New York, NY (December 8, 2011)—Production crews for Manhattan's Thanksgiving Day Parade used three Studio Technologies Model 46 dual 2-wire to 4-wire interface units to streamline intercom setup and operations.
Intercom audio was sent over the fiber system to the production platform where the original, digitized 4-wire signal was converted to analog. "For each channel of intercom signal sent from the truck, we would get a 4-wire send and receive line of audio that was plugged into the Model 46 to convert it back into the 2-wire audio format necessary to feed the belt packs," said Peter Erskine, freelance audio technician specializing in wireless systems for the parade that included the wireless comms. "The hardware belt packs were then distributed along the street for all the different departments to use, including cameras, staging and teleprompters."
"The advantages of the Studio Technologies Model 46 are two-fold," said Erskin. "First, it provides power to the intercom belt packs worn by the camera operators and support crew. This eliminates having to haul and set up many additional power supplies, and the need to run supply wires to each belt pack, thereby streamlining the entire operation. With live events like the parade, everything needs to work flawlessly, so the faster the crew can set up, the more time is available to test the integrity of the intercom system. Second, it provides a very good, micro-processor-controlled, hybrid automatic null capability, where you push a button and it's done. The Model 46 delivers reliable performance and clean, clear sound."
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