Berlin, Germany (November 4, 2005)–Early in 2006, an HDTV-enabled O.B. truck with 24 cameras is to become the flagship of the TopVision fleet. For the second time, the German outside broadcasting expert has opted for digital audio technology by Stagetec to equip one of its O.B. trucks. BFE Studio Und Medien Systeme GmbH from Mainz acts as general contractor.
According to the managing director of TopVision, Achim Jendges, the demands on audio technology in the age of HDTV are “optimum functionality and flexibility at outstanding audio quality.” Consequently, TopVision has decided for using what Jendges calls the “maximum equipment” in the audio control room of the new truck: an Aurus comprising seven DSP boards and more than 200 audio channels accommodated in a space-saving mainframe with 48 faders plus an amazingly large Nexus network.
Thanks to its DSP resources, the Aurus has sufficient reserves, for example, for making multichannel mixes (up to 7.1) of lavish music and show productions. For that purpose, altogether three monitoring stations in the audio and video control rooms are 7.1-ready. The audio control room also includes an innovation just introduced at the IBC 2005: The link to the intercom system is established via the new integrated intercom interface of the AURUS; a separate subscriber unit is not required.
The Nexus audio network is remarkably powerful for an O.B. truck system: 16 Nexus base devices and a Nexus Star router provide 1,776 x 1,732 I/Os. This includes 208 microphone inputs, all of which are equipped with Stagetec 28-bit TrueMatch converters. Nine stationary base devices network the audio and video control rooms and the recording facilities; the remaining seven Nexus base devices are for mobile use and can be placed where required.
Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup