Stage Tec’s platinum upgrade of German theatres16 December 2016
The State Theatre Wiesbaden in Germany replaced its Stage Tec CANTUS consoles with the AURUS Platinum consoles.
Three of the State Theatre’s venues now possess five AURUS Platinum consoles, three NEXUS STAR routers and 17 NEXUS Base Devices.
Walter Giebel, chief sound engineer of the State Theatre Wiesbaden says: “The new AURUS/NEXUS system provides continued reliability, which is essential in the theatre business. The new extensions and operating functions will provide even better support for the fast workflow and setups required in theatres as well as for the performances. We also use various interfaces such as DANTE and MADI, as well as flexible controls of and by Midi events.”
The main theatre (Großes Haus), home to opera and ballet, and the small theatre (Kleines Haus), the stage for musicals and drama, have almost identical installations. Each has an AURUS Platinum with 40 faders in a NEXUS network with six Base Devices (five in the small theatre) and the NEXUS STAR router. A secondary 24 fader console in a flight case, complemented by a mobile NEXUS Base Device, is available.
The studio venue is now equipped with a smaller AURUS Platinum with 24 faders and a NEXUS network with four Base Devices and a STAR router. The two mobile NEXUS Base Devices are programmed so flexibly that they can also be connected in the studio.
To facilitate independent updates and maintenance, the three systems were installed separately in the three venues.
The user interfaces of the five mixing consoles can be extended by up to 16 fader channels using the AURUS virtual surface software on a tablet PC. This enables an AURUS in the control room to be controlled directly from the auditorium, for example to optimise sound reinforcement.
The large consoles in the control rooms enable an LED monitor to be switched to the stage or conductor’s cameras, or to display a DAW interface.