Buttenheim, Germany (May 20, 2011)--A total of four Stagetec Aurus consoles handled the broadcast audio at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.
As the "official supplier" and partner of German public broadcaster NDR, Stagetec provided all the mixing consoles used to broadcast this year's contest, according to Dr. Klaus-Peter Scholz, managing director of Stagetec Berlin. The contest final was held May 15 at Dusseldorf Arena in Germany. Ell/Nikki from Azerbaijan won the most votes from the juries of the 43 countries taking part.
Four Aurus consoles with 48 faders and a full complement of DSP were on site; three in mobile control rooms that NDR set up on the Esprit Arena campus, and the fourth in one of NDR's HD outside broadcast trucks. Two of the four sound control rooms undertook all mixing of the broadcast sound, the first handling the music mix and passing its output to the second, which produced the international sound feed. The third and fourth sound control rooms were available purely as backups.
Each control room had its own Nexus network to allow it to operate independently of the other Nexus networks. However, the four Nexus systems also exchanged their audio data via MADI to form a single audio network for the entire TV compound. "The whole installation was planned for maximum reliability by NDR," commented Dr. Scholz.
The sound feed was produced in 5.1 and stereo simultaneously. The signals from the broadcast center reached more than 120 million spectators across Europe via more than 40 networks.