Berlin, Germany (November 7, 2017)—Marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Luther, a massive pop oratorio about the event toured Germany, with the last of 12 performances taking place on October 31 at Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz-Arena with more than 11,000 spectators and a newly formed 4,000-singer choir. Berlin manufacturer Stage Tec was a sponsor of the entire tour, and providing three mixing consoles for the show.
At each stop on the tour, load-in, soundcheck and rehearsals had to be compressed into a day and a half before the show. For each show, a Stage Tec Nexus audio network with up to 11 Base Devices was set up and connected via fiber optic cables. The two FOH consoles were also connected without a hitch. A 32-fader Aurus platinum mixed all the music—the choir, orchestra, effects and band—while the second FOH Aurus platinum with 16 faders mixed the soloists exclusively. Most mixing was done live, making each performance something of a premiere. The choir monitor mix was accomplished on the third desk, Stage Tec’s 16-fader Auratus.
“I was thrilled when Stage Tec accepted, and not just because of the project’s monumental scope but also because having their equipment substantially enhanced the quality of the entire event”, said Carsten Kümmel, the project’s leading sound engineer. “The Aurus desks came equipped with more than enough DSP power to handle the massive number of inputs and outputs without us getting lost in the dizzying number of cross points and mixing channels.”
Featuring 4,000 singers, the choir at the finale in Berlin was the largest of the entire tour. Nearly 60 microphones in the choir and 76 mixing channels were needed to record their voices, which in turn necessitated a larger mixing console, an Aurus platinum with 48 faders.