NICE TO MEET YOU : SEBASTIEN RAKOTOZAFY1er Octobre 2015
Most of you would know Overline Systems through its activities in broadcasting, theatre shows and other live events. You may have seen our UC range of intercom systems in action during concerts (Les Enfoirés, the Bastille Day concert, etc.) or various sporting events around the world. But for this new “Nice to meet you” segment we enter the world of music tours, a specific category of live events only recently tackled by Overline Systems. Concert dates, live performances and being on the road virtually every day are new sets of constrains we are now dealing with, this time with the team of one of the favourite French rock stars, Johnny Hallyday.
We stopped at the Palais Nikaïa in Nice, France,on the 25th of September for the second half of this technical and human adventure. The perfect opportunity to meet with Sébastien Rakotozafy and ask him about the use of Overline systems equipment on tour.
Three. Two. One. Go!
Nice to meetyou, Seb Rakotozafy. First of all, could you introduce yourself?
I am the General Stage Manager and Technical Director of the Johnny Hallyday tour for Décibels Productions. Musician by training, I have always been interested in the technical side of live production. I quickly realised that I was enjoying myself even more on that side of the stage. So I decided to continue down that path. First in dancing productions, parties and other live events at small venues and festivals, which allowed me to work on sound, lighting, logistics, etc. Then, from 1998, Is tarted working on music tours, first on back line, then on stage and now in control room and stage management.
On the 2nd of July this year, you have started the Johnny Hallyday summer tour, a project you had been working on for months. Could you tell us about the key steps in the preparation of such an event, and when the Overline equipment came into play?
A tour of that scale brings together many specialists of various trades and backgrounds: sound, lighting, backline, video, electricity, special effects, tracking- trolley, rigging, etc. For the coordination of such an organisation, for the coordination of so many key players, communication is key. By habit, every “trade” would bring its own intercommunication system. But when everyone as a team has to communicate toeach other, it’s far more complicated and it can be a real issue, to say the least…
So, on the basis of these previous experiences, I wanted to work differently on my latest tour with French artist Christophe Maé, and this is when I crossed path with Overline Systems.
The idea was simple: a single system, a single provider and a single range of equipment. On previous tours and in TV studios I had the opportunity to work with the main 5 switch mobile (the Overline UC range). So I decided to contact the manufacturer directly.
I met with Arnaud and Fred to share my ideas, but most importantly to explain my technical issues. This was the beginning of our collaboration and the results were spectacular, so it was clear: on a tour as massive as the Johnny Hallyday tour, I was going to require Overline Systems. The specifications were far wider, but I knew the team at Overline liked challenges.
We often work on live performances like concerts, but tour are relatively recent for Overline. For anyone out there considering HF communication as an additional technical risk, let’s talk a bit about your organisation, the architecture put in place on every concert date.
Every trade manages its own equipment, the panel for the stage management and the fixed bases. The “engine room” is set at the block level (away from the stage) because we use the lighting fibre todistribute the intercommunication in front stage management. This saves us from making additional cabling to the FOH. (Front Of House?)
HF bases are naturally there. The HF is managed by the sound team who already overlook many frequencies between microphones and ear monitors.
The specifications are complex because I have requested that every stage management mobile communicates with all the team and, at the same time, enjoy its own private loop, to exchange when needed, without interfering with other conversations.
As for my own mobile, on the top of the intercommunication network, I use the mobile for Sound communication management with the musicians, and as an order. For this, my headset microphone and listening function are sent to the console. I receive the mix of intercommunication, of the musicians “talk” and of the sound - as well as the music - directly in my headset.
A single mobile, a single headphone, a single microphone to talk to everybody. I just select on the beltpack the person I want to talk to, and who I want to listen to.
You are constantly on the road in France, Belgium, Switzerland… The tour even took you to Lebanon. All this involves huge logistics. Are Overline systems’ products and services up to the challenge of a one year tour in term of reliability and peace of mind for your team before each new concert?
