The Maj Theatre installs Riedel in time for 'digital dividend'
AUSTRALIA: His Majesty's Theatre (The Maj) in Perth recently invested in a Riedel digital intercom system. This prepares the facility for Australia's ‘digital dividend,’ which mandates the release and eventual auction of 126MHz of contiguous RF spectrum, and will affect wireless microphones, in-ear monitors and RF communications systems.
A Riedel Artist 32 digital intercom matrix centrally controls the new all-digital intercom system. The theatre has replaced its traditional analogue partylines with the Riedel Performer digital partylines, and has exchanged its existing wireless system with Riedel's Acrobat digital wireless system.
The Acrobat wireless system runs in the DECT spectrum at 1.9GHz, well clear of other wireless audio systems and completely unaffected by the digital dividend. The single CC-8 base station can control up to 18 wireless belt packs, each with two full-duplex channels. Four strategically placed CA-6 antennas ensure complete coverage throughout the facility.
Interfacing allows the audio team to replace a wealth of paging microphones, combining them directly into the stage manager's 1RU control panel. Four Artist key panels (one rackmount and three desktop) give users audio and total system control. Meanwhile, the Director software enables technicians to control conversations, meaning that crews only hear what they need to hear.
‘The implementation of the Riedel system at His Majesty's Theatre has made vast improvements in the venue's back-of-house operations as its high-level coverage greatly increases the scope of our flexibility and opportunities for communication in both performance and rehearsal modes,’ said Rodney Phillips, general manager, His Majesty's Theatre. ‘We are thrilled with the system.’