A New Generation
Munich-based broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) has relied on Stage Tec systems for a very long time. The very first CANTUS ever was delivered to BR radio back in 1995! And there were many more to follow. During the next few years, BR purchased another six of Stage Tec’s debut consoles for BR radio plus another five CANTUS for BR TV. Many of those systems are in use still today and have been adapted to increased requirements by adding new NEXUS components. One example is the FÜ3, one of the CANTUS-based TV outside-broadcast trucks, which was expanded and upgraded to HD recently and equipped with numerous NEXUS SDI interfaces for the purpose.
Today, AURUS is also an indispensable part of the BR operation. At present, BR is gradually replacing its outdated first-generation digital desks. The two most important studios (Studio 1 and Studio 2) in the main BR-radio centre have been completely modernised and upgraded to AURUS systems. Both studios are used for very diverse applications — ranging from jazz, chamber music and solo recordings to folk music and pop while also providing plenty of space for concerts with a large audience. For example they are important venues during the on3 Festival, which is held every year as part of on3, a tri-media youth programme organised by BR.
A striking feature of the two control rooms is their orientation. The AURUS consoles are installed facing away from the large glass windows which overlook the studios. This allowed the console area to be enlarged considerably compared to the previous arrangement and for the Geithain 5.1 monitoring system to be installed without compromises.
The two studios access a pool of NEXUS Base Devices, which are distributed as appropriate for the day’s events. NEXUS was also equipped with a special monitoring controller which allows any external device to be selected and controls phase inversion, stereo channel swapping and many more functions for signals ranging from mono to 5.1.
Including these latest installations, BR now operates a total of five AURUS consoles alongside its CANTUS desks. A large NEXUS system comprising four STARs and a large number of Base Devices will shortly be put into operation at the new TV broadcasting premises in Freimann.