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Riedel RockNet distributes Bocelli open-air opera

Riedel Communications’ RockNet chosen to distribute on-site audio for live Andrea Bocelli concert in New York and Belo Horizonte, Brazil, writes Erica Basnicki.

Organisers of Andrea Bocelli’s open-air concerts chose to distribute on-site audio using a RockNet installation from Riedel Communications, manufacturer of real-time networks for video, audio, and communications. The concerts were held in New York City and Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Because of the size of each venue, audio distribution was a major obstacle. Audio engineer Andrea Taglia used six RockNet 100 devices at the events: “I was really afraid about how we should distribute the signal through the delay lines for the concert of Bocelli in Central Park, as the six delay lines needed to be distributed on a field over 180m wide and 310 m deep. The other open-air event in Belo Horizonte, Brazil was even larger than Central Park. This time we faced a 410m long audience standing on a road that had been closed to the traffic just on the morning of the show day itself,” said Taglia. A very short installation period at each venue added more complications: “We were only able to install the cables just the day before the show, because we were not allowed to work on-site any earlier. Therefore I was looking for a redundant and fool-proof system and obviously Riedel RockNet came as the solution: we did not run into a single problem and I nearly forgot it existed during the event,” commented Taglia.