Philosophy & Quality Promise

Stage Tec is proud to have been the pioneer of large digital audio mixing consoles. The concepts and ideas, which were already decisive for the success of the systems in the 1990's, are still unmatched today in quality, reliability, speed and flexibility.

Fast and reliable

With a refresh rate of 10 milliseconds, Stage Tec consoles are by far not only the most reliable, but also the fastest audio tools on the market. All mixing console values are read and rewritten during this time. The metering as well as the loading and saving of snapshots, regardless of the size of the values, work in a 10 millisecond grid and thus enable a fast, fatigue-free workflow, which in particular does not differ from the immediate implementation of analog systems in terms of responsiveness.

Durable & sustainable

Quality is Stage Tec's philosophy. All components are designed for maximum operational reliability and service life and are further developed and updated by Stage Tec as part of product maintenance. Service friendliness and backward compatibility are our top priorities. From market launch to discontinuation of support, Stage Tec products regularly achieve life cycles of over 20 years. The extensive support concept ensures that customers continue to receive the best possible support. This creates investment security and a good feeling in the daily work.

A long-lasting product is per se already more sustainable than devices for which a new purchase can already be expected every 5-10 years. Since Stage Tec systems are also supplied with software updates and new functions over their entire life cycle, these systems remain alive and do not become obsolete. In addition, Stage Tec attaches great importance to sustainability for all its products: wherever possible, assemblies are repairable in the event of a failure. All products are trimmed to minimize power consumption and, if necessary, lightweight. In particular, even large consoles can easily be carried by two people because they are a hundred to two hundred kilos lighter than comparable mixing consoles. This saves weight in OB trucks and probably hundreds of liters of fuel over the years.

Safe on principle

The concept of NEXUS is based on distributed intelligence. There is no central unit required for operation, because each basic device has knowledge of the overall system and performs both local and system-wide routing and control tasks. This basic design ensures that there can never be a total failure.

Redundancy and fastest error detection are outstanding features of NEXUS. In addition to NEXUS' own health monitoring, which is displayed directly on the console or connected PCs, NEXUS states can be monitored via SNMP or messages can be sent directly via e-mail. For example, NEXUS Logic Control could be used to monitor the levels of the transmission lines. For example, all relevant components can be included in the IT infrastructure monitoring of a broadcasting center.

Consistently 24/7: Redundancy & Hot-Plug

Each unit of a Stage Tec system is capable of functioning on its own. There is no need for a central office or hosts to operate a system. In addition, Stage Tec offers redundancy options of various types according to customer requirements. Already with the power supplies of simple basic devices, it is possible to choose whether these should be designed without redundancy, with a single, 1-phase redundancy or in a double version for a 2-phase redundancy of the supply network. Each Star Router already consists internally of a redundant electronic structure. If desired, the user can equip a redundant control card with it. The redundant structure of all fiber optic connections between base devices is also optional. Typically, these are created with fiber redundancy; however, it is also possible to redundantly execute the FOC transmission cards themselves in order to prevent an unlikely card failure or to have the option of removing individual cards from the system for service purposes.

Stage Tecs mixing consoles are always designed with redundant power supply. Due to their modular design, the consoles themselves are de facto designed with multiple redundancies, as each individual cassette can assume the function of an identical cassette. Since all mixing console cassettes are also hot-pluggable and, similar to the NEXUS plug-in cards, are recognized and functional in the system within 2-3 seconds, it is a small matter to replace the cassettes even during operation.

This ingenious idea of redundancy continues into the DSP of Stage Tec's large mixing consoles. A second DSP platform does not make more sense than competitive systems, but the user can decide from project to project whether he wants to redundantly configure one of his RMDQ DSP cards or whether he prefers to use all resources in this project for project purposes.

An AURUS mixing console in studio mode

Depending on requirements, an AURUS platinum can be operated both as an inline console and in split mode. In inline mode, the channel configuration allows the position at which the signal is decoupled in the direction of the DAW to be determined. In principle, AURUS platinum can automate all audio-related parameters of the mixing console. In addition to the values of the faders, EQs, dynamics, etc., this also includes things such as A/B input selection, group assignments or routing. The settings of the Mix Scope function allow an extremely detailed definition of the parameters to be used for automation. In addition, the Isolate function allows you to remove individual values or entire channels from the automation at any time. Conversely, any parameter can be set to "Write" simply by touching it. Thus, the engineer always has full control over what is recorded in the automation. A workflow can hardly be faster and more uncomplicated.

As the work progresses, the AURUS's Mix Pass function automatically creates a mix tree with each pass, making it possible to switch back and forth between different versions of a mix at any time. In addition to recording the mix data, AURUS platinum can also be used to execute all edits on the mix while it is at a standstill. Parameters, entire channels or any combination can be changed both absolutely and relatively with frame precision. The Fill function can apply the changes forwards, backwards or specifically between locator positions in the mix.

Cue lists are created and managed in the mix edit so that recurring changes do not have to be carried out en-detail several times. Thus, passages in the Timeline can easily be edited, copied or moved with Cut, Copy and Paste.

Benefit from the advantages of the NEXUS system in live applications

Especially for live applications, the NEXUS audio router offers a number of invaluable advantages. Even the TrueMatch® microphone converters with 158 dB(A) dynamic range are world leaders. For these inputs, up to four active splits can be added, each offering its own gain, high-pass and phase settings for up to four mixing consoles. Third-party mixing consoles can be integrated in a wide variety of formats, including analog I/O, AES/EBU, MADI, AoIP (AES67, Ravenna, Dante) and other exotic formats. All inputs and outputs of the system can be freely configured and brought very close to the respective sources with the base unit. This reduces the external cabling effort, accelerates the setup and reduces the susceptibility to errors.