CANTUS and NEXUS at San Remo Festival in Italy
For the last 40 years, San Remo Festival has been the largest event for the Italian music industry. The festival is live-broadcasted to more than 30 countries and is shown on many other nations' TV off-tape. In Italy, more than 19 million people watch the show every year, thus making San Remo the most important business event for pop-music industry every year.
With due regard to the importance of the festival, Italian RAI (the national public-service broadcaster) sends a large-scale crew to San Remo to handle the event: 300 highly qualified technicians and editors, state-of-the-art audio and video technology with two sound-reinforcement consoles, a couple of big broadcast consoles, and a comprehensive NEXUS system as the heart of the whole setup.
CANTUS and NEXUS were already tested under real-life circumstances at the »San Remo Giovani«, which is the qualifying contest for talented musicians. Afterwards, RAI decided to utilize Stage Tec products for broadcasting the 1998 San Remo Festival: Three independent CANTUS consoles, 13 NEXUS base devices in ten different locations, and a large-scale fibre-optic network are the backbone of the production system as far as audio and intercom are concerned. This gigantic customized system had been developed jointly by RAI and Stage Tec in December 1997.
It was then delivered end of January and was put into full operation exactly one week after the last delivery truck left the site. This was when the vocal and orchestra rehearsals started.
The actual San Remo Festival followed immediately, and RAI showed four hours of program each day.
Thanks to their reliable operation and trouble-free handling, CANTUS and NEXUS have been employed for all San Remo Festivals since, too.