LITHUANIA’S NATIONAL OPERA RELIES ON AEQ-KROMA TECHNOLOGY FOR ITS LATEST DIGITAL UPDATE.23/5/2017
CONEXIA INTERCOM SYSTEM AND LM7000 MONITORS ARE PART OF THE NEW TECHNICAL INSTALLATIONS AT THIS INSTITUTION
Lithuania’s National Opera and Ballet Theater (in Lithuanian, Lietuvos nacionalinis operos ir baleto teatras) is an opera and ballet theater located in Vilnius, the country’s capital. It was built in 1974. Besides standard western and Russian play repertoire, national opera pieces are also performed there.
It is quite a polyvalent building, due to its design and size (with up to 7 usable floors). It contains a main stage with capacity for up to 1700 spectators -including the stalls and galleries-, as well as many auxiliary sceneries for smaller events or rehearsals, and a very large technical space for assembly, illumination, sets, tailoring, dressing rooms, etc, as corresponds to the main Opera Theater in the country.
Back in 2016, the theater’s technical management decided to carry out a complex and ambitious technical renovation of the installations. AEQ CONEXIA intercom system was selected to implement the main internal intercom system of the building and KROMA BY AEQ monitors were chosen to be part of the new central control room design.
AEQ CONEXIA represents a novel concept and a leap forward in intercom systems, as it turns into a true global audio solution. Based on a TM8000 intercom master and a BC2000D audio matrix, CONEXIA has capacity for up to 1024x1024 crosspoints, with modular card-based architecture. But what really makes CONEXIA special is its ability to integrate both intercom and broadcast audio sources into the same matrix, with 48 kHz / 24 bit sampling and a 100% redundant architecture. CONEXIA is also compatible with all KROMA intercom terminals, and its possibilities can be expanded by installing KROMA (telephone, GSM) and AEQ (MADI, fiber optics, IP, etc.) interface cards.
The system provided includes 53 desktop and rack-mount intercom panels with 24, 16 or 4 keys (depending on their location), as well as 20 AEQ XPLORER wireless beltpacks and all the required network infrastructure such as IP switches, routers, WiFi access points and enough antennas to guarantee coverage in such a large building. The deployment of a large network with up to 50 access points was required to provide 100% WiFi coverage and centralized management of all the beltpacks.
The installation was completed with 12 LM7000 KROMA by AEQ monitors, in sizes ranging from 24” to 46”, featuring Quadsplit, SDI, HD and 3G options, to equip all the control rooms in the building.
The complete project was coordinated with AVSystems-Lituania technical manager, Paul Egidijus, in coordination with AEQ-KROMA central services in Madrid, leaded by chief engineers Mario Rodríguez and Roberto Tejero.