Stamford, CT (October 4, 2016)—World Wrestling Entertainment produces multiple remote broadcasts every week with RAW, SmackDown and others programs, and tech-wise, there can be just as many changes behind the scenes as there are onscreen. Case in point: This year saw the productions’ NEP-provided trucks move to using to Dante audio-over-Ethernet, an effort that was overseen by Marty Pingree, VP, Event Technical Operations, Engineering, WWE.
“We now use the Studio Technologies beltpacks in all the locations where you would typically use a standard 2-wire beltpack,” says Pingree. “We deploy them around the remote and we use them to talk to everybody, from stage managers, as hardwire backup, to the sat truck, the lighting guys and stage managers in various positions. We have them in every backstage location that is actively part of the show.”
Pingree and his crew deploy several Studio Technologies products, including 35 Model 370s and 35 Model 374 beltpacks to allow operators and technicians to communicate. More than 20 Model 380 beltpacks and more than 20 Model 214 Announcer’s Consoles are used for communication between announce teams and talent, and for on-air audio. Pingree also uses more than 20 combined audio/video/data racks at every venue that connect back to the core in the NEP-provided mobile units. All of the WWE’s network gear is from Cisco and all of the racks connect back to the core on either dual 10 GB or dual 40 GB fiber-optic links. All Dante traffic travels on this network via dedicated VLANs.
Studio Technologies Model 45DC and Model 45DR Intercom Interface units are used to link the WWE’s mobile facility with house intercom systems, whether they are from Clear-Com or RTS. Other Dante-compliant equipment, including the Atlas Sound 1616DT and Studio Technologies Models 44D, 5202, 5204 and 5205, allow interfacing with effects mics and wireless intercom setups throughout the venues. More than 128 Dante channels are available on a Calrec Audio Console Network and another 128 channels are available on a Yamaha Audio Console Network. An RTS ADAM matrix intercom system provides 448 channels of Dante using the Bosch OMNEO Dante-compatible technology. Upwards of 70 RTS KP-5032 OMNEO key panels are used for crew intercommunications.
“The Dante intercom boxes, announce boxes and IFB boxes allow all of our operators to connect to the closest rack that day for communication,” says Pingree. “This allows for speedy deployment and strike, which is key for us, since we do a set shoot and strike for every show.”
Pingree noted that the Model 374 Intercom Beltpack “gives us so many different ways to use the boxes that it was almost a no brainer to go that route. With this, we can put specialty channels on the system and we can be a little more flexible for different types of shows that we occasionally need to produce. And it’s the flexibility built into the Dante network itself as well. But the biggest benefit of the Model 374 is the reliability. That’s basically why we chose the product: reliability and flexibility.”
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