Riedel Communications introduced a new 1200 series SmartPanel today. Making its debut at the 2018 NAB Show was the RSP-1232HL panel from Riedel. Featuring multiple full-color multitouch displays, 32 innovative hybrid-lever keys, the ability to leverage apps for multifunctionality, and the ability to adapt easily to the various workflows in use today, this new panel is poised to allow users more flexibility and options in the way they work.
The two-year R&D effort behind the RSP-1232HL panel involved input from many users and industry pros said Riedel. Every aspect of existing panel technology was evaluated, from the spacing of components to their look and feel. The result is a 32-key user interface with each lever key having an integrated rotary encoder that provides control over parameters in the same location as the key. The levers have been carefully designed for form, weight, comfort, responsiveness, and anti-fatigue qualities.
The RSP-1232HL has been designed to support varied workflows. Users can select mode on a per-panel basis - allowing for both "Talk & Listen" workflows where the user chooses what to listen to from an initially silent panel, as well as a "Talk & Mute" workflow where users start with a panel that broadcasts everything, with the users selectively choosing which signals to turn off.
Riedel's new Logical Groups concept allows users to choose custom colors for either the key labels or the LED rings that are positioned around each key. Each key label has a main label, a sub-label, and user-defined icon labels. Along with that is an icon-based signaling mechanism to tell the user what state each key is in at any point in time. Open Mic, Muted Key, Incoming Beep, or Port Busy are easy to read and understandable at a glance. Users have options to get as much or as little information about any given key as needed.
Connectivity was also a big consideration for Riedel ensuring that the new panel takes advantage of both AES3 digital connectivity, along with the SMPTE 2110-30 (AES67) connectivity. AES67 connections are two fiber SFPs and two RJ45 connections that allow for daisy-chaining and redundancy options.
Other features Riedel has incorporated include stereo, phase-accurate speakers; front-panel mic mute and sidetone adjustments; front/rear USB; Bluetooth and NFC connectivity (as in Riedel's Bolero wireless range); GPIO and 4-wire ports; and a light sensor for auto-calibration of screen brightness in changing light environments.
"From the onset we knew we had to do more than just provide lever keys," said Johan Wadsten, User Interface and User Experience Product Manager for Riedel. "This new SmartPanel is chock-full of smart design and innovations that will drive user interfaces forward in ways that likely haven't even been conceived of yet. I couldn't be happier with the results and with the performance of the development teams here at Riedel."
At the 2018 NAB Show, Riedel also unveil a Bolero Standalone Application - a license-enabled upgrade with several performance enhancements along with standalone capabilities.
"The standalone version of Bolero is a perfect wireless intercom solution for rental houses, clients with smaller requirements where intercom needs can be met solely through the flexibility of Bolero, and clients who are already invested in other intercom solutions," said Wolfgang Fritz, Senior Product Manager, Riedel Communications. "With superior sound quality, outstanding RF performance, and simple interfacing, far more users will now be able to enjoy the benefits of Bolero."