Company History

Berlin-based Stage Tec Entwicklungsgesellschaft für professionelle Audiotechnik mbH is still a young company focussing on the design and development of innovative audio components. It was founded on 1 July 1993 by outstanding engineers and distribution experts. A prototype of the Nexus routing system was introduced only four months later: at the New York AES Convention in 1993!

Just a few months later, the Museum of Musical Instruments in Berlin became the first to install a NEXUS network. Quite a coup for a young company — the distribution partnership with the well established STAGETEC Marketing Company was successful from the word go.

But NEXUS was just the first step on the way to an ambitious goal, the design and construction of a digital mixing-console system! The digital routing system was no longer simply a standalone universal interface, but became an integral component of the new mixing console. Development of digital signal processing, and an ergonomic and attractive user interface were the final steps on the road to achieving the dream. The CANTUS was born! At the 1994 Tonmeistertagung, it received an enthusiastic welcome from the audience thanks to its clever design. The CANTUS consolidated STAGETEC’s reputation as an innovative company for professional digital audio technology and was one of the foundations of future prosperity.

The designers have consistently produced a stream of innovative improvements, even in the details. The 18-bit converters, standard at the time, were developed into the patented 28-bit TrueMatch converter. This offers the widest dynamic range of any currently available converter. New components were added, and software and hardware were continuously improved. Further development based on the CANTUS saw the introduction of a dedicated film console, the CINETRA.
The most recent addition to the STAGETEC product range is the AURUS, a mixing console system for live applications and sound reinforcement, designed completely from scratch.
Since that time NEXUS and CANTUS have become worldwide players. Systems have been installed at the Kourou Spaceport, the United Nations, the Kremlin, many Hollywood studios, and countless theatres. Broadcasting is also a major activity with, for example, more than 30 CANTUS systems sold in Italy, most of them to the state broadcasting service RAI.

Meanwhile, the company’s old home had become much too small, so a new headquarters building was commissioned. In autumn 1999, the entire company moved to the new site in the heart of Berlin. The complex includes manufacturing production lines, well-equipped offices, various QC facilities, and even a recording studio. Today, the company premises are futureproof too. However, then as now, this success is built on two pillars — the founders’ and employees’ commitment and the helpful feedback and confidence of countless satisfied customers all over the world!

2015 New XACI control card: NEXUS Advanced Control Interface; with 800MHz processor for high performance; based on the ARM architecture
CRESCENDO update: the new platinum look available; A/B switching or summing at the input of each channel strip; integration of the ROSS control protocol; scene automation system revised
The ON AIR flex logic control is now fully embedded into NEXUS via the new NEXUS board XACI; no external host PC needed

