Stage Tec AVATUS: Theatre Premiere at Mainz State Theatre
A 48-fader AVATUS with the NEXUS STAR router was installed in the Big House sound control room and an AVATUS with 36 faders and associated router lies at the heart of the Small House sound control room. A third AVATUS with 24 faders is mobile as a remote console and can be configured as an extension of the main console in either house or as a parallel console for use in the auditorium as required.
"Thanks to its modular design, AVATUS no longer has a classic central control panel. All functions and parameters can be configured and operated via the 21" multitouch displays. The intuitive menu navigation and the colour coding of the operating elements ensure that the user always keeps an eye on the essentials," explains Michael Müller, project manager at Stage Tec. "This opens up completely new working approaches and possibilities for the customer - this was found to be very exciting at the Mainz State Theatre and was one of the reasons why AVATUS was chosen.“
In the Small House studio, an AURUS console upgraded with new RMDQ DSP units for recording and sound processing will be used in future.
The NEXUS system, in which the CANTUS consoles were already integrated, continues to be used as the audio network. The network has been extended with several new interfaces, such as the Dante Audio-over-IP interface (XDIP). Approximately 75% of the old NEXUS components can still be used after a factory overhaul and an upgrade to the Matrix 5 product version: nine Base Devices from the Big and Small Houses and two stage boxes as mobile units for both houses with around 340 input and output cards. A typical example of the sustainability of Stage Tec products.
The AURUS in the studio stage is connected to two NEXUS Base Devices via the STAR router.
"The switch from Stage Tec's CANTUS digital console to the AVATUS IP console for us as users not only means that the user interfaces look completely different, the operating philosophy also differs considerably. But my colleagues from the sound department were already looking forward to the new console," sums up Andreas Stiller, head of the sound department. "AVATUS had its theatrical premiere on 31st August in the Big House with "Tales of Hoffmann". The IP console operating concept has proven its worth and can prove itself again in the next complex production "The Producers".
About Stage Tec:
Stage Tec Entwicklungsgesellschaft für professionelle Audiotechnik GmbH (Research and Development Company for professional audio technology), based in Berlin, Germany, specialises in the development and manufacture of innovative audio equipment. Stage Tec has an international reputation as one of the leading pioneers in the transition from analogue to digital audio technology. NEXUS® won the Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award in 2010 as “the finest, most versatile audio routing system available today”. Key products include the AVATUS IP-based console (2019), the AURUS® direct access console (2002), the compact AURATUS® (2006) and CRESCENDO (2009) consoles for broadcast and theatre, and the ON AIR flex broadcast mixer (2014).