German Theaters Install Riedel Intercom

Three large theaters in Germany have installed intercom solutions from Riedel Communications. The State Theatres in Meiningen and Dresden chose Riedel’s Performer 32 intercom-matrix/stage-management system, and the opera house in Halle uses a Riedel Artist 64 intercom matrix.
Next to the Semper Oper, the Schauspielhaus is the biggest theater in Dresden. Its program consists of classical plays and musical-theater productions. The backbone of the intercom system is a Riedel Performer 32+16 system. This stage-management system is designed for smaller applications and locations. One GPI card and three CAT-5 cards offer GPI I/Os and connections for control panels. The relay signals of the GPI client card can, for example, be used to control light signals. An AIO-client card integrates analog line level audio into the intercom matrix. A Performer C44 Partyline interface seamlessly integrates 12xC3 Digital Partyline Beltpacks with the intercom matrix. Eleven PRO and six ultralight AIR-headsets complete the setup.

“With Riedel’s intercom solutions we found the perfect system for the installations at the opera house in Halle and the Schauspielhaus in Dresden,” says Uwe Weissbach from the system integrator HFE Elektroakustik, which installed the Riedel intercom systems in Halle and Dresden. “The modular layout made it possible to tailor the intercom to the exact needs of each individual theatre. While we chose a Performer system for Dresden, a Riedel Artist 64 was an ideal solution for Halle because it offers the option to expand it later.”

With a history that goes back to 1831, the State Theatre Meiningen is one of the oldest theaters in Germany. Its program ranges from opera and classical theater to dance and stagings for kids. The communications infrastructure seamlessly integrates radio communications into the intercom matrix. The heart of the intercom installation is a Performer 32+16 system. A total of 15 Artist 2000 control panels are installed. A Performer C44 interface integrates four C3 Digital Partyline Beltpacks into the intercom matrix. The C3s combine the flexibility of regular beltpacks with digital audio quality. Motorola GP344 radios complete the infrastructure. A Riedel RiFace integrates the radios into the intercom matrix. System integrator Sigma-TBL was responsible for the installation in Meiningen.

The heart of the installation at the opera house in Halle is a Riedel Artist 64 matrix. Redundant CPUs and power suppIies offer maximum reliability. A RIF1032 GPI-Interface provides distributed GPI contacts. In addition, a GPI client card supplies additional GPI ports directly at the Artist matrix mainframe. A total of 19 Artist 2000 and Artist 3000 control panels were installed.

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