The architecture put together by Overline, once implemented in pre-production, remains exactly the same, concert after concert, until the end of the tour. Fred and Arnaud have always been available for my team and myself, and they are reactive. They don’t like to be stuck on a technical problem and even at 1am, if there is an issue, they will be on the phone. After a year and a half on tour with Christophe Maé, it happened only once. So I have no worries using Overline Systems.
The only critical thing is to well manage frequency.
You have also helped us to better approach the many challenges of musical tours, to optimise our systems in order to make them easier to use and more efficient. Do you know of any other things Overline could improve on its products or its services?
I have plenty of ideas, but be careful, I am not sure if they are all great! The intense day to day use of a system can generate unexpected situations and may result in difficulties. You have to anticipate so as not to be in that sort of position. At the moment, I would suggest a different way of holding the 5 ways belpacks (universal & without belt), but we have already discussed this and I know that the solution is on its way…
Yes indeed, you have presented Overline with a very interesting idea, (and even a prototype) and - as which any Overline clients request, suggestion or issue – it had been the subject of an in-house study in order to better respond to your needs. Isn’t listening the basis of any good communication?
Thank you for your time, Sébastien. We will be able to follow the results of this moment oustour all over France until 2016.
Find all the concert dates and locations of the Johnny Hallyday – Rester vivant Tour on the Décibels Production website.
2015 IBC EXHIBITION20 Septembre 2015
Broadcasters from around the world came in September on the Overline Systems IBC booth to test our new OverWave Intercom / Reporter UHF broadband System.
With sufficient outdoor range, no latency whatsoever and an unbeatable full duplex very high audio quality, it is clearly the most popular wireless Intercom and reporter systems around.
The OverWave offers transmission and reception frequency over 72 MHz (9 TNT channels). At a time when telecommunication companies are purchasing so many made available UHF bandwidth, it comes as no surprise that broadband equipment appear as the best compromise.
Our soon to be launched DigitEar wireless nano-in-ear solution also attracted many IBC visitors, everyone realising the true potentials of this state of the art development for their respective working environment.
Overline Systems is passionate about intercommunication solutions: in HF, wired and soon nano-in-ear systems for TV presenters and performers.
But first and foremost, it is a company dedicated to its equipment’s users, its clients and its partners who all contribute to the evolvement of our industry.
Overline Systems:Intercom Unlimited!
Nice to meet you : Sébastien Lelong15 Juin 2015
The extraordinary win of Stanislas Wawrinka in the final of the 2015 edition of Roland Garros was broadcasted in over 214 countries. Technical teams were once again up to the challenge, facing increasing demand and ever more specific technical needs.
Around the technical area, one can witness the many professions involved in broadcasting. Amongst them a production manager has agreed, with good humour, to share its views on the solutions provided by Overline Systems on this massive event. Sebastien Lelong embodies the versatility, the sens of involvement and the adaptability required on a project like Roland Garros.
Nice To Meet You…
Could you describe, in a few words, your career so far and your job as a production manager?
«I have been a production manager for over 15 years, including 10 years at VCF and the past 5 years at Euromedia.
My job is to put together and coordinate the technical means and human capabilities on a broadcast which require audio and video knowledge. And I am good – or bad – at this, depending on where you look from!
Rather versatile, I work on sets as well as on sporting events, in France and internationally.
Amongst my best performances are 4 Tours de France, 2 Olympic Games so far (London and Sochi) with Rio on its way, a UEFA Cup (in Switzerland and Austria in 2008), and handball, basketball, badminton, judo, rugby competition… as well as the organisation of a TV set for Bein Sports in Doha, and some other smaller sets in France, including for the Newlywed. »
The Roland Garros tournament just came to an end. You were in charge of part of the project and you have chosen to use Overline Systems equipments. How were these two weeks? To whom and for what purpose the Overline solutions were implemented for?
« We have used two different systems: the first one for the intercommunication between our HF teams across the entire site, with the Overline UC range of intercoms, and the other for our journalists’ communications, thanks to the boosted TX Ear monitor. All this on the same range, over two transmitters /receivers locations: the Suzanne Lenglen Court and the Philippe Chatrier Central Court.
