At the centre of the installation are one Artist 128 and one Artist 32 digital intercom matrix mainframe, administering all audio and communication signal distribution throughout HP Pavilion_s indoor arena. The Artist platform is designed to interconnect multiple matrix frames (nodes) by a dual optical fiber ring to form a single large, full summing, non-blocking distributed matrix for up to 1,024 users.
Other features of the Artist platform include AES3/EBU broadcast-quality audio throughout the system, not only within the matrix but also to the panels, which are connected to the matrix via a standard AES3 signal on coax or Cat5 cables. The Artist 1000 panels, meanwhile, provide a second audio channel which can be used for audio transport or commentary applications, along with local GPI/Os that can be programmed system-wide.
_The HP Pavilion installation is a great example of how our Artist system offers more than the standard intercom system,_ Sascha Kneider, technical sales support manager with Riedel, told II. _In addition to the intercom operation, the system can also route broadcast-quality audio. [For example] in this arena we conveniently route multi-channel audio from the main equipment room through the Artist_s fiber connection to FOH. This gives new options for flexible and cost-effective system designs._