Berlin (May 20, 2004)–Bayerischer Rundfunk BR broadcasting service in Munich has purchased two new radio OB vans and a TV OB van, each equipped with a Cantus control room by Salzbrenner Stagetec Media Group based in Buttenheim, Germany. One of the new radio vans was an eye-catcher at the 116th AES Convention, presented directly in front of the main entrance to the show.
The radio van exhibited on the AES features a Cantus console with 128 DSP channels. The audio routing is entirely based on a NEXUS audio routing system with 396 sources and 332 destinations. There is only one bay for external connectivity located at the rear, inside the van, as it is standard with BR vans. Two mobile NEXUS base devices round out the audio network. Two existing base devices or an extra TrueMatch RMC unit can supplement the network, providing a total of 116 microphone inputs. An OMUX optical multiplexer is used for changing the routing between the external fibre-optic lines of these devices. NEXUS is also in charge of intercom functions in the van. This is accomplished using customized subscriber units connected to the audio router via the XRI general-purpose I/O board.
After having successfully equipped its audio control room at the Herkulessaal (Hercules Hall) at Munich Residence with a huge Cantus installation in 2003, this is the first time that the BR has commissioned the entire audio installation of their OB vans from the Media Group. The main contractor, VTS Selhuber, based in Eglhausen near Munich, installed interior fittings, acoustics, air conditioning and the entire video system of the TV van. The audio and fibre-optic cabling prepared by the Media Group was also partly pre-installed in Eglhausen, rendering it unnecessary to remove the interior fittings to install the audio system.
Very well attended at AES was also an exhibitor seminar held by Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup on Sunday, about the technical concept of the radio OB vans.
Salzbrenner Stagetec Media Group