We were fully satisfied with the systems, both in terms of reliability and range. »
For how long have you been using Overline equipments and usually for what kind of jobs?
« I am always using Overline equipments for complex broadcasting on vast installations. It represents the best quality-efficiency ratio I could find on the market. For over 10 years, whatever a broadcast degree of difficulty, Overline Systems has remained an efficient and easy to implement solution. »
You are one of these production managers who like to apprehend, discover and use a large variety of equipments and solutions (photography for example). The new series of Overwave HF broadband intercoms and DigitEar nano in-ear monitoring systems will be on the market soon. Could you picture yourself using these equipments on future jobs?
« Quite easily, yes… Often features create needs. These new equipments will allow us to provide better services to our clients. »
… and it will be a pleasure to assist you in the process. We are looking forward to 2016! Monsieur Lelong, we wish you all the best for your current and future projects. And same to you all, production managers out there, and you of course, Overline Addicted!
NAB Show 2015 : an exciting 3th edition for Overline Systems!30 Avril 2015
This year was our third participation in the prestigious annual NAB Show Exhibition in Las Vegas.
And what a few days it was !
A must for the broadcasting industry worldwide, this show is always a great opportunity for our team to showcase Overline Systems latest developments.
Amongst the most revolutionary presented this year in Las Vegas was Overline Systems digital nano in-ear monitoring solution: DigitEar
Our in-ear monitor created a real buzz and visitors were thrilled by this ingenious wireless device.
Fitted with in-built nanotechnology, the DigitEar offers a very high audio quality, a simplicity of use and a state of the art design that hasn’t been unnoticed.
Many visitors, amongst them journalists, were looking forward to using the device in their studios.
A manager of a preeminent American TV network summed-up the general feed-back: « Finally! I am glad it exists !! ».
Our new OverWave wireless Broadband Intercom and Compass Wired ACS Intercom Systems were also the talk of the 2015 NAB Show.
Visitors have been won over by the main features of the OverWave range of wireless Broadband Intercom.
This include ultra long range, 8 selectable directions through 8 shift mode keys, operating on UHF very large band and full duplex very high audio quality.
The Compass range of wired ACS Intercom Systems was also noticed by many of the professionals visiting the Overline Systems stand.
Visitors were impressed by the quality of its clients worldwide: after the initial equipping of the prestigious Paris Philharmonic, Compass is now gaining grounds on the other side of the Atlantic, thanks to its plug'n play philosophy and its ultra high quality audio.
Overline Overseas is now a true reality !
Nice to meet you : Fred DUTOT24 Mars 2015
After 13 years in a company, it is not rare to meet passionate employees for whom technology, experience and service are inseparable values.
At Overline Systems, Quality is a concept in motion through all segments of our activity, instrumental to technological prowess since 1981 and a result of the essential notion of personalised services.
Let’s meet one of these actors, where technology meets the human factor.
Fred Dutot - 42 year old - Manager of the Paris Overline Rental Agency, in charge of the coordination, preparation and set up of Overline rented equipments.
As you decided to join the Overline team, 13 years ago, you immediately dealt with new challenges as you set up the Parisian office for rental & services. Following several years of experience in the audiovisual world and in particular in intercommunication, what was your motivation when you decided to continue your career in joining Overline?
I was previously working for an American brand of intercom products and the possibility of being part of the adaptation of a technical solution to better answer specific needs immediately motivated me. The capacity of directly exchanging with end-users and always being receptive are powerful assets for a company manufacturing complete configurable and modular equipments.
You are making a high priority of keeping this image of excellence which is - since its beginning - at the core of Overline philosophy, on a technological level but also in terms of customer relation.Project Management is the key ?
