Montreal, Canada (December 9, 2015)—Soapbox racers are traditionally homemade go-karts made out of whatever’s lying around, but for Red Bull’s recent soapbox derby race in Montreal—La Course Red Bull Boîte à Savon 2015—the production aspects were decidedly more high-tech. Take, for instance, the Rec4Box OB Factory van equipped with Riedel Communications gear that provided master control capabilities for live production and streaming of the event.
As racers made their way down the slopes of Square Victoria, Riedel's fiber-based RockNet real-time audio network and Artist digital matrix intercom system provided the event producers, Ocean Watch Productions and Red Bull Media House, with audio transport and communications.
"The Rec4Box unit we used on the Montreal soapbox derby was a 26-foot truck that did the work of a 53-footer, and that's valuable for live production in tight urban environments," said Sumesh Thakur, president of OceanWatch Productions during the event and now part of Red Bull Media House. "The Riedel gear within the truck provided great audio quality, as well as the ease of use and versatility we required to bring off a successful event."
The Rec4Box OB unit boasts modular, adaptable details and fiber optic connectivity that enables deployment and preparation for a four- or five-camera production in less than two hours. Within the Rec4Box OB unit, the fiber-based network backbone provided by Riedel's Artist system serves as a decentralized infrastructure for live audio and intercom. The Riedel system let crews mix all on-site communications and audio signals on one system. During production of the soapbox derby, users were able to respond quickly to virtually any communications demand with the press of a button.
"For our customers, Riedel's Artist and RockNet systems enable quick handling of various production needs while ensuring outstanding audio quality," said Joel Fortin, senior vice president of operations at Rec4Box OB Factory. "These powerful systems also provide the reliability that is essential in the fast-paced mobile production environment — even for madcap races such as La Course Red Bull Boîte à Savon 2015."