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Clear-Com Theater Comm Workshops Hit APAC

Clear-Com teamed with ‘Hamilton’ ASD Jason Crystal to present hands-on theater comm workshops in Australia and Singapore.

Melbourne, Australia (January 15, 2019)—Clear-Com recently hosted a pair of workshops on intercom system design and new technologies for theater professionals in Singapore and Melbourne. Hosting the events was Jason Crystal, associate sound designer for Broadway productions Hamilton and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

“It’s easy for me to speak about these technologies since I know first-hand how critical they are in making sure a production like Hamilton seamlessly comes to life, night after night,” Crystal said. All productions of Hamilton—touring, Broadway and West End—utilize a combination of Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak II wireless intercom system, HelixNet all-digital networked partyline intercom system, Encore Partyline, and LQ Series of Audio-over-IP (AoIP) interfaces for production team communications.

At each session, Simon Browne, vice president of Product Management for Clear-Com, delivered an update of planned products for 2020 including the new FreeSpeak Edge, GPIO and Audio over IP Interfaces, waterproof beltpacks and the company’s ongoing adoption of AoIP standards. Also on hand was Vinnie Macri, outreach manager for Clear-Com, presenting product-based information.

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The Melbourne event was co-hosted with Jands, Clear-Com’s distribution partner in Australia,. “Clear-Com’s visit to our shores has proved invaluable for the local theatre communications market. The workshop provided a unique opportunity to learn from Jason and Simon’s combined wealth of knowledge, interact with Clear-Com’s next generation products and have their questions answered in real-time,” commented Jands general manager Geoff Smith.

In Singapore, the workshop was held at the Wild Rice Theatre, an innovative new venue which is home to one of Singapore’s leading theatre companies, and which features Clear-Com systems.

Looking back on the workshops, Crystal mused. “Talking to my professional colleagues, especially to new users in other countries, and sharing my experiences to help them learn new approaches is always a treat. Judging from their engaging questions during the sessions and our intriguing post-show conversations, they were enjoying the discussion as much as I was.”

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