Yes indeed, the key in our line of business is to work upstream, to adapt the condition of a system’s operation to a particular site, to a particular HF context, in harmony with other equipments used on site. This is the non visible, often unknown, part of the operation of equipments, but the key to a successful operation. So we offer a totally plug n’ play system on which it is easy and quick to intervene in case of an unexpected event. A successful frequency plan calculation eventuates when a project is a total success.
Which advice would you give to a technician using HF and Overline Systems for the first time, in order to start on solid ground and make regular improvements with a few simple notions?
A successful set up of Overline HF equipments starts with the understanding of the global environment in which the system will be used. Taking into account all the HF equipment (microphones, ears, orders…) is already a first step towards success and the best possible set-up, of which antennas positioning is the keystone. From this series of information, the idea is to spread the systems’ antennas as much as possible in order to use the Overline bases in the best conditions possible, respecting the work of every technician involved.
LES ENFOIRÉS LIVE PERFORMANCE 201520 Février 2015
Laurent Aubert is part of the AMP Visual TV company where is started as an assistant over 7 years.
AMP is a specialist in TV Coverage, providing services throughout the production process for live programmes and those produced under live conditions.
Laurent first started to use Overline systems at the time and since then has always been “very satisfied of these complete intercommunication systems”.
Dorian MARTIAL, Overline Systems Sales Manager has briefly talked to him on stage at this year “Les Enfoirés” Live performance.
"I appreciate the user friendly aspect of Overline systems, their in-ear comfort thanks to a very high audio quality, their precise handling as well as their ease of operation.
They are crucial for us on “les Enfoirés” stage because they are adapted to our needs.
The systems are easy to configure and the set-up lead time is very short : less than an hour to install the base, positioned the antennas and proceed with the tests .
As many people in the industry, I am looking forward to the release of the new InEar wireless monitoring solution which should replace the Phonaks in the near future".
Thank you very much Laurent for taking time to talk to us, and thank you to all the team at Les enfoirés for placing their trust in Overline Systems since the beginning
The Paris Philharmonic02 Février 2015
Conceived as an artwork by architect Jean Nouvel, the Paris Philharmonic brings together the Cité de la Musique (Philharmonic 1) and a new facility offering a 2400 seat auditorium (Philharmonic 2).
In this exceptional concert hall, no spectator is further than 32 metres from the director.
This real architectural prowess was conceived in order to offer maximum modularity, not only in terms of layout - the main space has exceptional modular acoustics - but also in terms of space usage : the area can be used as a reception as well as an exhibition hall and the foyer can host workshops or be a networking area for visitors.
The intercommunication technical specifications were to be in harmony with the high requirement of this prestigious site.
The system had to allow permanent or visited technical teams to inter-communicate between each other to and from the different sites hosting various cultural events.
For ease of usage and team security, this intercommunication had to be full duplex.
For similar reasons, communication at all time had to be of a very high quality.
The system had to be intuitive and easy to use, without prior training, by various technical teams invited to work onsite.
It had to be modular, both in terms of its physical architecture - with the possibility of adding modules and interchange mobile unit to suit needs - and in terms of its functionality, with possibilities to set up stand alone or conference mode intercommunication networks.
It had to be reliable through its toughness and an efficient after sale service.
Last but not least, the system had to harmoniously fit within this high profile architectural achievement.
Overline was able to meet all of these criteria, offering a solution based on both wired and HF intercommunication, and guaranteeing a very high quality full duplex audio across the overall network.
We wish you an Unlimited year !1er Janvier 2015
This year, more than ever, let’s invest all our energy in surpassing ourselves, pushing technological limits, overtaking geographical constraints and, first and foremost, promoting freedom.
Our trade only makes sense through freedom of expression in art and information.
Let’s approach 2015 as citizens of the world, with solidarity the only answer to violence.
All the team at Overline wishes you an unlimited year!
JTSE 2014 : Overline... always there !27 Novembre 2014
As with each year,OVERLINE Systems was a proud exhibitor on JTSE 2014, the Performance and Entertainment Technical Show and Convention (Paris, 25 & 26 November).
