The Star PAC

Singapore’s Star Performing Arts Centre (The Star PAC) has expanded its comms capabilities with a Riedel Bolero integrated wireless intercom. Bolero will offer complete wireless integration and channel support for the venue’s existing Riedel Artist intercom system, serving the facility’s 5,000-seat auditorium, function halls and broadcast production centre.

‘Reliable intercoms are critical for our live shows and broadcast operations,’ says Head of Audio, Reuben Ong. ‘After five years with our Riedel Artist, Bolero is a welcome addition – providing integration of all wired and wireless intercoms. Our crew have always raved about the programming flexibility and high audio quality of Artist, and now we can offer those benefits through the wireless system as well.’

The Star PAC chose Bolero to replace a legacy wireless intercom that could only integrate to Artist via analog four-wire connections. Of the systems The Star PAC evaluated, Bolero offered the easiest integration and the most flexible programming capabilities.

The Star PAC

Through the Artist Director software, Bolero beltpacks can be programmed quickly and easily via a drag-and-drop interface. In addition, Bolero’s modern codec and efficient use of bandwidth means The Star PAC team can support up to ten beltpacks per AES67-networked antenna, and provide much wider coverage with outstanding sound quality.

The Star PAC has deployed eight Bolero antennas to ensure coverage for the entire building, including the main auditorium and smaller multipurpose hall. Antennas are connected to three stacked AES67 switches (which perform as a single switch) that then link to the Artist mainframes equipped with AES67 client cards. In addition, a fiber-to-Cat6 extender will allow The Star PAC team to deploy a ninth antenna to cover distant meeting rooms, The Star Loft, and the outdoor amphitheatre, Star Terrace, when required.

‘With the Bolero-Artist integration, we can change the Bolero beltpacks’ programming easily and on the fly, while end users can cater the settings to their own requirements,’ Ong says. ‘In initial testing so far, our crew and staff have felt very positive about the new system. The learning curve has been minimal since they’re already familiar with the Director software, and the built-in bottle opener on the Bolero beltpack is a big hit.’

‘A reliable and crystal-clear comms system is a must for a large-scale facility like The Star Performing Arts Centre, not only to ensure a smooth-running live performance but also to provide safety and emergency communications,’ says Riedel Communications APAC Director, Cameron O’Neill. ‘As our first Bolero venue in Singapore, The Star PAC has taken a big step forward in getting the most out of its Artist system and staying on the leading edge of wireless intercom technology. We’re confident that Bolero will provide the best possible coverage as well as outstanding support for The Star PAC crew through its intuitive and advanced features.’

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