Hillsong Church Builds Communications on Riedel Digital Intercom
"Our services are run by a great team of volunteers who need to be able to communicate effectively, and we need to be sure all areas of production can hear each other without distractions," said Luke Makepeace, Hillsong U.K.'s technical director. "Good communication among all 10 members of our volunteer technical crew is vital. The digital clarity, flexibility, ease of setup, and overall integration of the Riedel system have made it a great asset for our team."
Hillsong holds four back-to-back services each Sunday at the Dominion Theatre, with each service seeing a full-house congregation of around 2,000 people. Additional events are held at major venues such as the O2 and Wembley Arena.
"Hillsong's 'sell-out' services are as impressive and demanding as any theatrical production or rock concert," said Nick Williams, U.K. and Ireland sales manager for Riedel Communications. "We're delighted that one of the world's major megachurches has chosen Riedel."
The intercom system Hillsong's technical crew uses is built on Riedel's Performer 32 mainframe, which is populated with coax and analog I/O client cards for connection to a mix of seven rackmount and desktop Artist control panels. A C44-plus interface supports conversion of up to four two-channel Artist matrix ports to four powered beltpack lines and, in turn, the wired C3 beltpacks.
Acrobat, Riedel's license-free, DECT-based wireless beltpack system, is configured with the CC-8 controller and six WB-2 wireless beltpacks via two CA-6 antennae. A selection of single- or double-muff light-, medium-, and heavy-duty Riedel headsets suit the individual needs and preferences of each operator. Hillsong staffers program the whole system using the Performer Director software.
About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.