It’s jazzy - Timeline of an AURUS production*

* Recording of the Wayne Shorter show in Stockholm on 18 March 2005

Jazz is very popular in Sweden. In Stockholm alone, there are around ten live jazz venues. Naturally, SR Sverige Radio programming reflects its audience’s appreciation of this musical genre. For example, with a live recording of the legendary jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

2.00 pm The OB truck is parked on Sveavägen Street outside the artist’s entrance of the Stockholm Konserthus in the centre of the city. A cold wind is blowing and it has just begun to snow a little. The icicles dangling off the bottom of the SR Live OB truck are evidence of the still wintry weather in Sweden’s capital.
The cabling; an optical cable, a video cable for the monitor camera and the power cable, is run out of the truck – and back it goes into the cosy indoor warmth of the Konserthus.

2.15 pm A warm place has been reserved for the two mobile NEXUS Base Devices, too. The lower storage room in the truck is equipped with its own heater. This ensures a constant temperature environment is maintained at 15°C. In winter this is extremely important to prevent water condensing inside the two Base Devices after installing them in the heated Konserthus.

2.30 pm The optical cabling has been run through the building to backstage. This connects the two NEXUS Base Devices to the NEXUS STAR router on the truck. Together with the large NEXUS Base Device in the control room of the truck, they form a star-shaped audio network. Three portable units belong to the OB truck. If necessary, they can be supplemented by other mobile NEXUS Base Devices owned by SR — a major benefit of the star topology. In fact, one Base Device would have been sufficient for today’s job: from the total of 88 microphone inputs, a mere 16 are required for the Wayne Shorter Band and another four for recording the audience.

3.00 pm The stage is prepared, the monitor desk installed, and the instruments are arranged on stage. Meanwhile, OB truck engineer Maurice Mogard has sufficient time to set up an AURUS project for the recording. He is already familiar with the NEXUS as the SR has used a CANTUS console since 1998 in the Berwald Hall, another important venue. He has not worked very often with the AURUS – since the truck was only fitted with the new console some months ago. Nevertheless, the changeover to the new desk is easy for him since AURUS, with its clear and convenient layout, is highly intuitive to operate.

4.00 pm Microphone placing begins. All microphones, except for the ambient microphones, are provided by the Wayne Shorter Band’s audio engineer. The band mics have been carefully selected. For example Royer ribbon microphones for the kick drum, overheads, and Shorter’s tenor sax. The microphone set up is configured for the sound reinforcement, since the sound must be totally consistent at more than 200 shows. The band uses its own microphone preamps for the same reason. Such a pity, as the NEXUS Base Devices on the OB truck are equipped with 28-bit TrueMatch converter boards by STAGETEC which would render these preamps unnecessary.

4.35 pm At this very moment, someone is trying to squeeze his car in behind the truck. This would block the cover of the outside patch bay. However, the wretch is soon spotted through the truck’s large rear window. Daylight on an OB truck console is generally uncommon; however, this has been a tradition at SR for many years. In the past, the truck used to be parked in such a way that a clear view was provided from the console onto the stage, especially at festivals. Today, in the age of screens and centre speakers, eye contact is established using a monitor camera. However, the big window, opening the OB truck to the outside world and improving the working environment, is still there, even on SR’s most up-to-date OB truck.

5.00 pm Sound check. The band has just arrived but only as a trio. Wayne Shorter himself will only turn up immediately before the show. The piano microphones produce a slightly hollow sound. Maurice Mogard tries various ways of mixing the four signals, an MS signal and an additional support signal, but the sound is never convincing. The AURUS filters can’t help either though they have recently been updated. They now come with an extended slope of ±24 dB – by the way, this change is the result of a suggestion by SR, based on their experiences with the CANTUS console in the Berwald Hall. Maurice Mogard reacts quickly and puts up some extra microphones at the piano; these will be used only for the recording and will therefore be directly connected to one of the NEXUS Base Devices near the stage.