AURUS Platinum combines tried and tested reliability with cutting edge features and a updated user interface. With a new touch pad, new central functions for effective workflow and deep integration with the NEXUS.
NEXUS Monitor Control: Monitor signals easily in NEXUS networks. The controller enables signal source selection, monitoring volume adjustment, choice of alternative loudspeakers and much more. It replaces an independent fully-fledged monitor controller unit.
Presentation of XDSP - the universal DSP board for NEXUS: powerful signal processing: four times that of XDSP 04, higher crosspoint capacity in gain delay matrices, larger RAM storage for longer signal delays, User-friendly GUI provides overview for fast access to audio parameters and the switching sequence of signal processing modules, ISOSTEM upmix algorithm optional
René Harder is a new member of the board of STAGETEC. He succeeds Dr. Klaus-Peter Scholz, one of the founders and pioneers of STAGETEC.
NEXUS XRT: The new audio router reference – 8k on a single card. A true routing giant for more than 8 000 channels of audio, it takes the NEXUS routing decentralisation concept to an even higher level than before. The XRT board is equipped with 12 fibre-optic ports to route the many I/Os to and from the device.
A new generation of NEXUS AES/EBU cards: XETR offers four AES/EBU I/Os and can be equipped with either XLR or BNC connectors. The new high-density variant HXETR is offered as an extremely compact solution for fixed installations. It provides eight AES/EBU inputs and outputs on D-sub or RJ45 connectors.
Presentation of an individual broadcast mixing console, ON AIR flex, with an all-new three-part structure.
2013 Dr Klaus-Peter Scholz, a founder and pioneer of Stage Tec, will be retiring on 31 October. Dr Scholz has shaped the company's image, and with his in-depth knowledge of digital audio technology acted as the interface between technical development and distribution to this day.
In July, Stage Tec (research and development company) from Berlin celebrated their 20th anniversary. Supported by a strong partner, 13 graduate engineers founded the business as a form of employee-owned company. All of them are still active partners in the company today, responsible for the continuing innovation and performance of the company.
NEXUS now supports the simple network management protocol SNMP aimed for monitoring large networks. The link between NEXUS and the SNMP Manager software is made via NEXUS’ universal interface card XCI, which acts in NEXUS as a universal interface for various serial data formats. Of particular interest is the possibility of including NEXUS logic functions in monitoring messages: any event is also reported to the SNMP.
AURUS consoles include a control interface for the Pyramix DAW. For this purpose, it relies on the proprietary OASIS protocol, which provides a high bandwidth for transmission of control and display information.
2012 Stage Tec Celebrate Topping Out Ceremony: With a total floor space of 4,100 square meters, which corresponds to a doubling of the current area, the new suite of buildings will offer plenty of possibilities for further expansion in the future.
Stage Tec introduce interfacing the internal NEXUS loudness metering to the PINGUIN LndServer: The loudness values measured by the NEXUS are routed to a PINGUIN LdnServer logging server for long-term recording. In this way, programme-loudness metering results can be made available for subsequent evaluation.
A new feature to the dynamic automation of AURUS: The new mix-edit function enables sections of time-code based automation to be copied and pasted into another mix. Full access to all tracks of the pasted section is maintained while the time-code of the new mix is adjusted automatically in length.
New software option converts AURUS console surface into a hardware controller for ProTools, Cubase and Nuendo
Presentation of a new interface board for the NEXUS network system. The XDIP (neXus Dante IP) board for the NEXUS is the result of a successful collaboration between Stage Tec and Audinate. The XDIP module supports up to 64 bidirectional audio channels with different sampling rates.
2011 Successful delivery of the 9th Audio Seminar at Banz monastery
Introduction of a touchscreen control unit for the ON AIR 24 compact console. The interface provides six selectable parameter windows plus windows for 8 aux sends and 8 N–1 (mix-minus) paths
Integration of loudness-metering and spectrum-analysis functions on the new NEXUS controller board
2010 Introduction of the compact and intuitive ON AIR 24 broadcast mixer for self-op use.
TREM, the virtual channel expansion, emulates operating strips which are not present physically on the console. The TREM application runs on a separate personal computer connected to the console via Ethernet.
The XHDI02 board for the NEXUS system supports all SDI formats standardised currently including the fast 3G-SDI format.
Development of a setup application for the NEXUS system which enables users to change the NEXUS hardware configuration without vendor support.
2009 With the introduction of the new XDEE Dolby E encoder board, NEXUS becomes the world’s first audio router on the market to incorporate a consistent workflow for Dolby E® signals.
CRESCENDO replaces AURATUS XL. With 300 audio channels, a freely configurable bus structure and a maximum of 128 summing buses, it is positioned between the AURUS and AURATUS consoles.
Development of a new OMUX optical multiplexer featuring 4 ports. Versions include a NEXUS plug-in board and a 19" external unit.
2008 Introduction of the new NEXUS XDED decoder which offers freely available processing of Dolby E® encoded signals within NEXUS, AURUS and AURATUS platforms
Presentation of two new boards for the NEXUS STAR router: The RSYNC board supports integrated synchronisation with HDTV support; the RMF02 MADI board now provides SFP optical modules in addition to BNC ports and also features an integrated signal processor for gain adjustment.
Demonstration of the Virtual Surface wireless channel-expansion unit networked with the AURUS on a wireless LAN and providing 8 additional channel control strips
Development of the XCMC board containing the entire audio-processing and control components of the AURATUS
2007 New AURUS software release providing numerous convenient functions: an offline editor for AURUS configurations and an offline mode for NEXUS configurations
24 AURATUS consoles ordered by German broadcaster WDR
Introduction of the AURATUS XL, a compact mixing console with 140 channels
The completely revised latest-generation NEXUS STAR offering full redundancy
2006 Development and presentation of the AURATUS compact digital mixing console
AURUS record sales: 44 orders in the first six months, more than 100 sold consoles since 2003
AURUS wins the iF product design award
The NEXUS “minirack” version goes into production
2005 Development of a new AURUS software featuring plenty of substantial newfunctions
AURUS excels as touring console
2004 Now available for NEXUS: SDI interface board featuring new audio SRC for asynchronous video streams
First AURUS installation in an OB truck
2003 AES Convention in Amsterdam: Presentation of the NEXUS STAR digital audio router with additional functionality and new hardware options (e.g. programmable GPIs)
First installation of an AURUS console (E.T.A. Hoffmann Theater Bamberg, Germany)
2002 Introduction of AURUS »the Direct-Access Console« at the AES-convention at Munich, Germany
CANTUS III with major software enhancements and hardware changes (updated Master section, reverse-routing display, rehearsal mode, improved snapshot automation) introduced
2001 150th CANTUS installation in Belgium (Radio-télévision belge de la Communauté française RTBF)
AES Convention: Introducing the NEXUS STAR, a powerful router for extensive
audio networking
2000 100th CANTUS installation (ABC Stage 59, Los Angeles)
Introduction of the NEXUS STAR at the Tonmeistertagung in Hannover (Germany)
1999 First installation of a NEXUS system in the United States (20th Century Fox)
Occupation of the new company premises
1997 Delivery of the first XMAD microphone A/D converter to the BBC
Introduction of the digital microphone beyerdynamic MCD 100 - the first microphone featuring TrueMatch converters
First installation of the digital film console CINETRA at the Geyer Synchron, Berlin (Germany)
Introduction of CINETRA at the AES Convention at New York
1996 Introduction of the TrueMatch RMC at the Tonmeistertagung, Karlsruhe (Germany)
First installation of a CANTUS in Japan, Wakayama
1995 First installation of a CANTUS console at the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation), Germany
1994 First installation of a NEXUS system in a broadcasting environment (SFB, Berlin)
Introduction of the digital CANTUS console at the Tonmeistertagung in Karlsruhe (Germany)
Development Award by the German Department of Commerce
1993 Introduction of NEXUS at the AES Convention, New York
01.07.1993 Company incorporation