September 22, 2014
- Zorlu Performing Arts Center is new home for musicals and music events in Istanbul
- Performances so far have included Cats, Ennio Morricone, José Carreras and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet
- RTS intercom systems ensure communication during productions and live broadcasts
In line with New York’s Broadway and the West End in London, Istanbul’s Zorlu Performing Arts Center is the new home of musicals and music events in Turkey’s metropolis of 14 million inhabitants. Part of the 2.5 billion US dollar Zorlu Center, the Zorlu Performing Arts Center features two separate halls. So far the 2,262- and 738-seat venues have hosted world-renowned shows including Cats and concerts featuring Ennio Morricone, José Carreras and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet.
Setting a new standard amongst Istanbul’s cultural venues, the Zorlu Performing Arts Center aims at being one of the select culture and arts platforms worldwide – also when it comes to installed technology. Despite bidders from several European countries, the assignment went to Istanbul-based long-term RTS partner Atempo. The greatest challenge, Volkan Konuralp, Istanbul Regional Director at Atempo, recalls, was the complexity of the venue: “The Zorlu Center is a massive, complicated and prestigious complex of venues, with thousands attending its events. Occasionally, events are broadcasted live on national television. Especially in such cases, there is no space for mistakes when it comes to the coordination and communication of production and live broadcast.”
To ensure flawless communication during all events, Atempo installed two separate RTS intercom systems: one for the Musical Theater and one for the Drama Theater. “Above everything else, the new intercom system had to guarantee that all those involved in a production would be able to exchange information with each other at any time without any problems and in high audio quality”, recalls Konuralp. “Furthermore, the system had to be reliable and simple in and of itself to use … and not only to use, but also to configure.”
As a solution for both the Musical Theater and the Drama Theater, Atempo’s Istanbul Project Manager Murat Koysuren and his team installed an RTS Cronus 32-port digital matrix intercom in each hall. The RTS Cronus intercom is a modular, 32-port digital matrix intercom in 2RU format (two rack units) capable of holding up to four AIO analog or RVON-C VoIP cards with eight ports each. In each hall, the respective Cronus is connected to KP-32 CLD keypanels.
Sanjay Kumar, RTS Area Sales Manager for Turkey, on the features of the color display keypanels: “As well as being extremely elegant and intuitive in their operation, these coloured display keypanels offer a number of unique features such as DSP processing, full-color LCD displays and multi-directional keys. Plus they convince by combining high-end programming with user-friendliness.” Rounding off the system are WKP-4 wall mount keypanels, as well as a BTR-800 wireless beltpack and DSI 2008 Euro wired intercom beltpack systems.
The planning of the entire integration of the RTS system yielded perfect results to deal with any eventuality. Crucial to a positive outcome was the excellent quality of communications between the individual zones of each venue,” explains Konuralp, and adds: “RTS has been a world leader in the intercom business for a many years. There’s a reason their systems relied upon by prestigious venues as the Bolshoi in Moscow.” Another important factor for the venue’s operators: “The combination of reliability and experience by one of the largest, most renowned intercom companies worldwide tipped the favor towards RTS. And the fact that RTS is part of such a large multinational company as Bosch was the icing on the cake.”
snapshot, lf, September 2014