Stage Tec is rejuvenating its mixing console product family and launching AVATUS, a fully IP-based console.
The AVATUS product launch was celebrated with selected customers and partners in the legendary Funkhaus on Nalepastraße in Berlin.
With AVATUS – a new mixing console interface based on IP technology – Stage Tec is relying on a completely new operating concept. Unlike previous consoles, there is no need for a centre control section. 12 colour-coded faders, two 21″ multi-touch displays, and 48 dual concentric encoders per unit can be combined to form sizes ranging from 12 to 96 faders. Modular, decentralised and yet freely configurable, users can access all parameters at any time.
The channel parameters’ colour coding guides the user through the console’s functions. On each multi-touch display, audio channels parameters can be controlled in a large detailed view and the monitoring functions or current status of audio channels can be called up.
Thanks to removable metering displays and ‘significantly reduced’ overall depth, AVATUS can also be used in smaller rooms and offers a clear view of what is happening on stage. With the remote control via an integrated browser application, the user has an additional tool, for example for setting up loudspeakers on or in front of the stage or to accompany the rehearsals directly from the auditorium. Via the RUI, the most important AVATUS parameters can be accessed with the same colour coding.
AVATUS’ audio signal processing employs an RMDQ DSP core built into the NEXUS Star Router. Embedded in the NEXUS network, AVATUS has access to all inputs and outputs and can manage all resources. 128 freely programmable summing buses and up to 800 DSP channels are available.
The scaling of the user interface has no influence on the number of channels or the functionality. In the latest release scene automation, Automixer and dynamic NEXUS labels have been implemented.
Designed for broadcast, theatre and live applications, AVATUS is already in use in the Prowa 2 and UHD1 OB vans of Swiss service provider tpc switzerland ag. Over the next few weeks, the IP console will be installed at other long-standing customers such as the Volksbühne and the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Staatstheater Mainz.