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RTS primed for Montreux Jazz Festival following major Stage Tec upgrade

Berlin-based digital audio equipment manufacturer Stage Tec is equipping RTS’ (Radio Télévision Suisse) HD1 OB Van with seven RMDQ DSP boards (Platinum DSP) ahead of this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival.

The upgrade is designed to allow RTS to work in resource intensive production formats, with 128 buses at 96 kHz. It also provides the eight-year-old AURUS mixing console with more than 800 audio channels.

The Montreux concerts will be mixed in the Montreux Jazz Lab in 24-bit resolution at 96 kHz in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound simultaneously. Last year’s trial run with Stage Tec’s audio DSP unit resulted in seven RMDQ audio processing boards being permanently installed in HD1.

‘We mix our productions in 5.1 and Stereo,” said Yves-Alain Schneider, who is responsible for the audio team as well as the equipment in the RTS OB fleet. “These configurations often require more than 200 input channels. With the Stage Tec RMDQ board this is no problem’, ‘We are updating our equipment to the latest standards in order to be able to provide the appropriate service in the future, and so we can now meet all the quality requirements for audio mixes. We know from many years’ experience that we can rely on Stage Tec.’

The Jazz Festival concerts are recorded for release on vinyl, DVD and Blu-ray, while various TV and radio stations broadcast the concerts, which can also be streamed from the website.