Wuppertal, Germany (April 13, 2016)—KCET, the largest independent public television station in the U.S., has installed a Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system and RockNet real-time audio network for communications and audio distribution throughout its Burbank facilities.
"We require total flexibility and connectivity so that we can easily interconnect and collaborate across different studios for larger productions, or insulate the different aspects of the operation to support multiple independent productions simultaneously," said Gordon Bell, vice president of engineering at KCET. "As our clients and staff have become ever more familiar with the Riedel gear, they have found our new communications network to be a very powerful tool."
Serving Southern and Central California, KCET operates from a broadcast facility in Burbank. The public broadcaster also rents out its studio space, which includes a virtual studio. Within these facilities, KCET users the Artist system to link two control rooms, two production stages, 15 edit bays, tape rooms, master control/on-air operations, transmission and an insert studio.
A half-dozen Connect Duo telephone hybrids serve as an interface between the Artist intercom system and ISDN and PSTN public telephone networks, providing a connection to the outside world during live broadcasts. The Riedel Artist system is also integrated with KCET's Telex BTR wireless systems and with its Harris Platinum SDI router via a MADI connection, the latter allowing KCET to connect any audio source directly in and out of the Artist frame while keeping signals in the digital realm.