Audio matrix technology from RTS/TELEX was brought into play as Cinevideogroup captured the final-ever shows by Norwegian pop trio A-ha, whose ‘Ending On A High Note’ tour concluded late last year.
For the last quartet of shows – at Oslo’s Spektrum Arena – Dutch broadcasting specialist Cinevideogroup was enlisted to capture high-quality A/V recordings, the highlights of which are being released on Blu-ray, DVD and CD this month.
The momentous occasion saw Cinevideogroup deploy the largest of its fleet of 15 OB trucks: the OB 14 (HD). The high-tech control room is served by around 30 cameras, with all processing undertaken in HD digital quality.
The nerve centre of the intercom system is a 144 x 144 Advanced Digital Audio Matrix (ADAM) from RTS/TELEX, linked to thirty-one keypanels. Six RTS 2W/4W interfaces, as well as fifteen beltpacks from the same source, are also part of the inventory.
For Cinevideogroup, the use of RTS/TELEX systems for this project constitutes the latest stage in a long-term association with the brands. Most of the company’s OB vans and studios are equipped with matrices and keypanels from RTS/TELEX: the ADAM matrix alone is present in five of Cinevideogroup’s OB trucks, as well as four of its studios; Zeus matrices can be found in three studios and one truck; and the Cronus matrix is represented in two of the OB trucks.
“RTS/TELEX systems have long been in widespread use, not only in this company but in our sister firms as well,” said Bolke Burnaby Lautier, Cinevideogroup’s operations manager. “One of the great advantages of this is that it means we can link up several trucks together without any complications, thereby significantly expanding the overall capacity.”
High quality, reliability and “very good value for money” are the RTS/TELEX system attributes praised by Burnaby Lautier. In addition, the systems are “uncomplicated and they have an intuitive layout, making them easy for crews to operate. For this A-ha production they were absolutely perfect.”
As for customer response to the deployment, “to be honest, they never say anything. But no feedback is good feedback, as we see it. An intercom system is a working tool upon which you have to be able to rely one hundred per cent – and RTS/TELEX systems have demonstrated to us their reliability time and time again.”