The new 6,200-plus-seat Crocus City Hall in Moscow is billed as the largest multifunction hall in Russia. Live music, theatre productions, TV shows, conferences and AGMs will all be serviced by the new hall, which occupies 4,500sqm and is said to possess excellent acoustics.
To ensure easy and reliable communications for this diverse range of events, Russian service provider Theater Technics and Technology (TTT) installed an intercom system from Telex/RTS based around a Cronus digital matrix. The combination of four 32-port devices has yielded a 128-port matrix, with the system's frequency offset between input and output said to reduce feedback susceptibility by up to 8dB. It is also possible for as many as 30 users to undertake configuration changes simultaneously over the integrated LAN - a major advantage, it is said, for live TV productions in particular.
In addition to the intercom matrix, Crocus City Hall has been equipped with a UHF RadioCom wireless system from Telex. This offers up to three audio channels as well as the ClearScan technology that allows the location of the best available radio frequencies as soon as the system is launched.
"The feedback we've been receiving on the installed system has been nothing short of euphoric. Whether sound engineers or directors - everyone is amazed by the tremendous sound quality and user-friendliness of the new intercom system," said TTT project engineer Valery Babin.
Pavel Deynekin, the company's MD, added: "We equipped the hall with Telex/RTS intercoms in order to guarantee uninterrupted wired and wireless communication between key personnel. Our primary objective was to make it possible for the assistant director to control concerts. The Telex/RTS equipment also provides uninterrupted full duplex communication between the control booths of the sound engineer and lighting director. The Telex system is also used to convey messages to the green room and give the actors their cues, while the radio channel is reserved for instructions to the sound support, stage lighting and stage machinery departments."