Swiss Parliament to Open Media Center with Stagetec Aurus/Nexus system

Bern, Switzerland (July 28, 2005)--A new media center at the Swiss parliament, or Bundeshaus (Federal House), will open next year with an Aurus/Nexus system digital audio system. The new control room at the multimedia complex, known as the Bundesmedienhaus, will be the source of all audio and video feeds for TV broadcast in the future, replacing the current SRG (Swiss Broadcasting Service) facilities.
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Bern, Switzerland (July 28, 2005)--A new media center at the Swiss parliament, or Bundeshaus (Federal House), will open next year with an Aurus/Nexus system digital audio system. The new control room at the multimedia complex, known as the Bundesmedienhaus, will be the source of all audio and video feeds for TV broadcast in the future, replacing the current SRG (Swiss Broadcasting Service) facilities.

The core of the new Bundesmedienhaus control room, housed in a 19th century building complex close to the parliament that is being outfitted by general contractor Thomson, is an Aurus with 32 channel strips, 80 audio channels, and 64 buses in a mainframe allowing the desk to be extended to 48 channel strips in future. A star-topology network of nine Nexus base devices and a Nexus Star is used for routing all audio signals between the plenary assembly hall, the CCR, and the control room.

The broadcast audio must be made available in multiple languages as German, Italian, French, and Rhaeto-Romanic is spoken in Switzerland. A program feed mixed from the hall microphone signals will first be created using the Aurus and commentary voice-overs in the four languages will be added to the feed later. The four commentary signals are recorded directly to the audio tracks of the cameras, thus ensuring audio/video synchronicity during subsequent mixdown.

"Using the XSDI board in the Nexus allows for de-embedding the audio from the video stream, processing it, and re-embedding it to the video--without any latency. The ability of acting as de-embedder and embedder simultaneously and in real-time is one of the major benefits of the XSDI board," said the Mediagroup managing engineer in charge of the project, Sebastian Schmidt.

The installation at the Bundesmedienhaus in Bern is the fourth large-scale order from Switzerland for the Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup within a year.

Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup
www.stagetec.com