6.00 pm Wayne Shorter has arrived earlier than expected after all. Another short sound check, this time including the soprano and tenor saxophones. There is not much time left, as is always the case with live recordings. In scenarios like this, AURUS supports the engineer by allowing for instant access to the key parameters of all channels, so Maurice can quickly find the right settings. Especially with large-scale recordings where the console with its 40 faders and 168 channels is fully utilised, features such as the extensive channel layout, the advanced talkback functions, and the powerful monitoring section bring all their sophistication to bear. Spirits are high in the OB truck; one can almost feel how relaxed it is working with this console!

6.30 pm Dinner break. It’s getting even colder. An icy wind blows in our faces on our way to a near-by restaurant. At the moment, it’s hard to imagine that the OB truck will soon be booked out with open-air festivals. During their short summers, the Swedes love any kind of festival: from an opera performance in an old castle ruin, to the acclaimed Stockholm Jazz Festival against the backdrop of the harbour. Many musical events with top artists are recorded on SR’s state-of-the-art OB truck, so there is no long summer holiday for the Sverige Radio employees.

7.20 pm Everyone’s back from dinner, and they are all in a good mood. The blanks for the listening copies are loaded into the CD recorders. It’s almost show time, but before the Wayne Shorter Quartet starts their set, there is an awards ceremony for Swedish jazz trumpet player Peter Asplund, combined with a solo ballad performance.

8.00 pm Here we go. The band comes on stage, and multitrack recording starts. There is no set list and the CD recording with the songs played tonight will only be released after the end of the tour. So Maurice cannot listen in advance to what awaits him tonight. During the show, Wayne Shorter comes up with a new style: not as a soloist with background musicians, but a bit more diffident, embedded into the band. Sometimes he turns around, moving away from his microphone, using it as a musical tool. Luckily for us we have the direct video camera view of the stage! Otherwise, the engineer might have boosted the saxophone level too much in this situation.
Nevertheless, a small mixing error would not have been the end of the world because not only is the live stereo mix recorded, but a multitrack recording is also made on the truck. This might have been used for mending the live mix if necessary. Until now, SR has used the AURUS snapshot automation for this purpose, so the console settings of each song are memorized. This feature sometimes allows the postedits to be made directly after the show while colleagues are still busy stowing things away and removing cables. In the future, dynamic automation will provide an even more convenient way of working. However, this feature has not yet been installed — simply because the truck is always on tour, so no update can be made.
By the way, bands have sometimes purchased the multitrack recordings of their shows after experiencing the remarkable technology and listening to the excellent sound inside the OB truck.

9.30 pm The show is over. The recordings are flawless — the SR producer in charge decides that none of the tracks need any postediting. No surprise, because the SR engineers are highly experienced professionals. Shows mixed on this OB truck include a Judas Priest hard rock concert as well as chamber orchestra performances; surround mixes for TV projects, and operas.
The AURUS is shut down. Within half an hour, the three cables are coiled up, the Base Devices are put back in their compartment, and the truck has already left the site. Early tomorrow morning, the show will go on once again, with another AURUS mix.

TV and Radio Broadcast

AVATUS & NEXUS/NEXUS STAR

  • HSE24 Home Shopping Europe AG  Ismaning, Germany
  • RSI Broadcast Center  Lugano, Switzerland
  • tpc Metechno, Broadcast Center  Zurich, Switzerland

