fac365 has just ordered a selection of equipment from Germany’s specialist communications company Riedel. Artist is a highly modular concept driving modern intercom demands. It is designed as a powerful matrix platform for intercom and the distribution of analog audio, digital audio and Ethernet data signals. The system consists of a fiber based network backbone providing a decentralised infrastructure for live audio and intercom applications.

Artist is a digital matrix intercom system providing up to 1,024 x 1,024 non-blocking ports per system. The system is based on a dual optical fiber ring to form a single large, full summing, non- blocking distributed matrix. The system still “feels” like a single unit: it is completely non-blocking and has no limitations in the number of cross-points within or between the different nodes of the system.

The maximum distance between two nodes can be up to 500 m (1650 ft) as standard, and optionally up to 20 km (12 miles). With up to 128 intercom ports per matrix frame, Artist allows a high degree of decentralisation of the entire matrix in a very cost- effective way. As a result the matrix frames can be located near the intercom stations of a specific studio or production facility, saving a considerable amount of wiring and installation costs.

• Broadcast
• Performance theatre
• Convention and event centres
• Stadium, theme parks
• Transportation facilities

ARTIST – Key Benefits
Distributed masterless system architecture significantly reduces wiring and installation costs. Artist‘s flexibility allows versatile usage and quick adaption to new production needs, the system‘s scaleability and expandability makes Artist a secure long-term investment. The easy and intuitive programming reduces training and service time while providing increased flexibility.