Another perfect opportunity to exchange with the industry, to strengthen the links between the artistic and the technical in the performing arts, and to present the key advantages of the OVERLINE COMPASS range of wired ACS intercom systems for theatres and operas.
With a new design and ergonomic optimizations, its total plug'n play configuration and its 4 full duplex channels on ACS DP/ACS SP keyboards bringing very high audio quality, the COMPASS range of wired Intercom continues to win over supporters from prestigious venues around the world and is fast becoming THE wired solution worldwide.
To be continued!
EXCELLENCE, Louis Vuitton & Overline04 Novembre 2014
A masterpiece of ingenious design, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is a symbol of French excellence.
American architect Frank Gehry and the Fondation have paid attention to every detail of the project, surrounding this extraordinary space for art and culture with luxury and French high technology.
Overline has integrated its intercom architecture at the heart of this “cloud of glass” : a HF intercom system with 8 mobiles on two networks allowing technicians to communicate to each other virtually anywhere in the building, from the boxes to the stage surrounds and the gallery halls, lobby and corridors.
Year after year, Overline is proud to uphold the tradition of French excellence !
Introducing Overline's little gem!28 Septembre 2014
Overline Systems has taken the opportunity of this year's IBC exhibition to introduce its latest gem : the DigitEar.
DigitEar is a wireless nano in-ear monitoring system especially designed for journalists, newsreaders and TV hosts.
Based on miniaturised high technologies, the Nano In-Ear is a perfectly invisible intra-auricular device.
A discreet Intermediary Pocket Station links the Nano In-Ear to the full duplex base station.
A “Talk-back” functionality allows communication with the duplex station thanks to an inbuilt microphone.
This provides a variety of uses.
Very high quality digital audio sound, wireless “nano” technology, variety of uses: DigitEar is “THE” in-ear monitoring solution for those wanting discretion without compromising on quality.
Available April 1st 2015.
NAB Show 2014: visitors thrilled by the First Digital Wireless Nano In-ear Monitoring Solution!25 Avril 2014
The 2014 edition of the NAB Show has been a great opportunity for Overline Systems to showcase our new digital nano in-ear monitoring solution.
With this new digital and wireless device, users won’t have to compromise: the DigitEar provides great efficiency while allowing maximum discretion.
Visitors to our stand have been won over not only by the DigitEar’s very high audio quality but also by the many possibilities offered by this new solution.
The wireless Nano In-ear talk-back function is a little revolution in itself: think being able to talk back to your control room during a live coverage thanks to an ingenious control box small enough to go unnoticed on a table.
Our new OverWave wireless Broadband Intercom and Compass Wired ACS Intercom Systems were also the talk of the 2014 NAB Show.
More than ever before, 2014 is the year of achievement and new projects for Overline Systems!
Join us to NAB Show !1er Avril 2014
Overline Systems has been specializing since 1981 in the design and manufacture of a large and scalable range of Wired & Wireless Analog & Digital communications systems.
We develop and market proven leading-edge technology intercom solutions, wireless analog high broadband intercom systems and wired analog & digital partyline solutions for broadcast applications, live events coverage, outdoor broadcasting and theatres shows worldwide.
Beyond our OverWave range of broadband UHF reporter and Intercom systems, our dedicated team now provide its expertise to TV studios with an exclusive Digital Nano In-ear Monitoring solution.
Visit us at booth C2949 and try the first Digital Wireless Nano In-ear Monitoring solution
For the first time, you don’t have to choose over quality and discretion!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !1er Janvier 2014
A new year begins, this is the opportunity for us to thank you again for the confidence you have placed in us over many years.
Our collaboration and your fidelity are the the keys to our success.
We wish you a happy new year 2014.
Overline Systems ' team
Overline Systems at IBC Show1er Octobre 2013
Once again this year, the Overline Systems team was present at the IBC to reveal a preview of the 2014 innovations. The announcement of the new RF wide band intercom and reporter system OverWave created the event within the broadcasters’ world.