AURUS & NEXUS/NEXUS STAR

  • Antena 3 Madrid (TV)  Madrid, Spain
  • ASTRO (Malaysian satellite television) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Anhui TV  Hefei-Anhui, China
  • Auditorium Rai di Napoli  Naples, Italy
  • BBC Scotland Glasgow, United Kingdom weiterlesen blau 2019
  • BR Bayerischer Rundfunk  Munich, Nuremberg, Germany weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Canal 9  Valencia, Spain
  • CCTV  Beijing, China weiterlesen blau 2019 weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Crow TV-Studio  Tokyo, Japan
  • Deutschlandradio  Berlin, Cologne, Germany
  • Deutsche Welle TV  Berlin, Germany weiterlesen blau 2019
  • FM 802 Radio  Osaka, Japan weiterlesen blau 2019
  • FRANCE 2  Paris, France
  • Fuji TV  Tokyo, Japan  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • HSE24 Home Shopping Europe AG  Ismaning, Germany
  • HR Hessischer Rundfunk Frankfurt, Germany
  • J.V.E. facilities   Almere, The Netherlands  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk  Leipzig, Germany weiterlesen blau 2019
  • NDR 2  Hannover, Germany
  • NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hamburg, Hannover, Kiel, Schwerin, Germany
  • Plazamedia TV&Film Produktion  Ismaning, Germany
  • Phoenix TV Station  Bonn, Germany
  • RAI  Rome, Milan, Naples, Torino, Italy  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Radio Bremen  Bremen, Germany  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • RAI Radio  Rome, Italy  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Rom TV  Rome, Italy
  • RTS Radiotelevisione svizzera  Geneva, Switzerland  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • RTBF Brussels, Belgium  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • RTM Kuala Lumpur  Kuala Lumpur, Perdana, Seremban, Malaysia  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • RSI - Radiotelevisione svizzera  Lugano, Switzerland
  • TAI Television News Agency  Warsaw, Poland
  • Television de Galicia  Galicia, Spain
  • TVP Telewizja Polska  Warsaw, Poland  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Tianjin Radio Station  Tianjin, China
  • tpc zürich ag  Zurich, Switzerland  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • TSR Télévision Suisse Romande  Geneva, Switzerland
  • TVE Radio Televisión Espanola  Madrid, Spain
  • WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk  Cologne, Bocklemund, Dusseldorf,  Germany  weiterlesen blau 2019

CRESCENDO & NEXUS/NEXUS STAR

  • ASTRO  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Anhui TV  Hefei-Anhui, China
  • CCTV  Beijing, China
  • CBC Cologne Broadcasting Center  Cologne, Germany
  • Formosa TV  Taipei, Taiwan  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Fujian tv  Beijing, China
  • Hangzhou TV  Hangzhou, China
  • HR Hessischer Rundfunk  Frankfurt/Main, Kassel, Germany
  • HSE24 Home Shopping Europe AG  Ismaning, Germany
  • HBTV Hubei Broadcasting Group  Wuhan, China
  • HNTV  Zhengzhou, China
  • JiangSu Broadcasting Corporation (JSBC)  Nanjing, China
  • Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul, Korean
  • Life News TV, Moscow, Russia
  • M6 TV  Paris, France
  • Media Prima Berhad  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • NDR  Hamburg, Germany
  • NOSPR Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia  Katowice, Poland
  • ONE TV / Dorna Sports Management Rome, Italy
  • Plazamedia TV&Film Produktion  Ismaning, Germany
  • Rede Bahia de Televisao  Salvador, Brazil
  • RTBF  Brussels, Belgium
  • RTM  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • RTS Radiotelevisione svizzera  Geneva, Switzerland
  • SBT Sistema Brasileiro de Televisao Sao Paulo, Brazil  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Shenzhen TV  Shenzhen, China
  • Sveriges Radio  Stockholm, Sweden
  • tpc zürich ag  Zurich, Switzerland
  • TSR Télévision Suisse Romande  Geneva, Switzerland
  • TVE Radio Televisión Espanola  Barcelona, Spain
  • Vatican Radio  Vatican, Italy  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Videohouse  Brussels, Belgium
  • VRT Brussels, Belgium

AURATUS & NEXUS

  • ASTRO TV  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Bernama News TV  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • BR Bayerischer Rundfunk  Nuremberg, Germany
  • CCTV  Beijing, China
  • CJ E&M Brodcasting Centre  Seoul, Korea
  • EPTV  Campinas, Brazil
  • FFS Film- & Fernseh-Synchron  Berlin, Germany  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Henan  Zhengzhou, China
  • HBTV Hubei Broadcasting Group  Wuhan, China
  • Moscovia Broadcasting Company  Moscow, Russia
  • OMTV - Olympic Marseille Football Team  Marseille, France
  • Plazamedia TV&Film Produktion  Ismaning, Germany
  • Radio Kuwait  Kuwait
  • RTBF Brussels, Charleroi, Belgium
  • RTL Radio  Paris, France
  • RTM TV  Sarawak, Malaysia weiterlesen blau 2019
  • RTM TV  Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • SBT Sistema Brasileiro de Televisao  Sao Paulo, Brazil  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Shenzhen TV  Shenzhen, China
  • Tele M1  Aarau, Switzerland
  • Tele 1  Luzern, Switzerland
  • VRT  Brussels, Belgium
  • WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk Siegen, Bonn, Cologne, Essen, Wuppertal, Aachen, Münster, Bielefeld, Dortmund, Duisburg weiterlesen blau 2019  Germany

