Aspen, CO (February 25, 2011)–Stagetec’s Nexus system linked together nine digital mixing consoles in six OB trucks via MADI at the recent Winter X Games.
The Winter X Games were back in Aspen, CO for the 10th straight year and with over 52 hours of programming to be shown in HD, 3-D and via the internet, ESPN decided to tackle the audio routing using the same tool as in their Bristol, CT and L.A. facilities, for the first time. Central to the system was the Nexus Star, which connected to each of the Calrec and other digital consoles in each of the six trucks, as well as to their RTS and Riedel intercom systems.
The desired audio channels from each venue were routed through both fiber and copper MADI links by Star. In addition, the Nexus Star routed signals for on-air broadcast via a Nexus AES I/O frame in the ESPN Transmission Center. There was also a Nexus Analog I/O frame in the EPC trailer connected to the only console on site not fitted with MADI.
Control of the Nexus was available locally to each audio operator through the Nexus GUI running on local laptops, connected via an Ethernet network to the Nexus Star. Control stations in the Central COMMS Room allowed the intercom operators to route to and from the RTS and Riedel gear, again via MADI lines from the Nexus Star.
Due to the Star topology used, each truck’s consoles had a “home run” MADI connection to the Nexus Star, with no “ring” necessary. In all, the Nexus configuration provided 812 inputs and 812 outputs to the compound.
“Once we set up the Nexus and configured the routing, the system ran flawlessly, simplifying a complex set of requirements,” stated B. Morgan Martin of GMA, Stagetec’s partner in the U.S. “I really felt like the famous ‘appliance repairman’ with nothing to fix.”