ISE 2015: Riedel Demos Latest Product Line

Riedel Communications plans on showing its Tango TNG-200 Fully Networked Platform, RSP-2318 Smartpanel, STX-200 Professional Broadcast-Grade Interface, and more at the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe 2015 show (Feb. 10-12, Amsterdam).

Riedel“We are proud to bring several new solutions to ISE that are perfectly suited for broadcast and AV professionals,” says Christian Bockskopf, Head of Marketing, Riedel Communications. “Our innovative new Smartpanel represents the cutting edge of communications interfaces with powerful features that will provide unprecedented power and convenience. Our new Tango communications platform furthers our philosophy of being standards agnostic with network support for both RAVENNA/AES67 and AVB. Finally, our new STX-200 interface brings Skype content into live production. All of these innovations have the ability to improve workflows and save money.”

Tango TNG-200 Fully Networked Platform Supporting RAVENNA/AES67 and AVB
The Tango TNG-200 represents Riedel’s first network-based platform supporting RAVENNA/AES67 and AVB standards. With its own dedicated intercom application, the platform can be turned into a flexible, cutting-edge solution for a variety of communications scenarios. The unit itself is equipped with a high-resolution, full-color TFT display that ensures perfect readability at all times. Intuitive front-panel controls simplify the recall of presets and adjustment of audio levels. Along with powerful processing capabilities, the Tango TNG-200 features two integrated Riedel digital partylines, two RAVENNA/AES67- and AVB-compatible ports, two Ethernet ports, one option slot, and redundant power supplies. The dedicated intercom application, “My First Riedel,” turns the Tango platform into an efficient intercom system that users can tailor according to their needs. The asymmetric 40 x 80 matrix size is another Riedelinnovation, allowing for standard premium-quality stereo audio connections to panels.

RSP-2318 Smartpanel
The new RSP-2318 Smartpanel offers features and capabilities that will enrich the user experience and change the way broadcasters and AV professionals communicate. The world’s first control panel designed to serve as a powerful multifunctional user interface, the Riedel device boasts a unique feature set that includes three high-resolution, sunlight-readable, multitouch color displays; premium-quality stereo audio; a multilingual character set; and 18 keys in just 1RU. These features make Riedel’s new Smartpanel a powerful user interface that can be further expanded through the use of apps. Riedel’s first app for the RSP-2318 turns the Smartpanel into an innovative and smart intercom panel. RAVENNA/AES67 and AVB connectivity are standard, with AES3 over CAT/coax optional. Additional features include exchangeable headset connectors for mono or stereo applications, an integrated power supply, individual volume controls for each key, two USB ports, two Ethernet connectors, GPIO, audio I/O, an option slot, a removable gooseneck microphone, an SD card slot, and an HDMI output.

STX-200 Professional Broadcast-Grade Interface
The STX-200 professional broadcast-grade interface brings any Skype user worldwide into the professional broadcast environment. Licensed by Microsoft, the new Riedelproduct meets broadcasters’ increasing need for a reliable single-box solution that enables them to bring live contributions from both reporters and viewers into live programming — all while avoiding typical problems such as consumer PCs running common Skype clients, having to add scan and HDMI-to-SDI converters, or audio dropouts and menu pop-ups on the live feed. Serving as more than a stand-alone solution, Riedel’s STX-200 integrates Skype into the intercom solution to enable even more powerful, flexible applications and workflows. The 1RU box offers broadcast-quality HD-SDI and balanced XLR audio I/Os and is packaged with professional Microsoft Skype TX software. The solution’s broad feature set includes remote management and monitoring of Skype calls.

Other Products on Display:
– Artist, Performer, and Acrobat Intercom Systems
– RockNet Audio Systems
– MediorNet and MediorNet Compact
– MediorNet MetroN Core Router

Broadcaster ETB Installs Riedel Communications Infrastructure in Donosti-San Sebastián
Basque broadcaster Euskal Irrati Telebista (ETB) has deployed a Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system within its primary production center in Miramón (Donosti-San Sebastián). Supplied and integrated by Madrid-based Riedel reseller Crosspoint, the Artist solution supports flexible intercom communications throughout the Miramón facility according to the different requirements of various productions, as well as 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 centers. “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 Artist solution at ETB’s Miramón production center provides a distributed, decentralized, scalable architecture for communications. The 160 x 160-port Riedel intercom system is composed of Artist 128 and Artist 32 mainframes with 56 ports configured for control panels, 80 ports for analog 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.

The Artist units are complemented by 46 of Riedel’s 2000 LCD Series control panels, one CCP-1116 commentary control panel, 10 wired belt packs, and various VoIP multiplexers. For sporting events that originate in Miramón, the commentator panel supports two commentators working in the same language, or multiple scenarios in which two languages must be accommodated.

Riedel’s Director software facilitates system configuration, monitoring, and control, and its intuitive interface simplifies complex configurations and settings. 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 add further value by allowing users to call and save configuration files on just one part of the system without affecting the communications being made in other areas of the production center.

“The ability to change the configuration of one studio production while not affecting the configuration of another studio production is very important,” said Juan Olalde, technical coordinator of the ETB production center 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 organized by the type of production, personnel available, or operating model.”