with one Line Extender or 609m per Line Extender if using more than one Line Extender. A total of three Line Extenders can be connected to provide total coverage of up to 2,286m.
Lastly, the manufacturer is releasing version 2.7 of its Concert Intercom-over-IP Communications Solution (Concert v2.7), providing users with four-wire linking of external audio sources, secure/private networking and support for multiple Interface Gateway servers.