Stage Tec systems are always tailored to individual applications. Therefore, many features have been developed for AURATUS to facilitate day-to-day working and often save time and money. The following is a small selection.

Stage Tec systems are always tailored to individual applications. Therefore, many features have been developed for AURATUS to facilitate day-to-day working and often save time and money. The following is a small selection.

+ Automation

The AURATUS mixing system is equipped with static automation, which enables the audio parameters of all processing channels to be saved and recalled when required. The current parameter settings are stored as snapshots in the current project. Up to 99 snapshots with individual names can be stored per project. AURATUS also permits partial snapshots to be saved, in which only selected parameters are stored.

  • Full snapshots include all the current console settings.
  • Full Functional snapshots contain the values of selected functions of all audio channels. E.g. faders, pan settings etc..
  • Channel Function snapshots save the settings for selected functions.

+ NEXUS Logic Control System

NEXUS Logic Control is a flexible user-programmable logic system for switching and control functions. Logic Control allows various NEXUS parameters to be queried. For example, crosspoint statuses, fader-start relays, input or output levels and internal error statuses. Logic Control can control many different events such as the red light, mute keys, routing switches, level control auto-fallback measures and intercom systems.
AURATUS has respectively 256 Logic Control inputs and outputs.

+ Conference Calls with N–1 System

Auratus N-1The N–1 (mix-minus) system allows for setting up complex conferences. All subscribers who are off-air can talk to each other. If one of them is put on air, the corresponding path will be removed from the conference. When the fader is closed, that person is once again added to the conference.
In AURATUS up to 8 N–1 buses can be configured individually.

+ Configuring AURATUS without the Console: the Offline Editor

Users working in changing production environments will appreciate the AURATUS offline-configuration options because they offer serious time and cost benefits on tight production schedules, for example in OB trucks or at live events.
The offline editor makes it possible to configure an AURATUS while it is still in use on another production. All preparatory work including channel assignments, channel configurations etc. are made in a standalone editor software running on a Windows PC. Projects are then loaded available into the console from SD cards. It also works the other way round. Projects are imported from the console projects into the offline editor for further editing.

+ The Spill Function

To save space on the mixing console surface, multiple audio channels are often grouped and assigned to a single control strip. The disadvantage is that while one audio channel is in the foreground the other channels of a control group remain in the background. They are linked and are also controlled when changes are made to the foreground channel. AURATUS provides the spill function for when a background channel requires individual adjustments. Pressing the spill key brings all audio channels belonging to the control group to the surface. After making the correction a second press on the Spill key hides the background channels once more leaving the foreground channel on the surface.
The spill function is beneficial in that it improves console organisation. The user can access all signals quickly and keep track of what is going on because most of the time the main layer is used. This is particularly important in live mixing. Usually, the definition of layers on digital desks must be really well thought-out. However, thanks to the spill function, layer configuration has lost its importance.

+ TREM - Virtual Channel Expansion

The virtual channel expansion TREM emulates control strips not physically present on the console. TREM runs the emulation on a remote PC connected to the console via Ethernet. All mixing tasks can be performed using the software because the GUI simulates all the controls available on the physical panels including the meters, faders and encoders. The user can choose how big or small the manually operated desk surface should be. The minimum configuration includes a Fader panel featuring eight channel strips, each with two encoders and three keys. Everything else can be outsourced to the PC if appropriate and desired.

+ Downmix Matrix

The independent downmix matrix is used to convert a 5.1 multichannel signal to stereo. The matrix inputs and outputs are freely selectable on the NEXUS system, for example, to monitor the stereo version of a multichannel mix, or for converting a multichannel source to stereo. All input and output levels are adjustable individually.

+ AURATUS Remote Control

Various functions, for example faders, mute, panning and PFL can be changed using external controllers. AURATUS functions can be controlled using a number of protocols including, for example, the RAS protocol or RAP by Ross Video Limited. Using these protocols AURATUS can be integrated into playout-automation systems such as d´accord or Mosart.