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Live music mixing on Luther musical helped by Stage Tec

Pop-Oratorio tells of Luther's struggle against the authorities and the church

In the year celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Pop-Oratorio Luther show is touring Germany. A 40 piece symphony orchestra, a rock band, choirs with 3000 singers and 12 musical actors are coming together in 11 cities to perform.

Components from Stage Tec are forming a large audio network with three embedded mixing consoles.

The Oratorio is mixed by a 32 fader AURUS platinum at the FOH position. The second AURUS platinum with 16 faders, also located FOH, mixes the soloists. A NEXUS STAR, generously equipped with seven platinum DSP boards, supplies the processing for both consoles. An AURATUS with 16 faders is responsible for choir monitoring. The fourth mixing position features an SD7, supplemented by a second NEXUS STAR router. These four consoles are embedded in a large audio network with 11 NEXUS Base Devices, which provide 1500 into 1500 audio I/O.

“I’m delighted about the show’s realisation and the assistance that Stage Tec is providing. The extraordinarily versatile configuration of the eleven NEXUS Base Devices gives us maximum flexibility to adapt spontaneously to the specific circumstances of each arena,” says Carsten Kümmel, the project’s leading sound engineer. “Furthermore the NEXUS system combined with the AURUS consoles also provides the utmost freedom and options during the operation and interaction of the four mixing desks, which was simply not possible with the previous products.”

Five NEXUS Base Devices provide TrueMatch mic inputs for the large choir. Thanks to the quad split function, each mixing console can make its own preamplification adjustments at the mic without affecting the others.

“The challenge this project poses is the limited rehearsals, because there’s a new choir performing in each city”, explains Alex Nemes, head of sales at Stage Tec. “This makes it almost impossible to use scene automation. Most mixing has to be done live.”

The first performance took place in Hanover on 14 January and the grand finale will be in Berlin on 31 October, recorded by ZDF.