Multiple Cymatic Audio uTrack24 systems loaded with the award-winning Angelbird SSD2GO PKT 512 SSD card and Cymatic Audio’s optional MADI card were chosen to act as Line ID systems for the commentary system at ESC.
According to Cymatic Audio CEO, Arie van den Broek, the most important criteria for this application were quality and reliability. “From a broadcast perspective, the Eurovision Song Contest is one of biggest live events of the year, and so reliability is of paramount importance,” he said. “Just as the show itself is live, so therefore is the commentary with all the commentators broadcasting live to their own countries. The Cymatic Audio/Angelbird solution was used to set up, identify and test the commentary circuits prior to the event. The equipment performed perfectly throughout, delivering everything that was required of it – impeccable audio quality, rock-solid reliability and a high channel count at an extremely attractive price point.”
For the first time at the Eurovision Song Contest, Riedel* deployed a complete solution based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to support commentary booths for almost 30 countries covering the contest for their local audiences. Anchored by four Artist 64 intercom mainframes and 40 Artist CCP-1116 commentary panels, the system used Cymatic Audio’s uTrack24 devices, loaded with Angelbird SSD hard drives, to manage line IDs for the commentary booths.
*CYMATIC AUDIO is part of Riedel Communications GmbH & Co. KG