I'd like to start the discussion with a question on the techniques available for monitoring the audio from important panels such as the Show Caller or Stage Manager. I recall Pete mentioned in the summer that there are a couple of different methods for listening to other panels within Riedel Artist, and would be interested to see the programming, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each method.
Here are my methods. http://www.bestaudio.com/_private/downloads/monitoring_a_panel.pdf
Do you typically spend much time monitoring panel listens during a show or do you mainly monitor the conferences and point to point conversations? Since it requires the panel to be in dual channel mode, do you normally only set up these functions for a few key users?
I start allocating panel ports so that every one is a 2 channel and only switch to single channel when I run out. That keeps most of my options open. I may do nothing with the second channel but if I need to there is no system reset needed.
I would also say, though, that I ideally like to avoid running things only off of a UPS,
I'm increasingly fond of running remote clusters of panels over IP. It massively simplifies the cabling, and provided you know networking and use good quality switching, is incredibly reliable. With the current Clearcom systems, the panels have IP built right in! So you add the IP card to the matrix, and you can go ahead and choose whether to connect the panel via 4wire or IP.
In this situation, I can have a little rack sleeve with a UPS, switchover PDU and switch that the panels connect back to locally. This can be powered off a local mains supply, and redundant IP connections sent back to the matrix location.
Is it common to use signal cable multicores (eg 5 way BNC) to distribute multiple panel signals over longer distances without having to pull lots of individual coax cables?
I neglected to mention the other half of the Artist monitoring functions, The Clone Output Port,
For longer distances I use the 4 or 8 port fiber multiplexer. This works great for Panels however if it is used to connect to a C44 power supply for beltpacks and the node is rebooted, the C44 does not come back on line and must be manually rebooted.
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