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10/10/2018

Royal Shakespeare Company Embraces Digital Intercom With RTS' ROAMEO

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Few theatrical productions are as eagerly anticipated as the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) production of Romeo and Juliet, now playing at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in historic Stratford-Upon-Avon. But while all eyes in the theatre are on leads Bally Gill and Karen Fishwick, behind the scenes the technical crew are benefitting from equally perfect casting in the shape of RTS ROAMEO fully IP-based wireless intercom.

Perhaps answering once and for all the question 'what’s in a name?', the ROAMEO system was chosen to deliver improved audio quality and safer working practices within the Royal Shakespeare and Swan theatres. "The rapid change-overs from matinees to evening performances required constant re-routing and re-patching – a very time consuming task," explains RSC Head of Sound Jeremy Dunn. "We were also restricted by the physical limits of a hard-wired infrastructure. We'd been using a hard-wired RTS system for years and loved it, but with the move to 4G and 5G, we found it was extravagant to use up radio mic frequencies for comms. We felt we had to move on from the analog world and into the digital."

Courtesy of UK supplier Amber Sound, a centrally located RTS ADAM-M modular matrix now forms the heart of the system. "It's the core of our communications, bringing together the stage manager, the deputy stage manager, the wardrobe staff and all the stage technicians," Dunn continues. From this central hub, OMNEO cards transmit to 16 strategically located access point antennas, each one covering four channels, and supplying broadcast quality audio via Dante to eight KP-series keypanels and up to 40 ROAMEO beltpack users on RTS headsets.

"The audio quality is what sets RTS apart," notes Dunn. "Wearing a headset for 12 or 13 hours a day can be very tiring. It has to be intelligible and pleasant to listen to, and that's what carried us through into the world of ROAMEO and ADAM-M."
The RSC's increasing use of special effects also meant the system had to be robust and reliable. "We feel safer now doing live pyrotechnics and human flying with the RTS system. Once the beltpacks are logged in to the system, an IP address is assigned and an antenna located, then you know it's totally secure."

The ADAM-M matrix also supplies the RSC’' 450-seat Swan Theatre. "We originally intended to have an ADAM-M in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and an ADAM-M in the Swan, but RTS worked out a way to add more cards to the existing frame and install a simple network switch in the Swan. Having only one frame to serve both theatres is brilliant – some keypanels have both Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan channels. Just four extra rack units and some CAT-5 was all that was required. It’s a very cost effective solution.

"The icing on the cake is the RSC splash screen designed for the beltpacks by RSC senior sound technician Andy Franks – it’s just the cleverest thing and typical of the attention to detail that we’ve come to expect from RTS," he concludes.

www.rtsintercoms.com

This article is also available in the October edition of Broadcast Film & Video here.

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