Denver, CO (April 19, 2005)–NBA Productions made Riedel Communications’ Artist M Intercom matrix its system of choice for the fourth consecutive time at the 54th NBA All-Star Game on February 20 in Denver’s Pepsi Center. The intercom provided multiple communication channels for key personnel including the director, producer, lighting designer and assistant lighting designer, audio mixers, and the house video production director and producer.
“All the personnel involved with the All-Star game favor Riedel over other intercoms because it is so easy to operate and produces superior sound quality,” said Tim Kepner, lead communications engineer. “Since the system has been used at the game four times, the show has expanded its use to include unique capabilities such as audio distribution over fiber. Kepner, a freelance audio and communications engineer, served as lead communications engineer for Volume, Inc., the company responsible for implementing the audio, sound and communications systems for the arena production.
Kepner worked with Wireless First–the equipment vendor that furnished the Riedel system–to specify the technical gear and ensure that the productions’ needs and budget were met. They designed a system comprised of three Artist M nodes (matrices), connected by a dual fiber optic ring with 14 Riedel DCP-1016E desktop, three Riedel RCP-1012E and one Riedel RCP-1028E control key panel.
The first node, installed in the Communications Room, facilitated integration of a 15-channel, two-wire dialup PL system used for feeding hardwire beltpacks. The second node served the house and was used to connect the master communications panels to the scoring table (the NBA production teams primary production location), the arena mixers, lighting designer and audio inputs and outputs to various points. The third node was fitted in the TV truck compound.