Broadcaster ETB installs Riedel Artist system

Basque broadcaster Euskal Irrati Telebista (ETB) has deployed a Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system within its primary production centre in Miramón, Spain.

Supplied and integrated by Madrid-based reseller Crosspoint, the Artist solution supports intercom communications throughout the facility according to the different requirements of various productions, in addition to VoIP communications with ETB headquarters in Bilbao.

"We evaluated a variety of solutions and integrators, and we found that with Riedel’s Artist system, Crosspoint was positioned to offer us the greatest benefit and highest quality," said Juan Carlos Loroño, head of ETB’s production centres. "Since we put the Artist system into operation, we’ve been very pleased with its capabilities and its impact on our day-to-day work in Miramón."

The solution provides a distributed, decentralised and scalable architecture for communications. The 160 x 160-port Riedel system is composed of Artist 128 and Artist 32 mainframes with 56 ports configured for control panels, 80 ports for analogue four-wire, eight ports for VoIP usage, and eight ports for a party line system.

The entire system ensures AES3/EBU audio quality, with level controls at each individual crosspoint, nonblocking connections and redundant power supplies and controllers.

Riedel’s Director software is designed to facilitate system configuration, monitoring and control. While remote configuration functions enable control from Bilbao on weekends when no technical personnel are working at Miramón, options such as partial configuration of the system allow users to call and save configuration files on one part of the system without affecting the communications being made in other areas of the production centre.

"The ability to change the configuration of one studio production while not affecting the configuration of another studio production is very important," stated Juan Olalde, technical coordinator of the ETB production centre in Miramón. "This flexibility lets us perform the multiple simultaneous changes needed in the daily preparation of a program and save them in partial files that are organised by the type of production, personnel available or operating model."