Indeed, having a system that can answer the UHF channels loss problem was more than expected in the current context.
There has also been talked about the new Compass wired system, based on an Overline original technology between digital systems and classic party-line, capable of supplying 4 audio channels for beltpacks and panels stations, on a single 300 meters regular microphone cable, with no side-tone adjustment needed.
All the partners welcomed the total compatibility between all the products (wireless RF OverWave systems, Compass 4 channels wired analog system and EIS Ethersound panels) .
They can now access a complete intercom solution with an ultra-high audio quality and exclusive features.
Left to right: Matthieu Fischer, operational manager / Gérard Lombard, CEO / Dorian Martial, sales manager / Gilbert Pernin, Consultant.
Join us to IBC show !1er Septembre 2013
Get a sneak preview of the new OVERWAVE range:
Forget about stress and noise! Discover our new wide UHF Intercom/ Reportage system :
• 72 MHz RX Bandwidth (9 TNT channels)
• 80 MHz TX Bandwidth (10 TNT channels)
• 8 channels Beltpacks with a pulldown menu on OLED screen
• digital audio processing via matrix management
• Signal/Noise ratio: 95 dB
Come and try the new wired system of the COMPASS range:
Forget everything you know about party-line, Overline Systems reinvents the wired system:
• Intuitive plug 'n play without side-tone setting
• Bandwidth: 12 KHz
• Signal/Noise ratio: 90 dB
• Full compatible system with standards: EtherSound ™ / Dant / MADI / 4 O son dB
• Price equivalent to a traditional party-line system
The Overline team is still in race !07 Juillet 2013
One more time, Overline systems pushes away the limits of the HF by operating the TV cover of the biggest automobile long-distance race.
Le Mans 24 Hours, mythical event of the car-racing, constitutes a real challenge for 7 televisions teams.
For its 90th anniversary, the event requires at least 9 systems of very long distances UHF reports for live coverage and 20 intercom systems for the team coordination.
Strong and reliable, the Overline-Systems remain, to date, the only ones to be able to cover in HF the incredible long distances of a racing circuit.
Drawing on their proven experience in this field our teams can congratulate themselves on such a success.
More and more televisions trust our systems for their television report and we thank them all for their support.
Photo credit: Michel JAMIN (ACO)
Overline takes on the yellow jersey for the 10th time of this year !04 Juillet 2012
For 10 years Overline has been following the competitors of the Tour de France, again this year, the rental team is mobilized to cover such an event.
We are in charge of 7 television teams:
The Overline Wireless Intercom system takes part in the 'Chorégies d'Orange' ( France)27 Juin 2012
For its numerous performances during the July festival, the 'Chorégies d'Orange' are equipped with an Overline High Frequency system interfaced with the new-wired system in EtherSound.
Considering the surface to cover and the thick stonewalls of this antique theatre, the success of the festival relied on a trustful HF that could meet the requirements of such a site without any problems.
Based on a system of 8 HF mobiles, the EtherSound central intercom system and the 16 wired mobiles complete this mobile intercom architecture.
Feat of the wired system, the devices cover the entire infrastructure, from the production stage team up to the followspot with coverage of up to 100 meters.
Despite the topology of the site the network has been built in all simplicity, with the help of the system plug and play and the automatic setup of the wired system, allowing more flexibility in the organization of such shows.
The new-wired standard proves its worth at 'La comédie Française' (french theatre company)11 Mai 2012
'La Comédie française', one of the most ancient and prestigious places of French culture, has chosen the reliability of Overline Systems to equip its 'Théâtre Ephémère'.
Situated just next to the famous Richelieu auditorium currently under renovation at the moment, this theatre is the opportunity for Overline to be approved by the technical teams of the 'Comédie' on its new wired range EIS.
The simplicity of the setting up and its inexpensive wiring makes it an ideal system for this type of site.
Its exceptional audio quality and its extreme user simplicity seem to have seduced the team, as there is question to reinstall this system in the Richelieu Auditorium once the renovations are completed !
To be continued…..