Small Television Stations
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Smaller stations need cost-effective solutions, and RTS has the broadest range of options to suit your needs and your budget. RTS combines efficient use of power and space with uncompromising performance, condensing sophisticated technology into compact and lightweight form factors such as the 1RU ODIN digital matrix, ROAMEO wireless digital beltpacks and our range of IP-ready KP series keypanels.
We offer the highest audio quality for LAN users, with easy integration with existing equipment and infrastructure via OMNEO (with Dante) on Ethernet. For WAN installations, choose OMNEO-optimized equipment in combination with our TriBus technology. RTS RVON VoIP technology adds another robust option for connecting multiple users over local or much larger networks – a proven technology trusted by the biggest names in broadcasting.
Seamless scalability is an essential element of everything we make, so your system can grow as your needs grow – always with the latest forward-thinking technology, and always backwards compatible with your existing RTS equipment, so you can get the most out of your investment.
Local television stations in the US are either Owned and Operated by major networks, such as ABC, CBS or NBC, or they are independently owned, but affiliated by contract to a network. The networks supply local stations with content. Local television stations typically produce local news and weather. RTS supplies the intercom system, typically an ODIN, as well as keypanels, partyline equipment and IFBs. Figure 1 shows an example of a local television station.
The ODIN at the center of Figure 1 is the central audio router. Analog program audio comes in from a mixer. Four keypanels are shown here for Director, Producer, Teleprompter, and Audio. A light technician and a stage manager each use wired partyline. In this example, there are two “talents” – one is using a wired IFB, the IFB-325, and one is using a wireless IFB, the TR-16. An IFB is a listen-only device. On-air talents typically have an ear-piece, in which they hear the program audio, also referred to as non-interrupt audio. However, when the on-air talent needs to hear an important message – the interrupt audio – the non-interrupt audio is dimmedor muted, to allow the important message to be heard. The message may be ‘going to commercial break in ten seconds’ or ‘wrap up your interview within 30 seconds’. Figure 2 shows how the IFB works.
In this example, non-interrupt audio comes from the audio mixer. The interrupt audio – which may be coming from the producer or director, is coming from the ODIN. The two audio sources converge in the IFB-828. In the RTS two-wire format, three wires are available. Interrupt and non-interrupt audio are transmitted on different pins. The IFB-325 is a passive device that allows the user to control the headset volume. Interrupt audio is fed to the headset on one ear, and the non-interrupt on the other. A wireless IFB system is also available. The transmitter is called TT-16 and the receiver is TR-16. The principle is the same but there is no wire to worry about. TT-16 / TR-16 operate in the VHF spectrum.
Guidelines & Requirements for Next-Generation IP-Based Intercom Systems
Intercom systems consist of a central audio router, the matrix, plus user devices connected to the matrix, such as keypanel control interfaces. In this article, we will be focusing on the matrix itself, in particular how current and future needs translate into requirements on the products themselves.
About RTS Intercom Systems
RTS is the industry leader in professional intercom systems, providing solutions that combine forward-thinking functionality, real-world reliability and superior sound quality.
At the forefront of intercom technology for over forty years, we are the brand most-trusted by the biggest names in the business. Our family of digital matrices is the most complete and widely used of its type in the world, proven in the most critical and demanding applications.