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Broadcast sound specialist captures the audio for injured soldiers benefit concert at Twickenham


PAINTING THE TRUCK RED: The Red-TX team relaxes after a successful concert


Visions OB updates with RTS


RED-TX handled the audio feed for the BBC broadcast of the Help for Heroes benefit concert at Twickenham recently. The live event attracted more than 60,000 people, including some of the injured service personnel who benefit from the money raised by the charity. A star-studded cast of performers came together for the concert, billed as the biggest live event of the year. Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow headlined, supported by some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Pixie Lott and Plan B. Red-TX was commissioned to handle the audio by Chris Bretnall, head of Creative Broadcast Solutions who was made technical director by BBC Events. “The delivery by everyone at Red-TX was faultless,” Bretnall said. “This was a massive undertaking, at relatively short notice, over a period when both people and resources were already heavily committed. Plans for the broadcast of the event and the ancillary processes that were needed for the live TX were still


maturing on the morning of the gig itself. Despite that, the Red-TX crew kept all the tracks in place and delivered very high quality sound.”


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Red-TX director Tim Summerhayes manned the desk onboard the main music truck, while co-director Conrad Fletcher, aboard the BBC OB vehicle, handled audio inputs from comedians, presenters and Summerhayes’ mix. The first four and a half hours of the event were edited down to one and a half hours of programming. The broadcast went live for the final half hour when Williams and Barlow were on stage. Red-TX director Ian Dyckhoff said: “It was a complicated event because we were feeding chunks of audio to the edit suite where it was being cut with footage of war veterans who are benefiting from the money raised by Help For Heroes. We had a great team of people, however, and lots of help from other contractors, including Britannia Row. > red-tx.com


Riedel scoops IBC Innovation Award


VISIONS OB, the UK’s largest independent outside broadcast facilities provider has updated its impressive fleet of OB vehicles with equipment from RTS/Telex, in particular the company’s Tribus and Cronus systems. Visions provides broadcasting services to most of the UK’s major sporting, cultural, corporate and social events. Paul Fournier, head of sound at the firm, explained: “We have been relying since the late 1990s on equipment from RTS/Telex. In fact, all our OB vans and flypacks are built around digital matrices from RTS/Telex starting with Zeus and continuing on to multi-truck Adam systems with fibre-linked Tribus cards. These systems have proved themselves in countless productions over the years.


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“The overwhelming majority of freelance sound engineers are fully familiar with RTS/Telex,” he continued. “They can all program the systems without any problems. That makes our job considerably easier.”


The new systems will be used in the broadcasting of sporting events, music festivals and much more. Visions’ fleet of outside broadcast vehicles includes 15 trucks and offers infrastructure for all broadcasting tasks. It includes HD, SD, VT trucks and modular flypack systems. “Even in far flung corners of the world, we can set up a complete OB production unit, an international broadcast centre or a master control room, each capable of delivering studio quality.” > rtsintercoms.com


RIEDEL HAS won an IBC Innovation Award at this year's IBC show in Amsterdam, for its work with the Red Bull Air Race.


The judging panel gave the Content Creation Award to Red Bull Air Race for its use of fibre-based distribution of all communications, HD video and audio content, via Riedel’s MediorNet. Also involved in the large-scale project were broadcast production provider SIVision OB and West4Media. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is a unique visual


spectacle set in some of the world’s biggest cities. The sport has quickly built a huge following, with millions watching the action on televisions around the globe. “The Red Bull Air Race is one of our most prestigious and technologically advanced projects. We are proud to be recognised by the IBC for our work. I would like to thank the IBC and everyone in the team for his effort to make this project happen,” said Thomas Riedel, MD Riedel Communications. > riedel.com


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