By PSW Staff • September 30, 2016 Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom supporting the production of Odysseo Montreal-based Cavalia’s production of Odysseo combines equestrian arts, stage arts, and high-tech theatrical effects. The traveling production, which is produced in a 125-foot tall white big top tent, is currently touring the United States utilizing communications provided by Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom systems. “When we first came to the States we used a rented intercom system that proved to be unreliable – we had a lot of frequency issues,” explains Nicolas Michel, head of sound/front of house engineer for Odysseo. “With a show this size – with as many moving parts as it has – rock-solid communication is extremely important not only for the production, but also for life safety. We needed a solution that we could rely on anywhere.” The show sets up the big top in each city with performances for six weeks before moving on to the next location. The tent spans more than 84,000 square feet and has a seating capacity of 2,000. The stage, which at times is host to 65 horses and their handlers, covers 17,500 square feet. This is not a small production. With shows scheduled for San Jose, Orange County, Vancouver and Chicago, Michel conferred with Montreal-based Solotech to find a reliable wireless intercom solution. When Solotech recommended the UV-1G system, which operates primarily in the VHF band, he immediately purchased two base stations and 16 RAD packs. “There are 14 people backstage running the show along with three riggers, two carpenters, one stable manager and one backstage manager,” he adds. “Normally each base station handles six body packs. In our case, we use 16 bodypacks. Six of the packs are used primarily by people that need to hear instruction, and not necessarily communicate, so they share frequencies. It works extremely well for us.” Philippe Palanque, monitor engineer for Odysseo, manages both base stations and body packs, ensuring they are working and that the crew has what they need. Because the body packs operate in the VHF range, there is plenty of available spectrum for use, no matter where the show takes place. The base station utilizes proprietary Enhanced Narrow Band technology which allows the 6-channel unit to occupy a mere 25 kHz of bandwidth while maintaining the audio characteristics one would expect from a traditional FM system. “It’s an easy to use system that is a good compromise between analog and digital,” concludes Michel. “I feel confident that we can perform anywhere with it – it was a terrific investment.” Radio Active Designs Solotech Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Tagged with: Communications Concerts Intercoms International Radio Active Designs Wireless Systems · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.