Miami, FL (October 3, 2011)—CP supplied NEP with a Stagetec Aurus console and Nexus distribution system after the NFL and players reached a last-minute agreement.
The upgrade included an Aurus console for audio submixing of all field, crowd and camera mics and a Nexus system to transport all audio and control signals, including the intercom control data (RS485) and 4-wire from the truck bay to the booth and field. The Nexus also connects the trucks via fiber and MADI. Connections between the mobiles, booth and field devices are via single-strand, single-mode fiber.
The upgrade happened the last week of August at NEP's headquarters in Pittsburg, PA. The system has already been used for three NFL games, in Miami, New York and Dallas.
There are a total of seven Nexus Base devices and one Nexus Star in the system, along with a 32-fader Aurus console installed in the submix trailer. Control stations running the Nexus GUI for routing, monitoring and metering purposes sit in the main production truck, the submix truck and at the announcer booth. The Nexus not only acts as the I/O for the Aurus but in addition, it functions as a digital router, which enables any source or output to be routed to whomever needs it.
As part of the upgrade, CP has outfitted booth and field kits to include the Nexus TrueMatch Digital mic pres, which deliver 158 dB dynamic range. Kurt Heitmann, SVP of sales and marketing at CP, states, "We've been using the Nexus mic pres on several sporting events, including XGames, NBA Finals and the MLB All-Star game. The feedback from senior audio engineers has been phenomenal."