What is it?
A digital mixing system comprising a main console and separate audio processor – the Nexus Star.
Aurus systems are available in a wide variety of flexible configurations; the modular design allows customers to determine the size of control surface, working in units of eight control strips. The amount of signal processing is also flexible to provide the required number of channels and buses. Thus, a small console can control a large mixer (or vice-versa) according to application. Aurus is completely integrated with the Nexus Star router, and multiple mixing-console systems can coexist within one Nexus system. Combining Aurus with the Nexus audio network forms an overall system with distributed inputs and outputs for different formats. Within this system, Aurus can access all available I/O resources independent of their physical location.
In complex installations the system may be configured in such a way that Aurus limits access to the available resources. This is possible within Nexus, along with configuration of user rights for individual users. Aurus offers direct access to channel parameters on up to 96 channel strips. High-res metering is included together with I/O routing to a fibre-optic audio network. According to Stage Tec, the system offers noise-free summing, no overloads on channel signals and generous headroom on the mix bus. Up to 300 audio channels are available (depending on configuration) and 128 buses. There’s a choice of 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz sampling rates and the design includes snapshot and dynamic automation for all console parameters. The Aurus base unit can also be specified with MADI inputs and outputs.
A combination of low console weight, a compact audio processor, a scaleable routing matrix and low power consumption makes the Aurus system suitable for OB vans and live use. Nexus base devices (and therefore the entire routing system) are ready for operation within a few seconds of powering up and the system recalls all settings valid before it was powered down. Data stored will survive any power failure. The deployment of fibre-optic cables for system control, audio, data and word-clock information distribution simplifies installation and renders the system immune to electromagnetic interference and ground loops.