When Red Bull’s outrageous version of a soapbox derby — La Course Red Bull Boîte à Savon 2015 — hit the streets of Montreal, a uniquely compact Rec4Box OB Factory van equipped with Riedel Communications gear was deployed to provide master control capabilities supporting live production and streaming of the event.
As a wild array of human-powered gravity racers made their way down the slopes of Square Victoria, Riedel’s fibre-based RockNet real-time audio network and Artist digital matrix intercom system gave the event producers, Ocean Watch Productions and Red Bull Media House, an efficient, flexible solution for audio transport and communications.
"The Rec4Box unit we used on the Montreal soapbox derby was a 26-foot truck that did the work of a 53-footer, and that’s valuable for live production in tight urban environments," said Sumesh Thakur, president of OceanWatch Productions during the event and now part of Red Bull Media House. "The Riedel gear within the truck provided great audio quality, as well as the ease of use and versatility we required to bring off a successful event."
According to Riedel, the Rec4Box OB unit boasts modular and highly adaptable details, outstanding workstation ergonomics, and modish interior design, as well as fibre optic connectivity that enables deployment and preparation for a four- or five-camera production in less than two hours. Within the Rec4Box OB unit, the fibre-based network backbone provided by Riedel’s Artist system serves as a decentralised infrastructure for live audio and intercom.
The Riedel system helped to minimise the complexity of wiring by letting crews mix all on-site communications and audio signals on one system. During production of the soapbox derby, users were able to respond quickly to virtually any communications demand with the press of a button.
"The efficiency and versatility of our RockNet and Artist systems have made them a staple in Rec4Box OB vans," added Joyce Bente, new president and CEO of Riedel North America. "Like the vans themselves, Riedel solutions are designed to accommodate the creative demands of production teams, allowing them to achieve more while working within tight budgets and timelines.”