ON AIR flex & NEXUS/NEXUS STAR

  • ABC Australian Broadcast Corporation  Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, all Australia
  • Al-Watan Radio Kuwait  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • ASTRO (Malaysian satellite television)  Cyberjaya, Malaysia
  • CCTV Movie Channel  Beijing, China
  • HR Hessischer Rundfunk  Frankfurt, Germany
  • HSE24 Home Shopping Europe AG  Ismaning, Germany
  • NDR (tv station) Kiel, Hannover, Germany
  • Plazamedia TV&Film Produktion  Ismaning, Germany
  • Radio Pilatus   Lucerne, Switzerland  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • SDTV QILU Channel  Beijing, China
  • Shanghai Education Television  Shanghai, China
  • tpc Zürich  Zurich, Schwitzerland
  • WDR  Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Wuppertal, Germany
  • Xiamen Travel Channel  Xiamen, China

NEXUS/NEXUS STAR

  • All India Radio New Delhi, India  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Antena 3  Madrid, Islas Baleares, Spain
  • BBC  London, United Kingdom
  • BBC North Manchester, United Kingdom  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • BR Bayerischer Rundfunk Freimann, Germany  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Cadena SER  Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Spain  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Canal Mundo Radio  Madrid, Spain
  • Canal+: Paris, France  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • 20th Century Fox  Los Angeles, USA
  • CBS  New York, USA
  • ESPN  Bristol, Los Angeles, USA
  • ETABETA  Rome, Italy
  • Eurosport 2  Paris, France
  • HR Hessischer Rundfunk Gießen, Fulda, Darmstadt, Wiesbaden, Kassel, Germany weiterlesen blau 2019
  • HR Hessischer Rundfunk  TR 3  Frankfurt, Germany  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • IRT Project Hybnet  Munich, Germany
  • NBC  New York, USA
  • NHK  Tokio, Japan
  • n-tv  Berlin, Germany
  • ORB/DVB-FSZ Ostdeutscher Rundfunk  Potsdam, Germany
  • ORF Eisenstadt, Dornbirn, Austria
  • Onda Cero Radio  Madrid, Spain
  • ONE TV / Dorna Sports Management Rome, Italy
  • Polskie Radio S.A.  Warsaw, Poland weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Portuguese Broadcasting Service  Lisbon, Portugal
  • PTT  Madrid, Spain
  • Public Radio of the Ukraine  Kiew, Ukraine
  • Radio Caracol  Bogota, Colombia
  • Radio Cope  Madrid, Spain
  • Radio 9  Valencia, Spain
  • Radio France  Paris, France
  • Radio Traffic  Paris, France
  • Radio Marca  Madrid, Spain
  • RBB FS Berlin, Germany
  • RPP Radio Programas del Peru  Peru
  • RTS Radiotelevisione svizzera  Geneva, Switzerland   weiterlesen blau 2019
  • RTL Berlin, Germany
  • SAT 1  Zurich, Switzerland
  • SFB Sender Freies Berlin  Berlin, Germany
  • Staatlicher Rundfunk Usbekistan  Uzbekistan
  • Studio Hamburg  Hamburg, Germany
  • SWR Südwestrundfunk Stuttgart, Baden-Baden, Germany  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Tele 5  Madrid, Spain
  • Televisión de Galicia  Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • TF 1  Paris, France  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • TV 1 Napoli  Naples, Italy
  • Unitel  Unterföhring, Germany
  • Vatican Radio Vatican, Italy  weiterlesen blau 2019
  • Yunnan TV  Kunming, China
  • ZDF Mainz, Berlin, Germany
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