Riedel Intercoms Support International Swimming League’s Inaugural Season

When Dodd Technologies Inc. (DTI), a full-service event and entertainment production company based in Pendleton, Ind., was looking for a proven wireless intercom system for its crew to produce live events for the all-new International Swimming League (ISL), it chose a Riedel Communications’ Artist digital matrix intercom and Bolero wireless intercom system. The integrated Artist/Bolero system enabled clear and reliable crew communications for the ISL’s 2019 season, culminating in December’s Grand Final at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

DTI produced the four U.S.-based meets for broadcast and streaming outlets. These included events in Indianapolis; Washington, D.C.; Dallas; and the Grand Final in Las Vegas, for which the veteran production company worked with Myrtha Pools and Klance Unlimited to install a custom-built, acrylic-sided pool, holding nearly one million gallons of water, in the Mandalay Bay Casino Arena.

For each of these events, the DTI production team used an Artist-32 mainframe interfaced with desktop and rack-mounted Riedel 2300-Series SmartPanels, which routed intercom signals seamlessly to 10 Bolero intercom belt packs. At Mandalay Bay, only two Bolero antennas were needed to provide flawless and crystal-clear communications to the entire arena and surrounding rooms.

Caleb Cassler, Audio Engineer, DTI, said that each ISL event is an extremely high-paced production that demands fast and foolproof crew communications.

At each ISL event, a Bolero wireless system was used to keep individuals informed and overall comms chatter to a minimum.

At each ISL event, a Bolero wireless system was used to keep individuals informed and overall comms chatter to a minimum.

“We’re under an intense time crunch, and we can't waste minutes troubleshooting or worrying about coverage,” said Cassler. “The flexibility of the Artist ecosystem, combined with the easy setup and reliability of the Bolero wireless intercom, are exactly what our production team members need to keep the show running smoothly. And in Las Vegas, I was really impressed that only two Bolero antennas were able to cover a huge area with ease.”

At each ISL event, a Bolero wireless system was used to keep individuals informed and overall comms chatter to a minimum for functions such as athlete locating, roster changes, and control of wireless cameras. The DTI team allocated a Bolero channel for each of six departments—audio, video, show lighting, LED walls, truck engineering, and truck director—and make changes easily and on the fly using the Riedel Director configuration software.

In one example, decisions regarding which swimmer would swim in each event are made right up until the race itself. A stage manager with a Bolero belt pack would visit each coach for the last-minute changes and instantly relay these changes to graphics, timing, and scoring personnel, as well as producers for appropriate announcements.

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