Bern, Switzerland (September 13, 2017)—The Konzert Theater Bern has been a major venue in Switzerland ever since it was built in 1903, and in 1999, it became the first venue in the country to install digital live mixing console—a pair of Stage Tec Cantus systems. After nearly two decades of service, they’ve now been retired and in their place are two Stage Tec Aurus platinum consoles and a Nexus audio network, handling the audio for opera, drama, ballet and concert performances.
The two Aurus platinum desks, each with 32 faders, are equipped with five RMDQ DSP boards; one Aurus platinum is installed in sound production on the second floor. The second console is portable and can be located in the auditorium when required, alllowing the Tonmeister to tackle the mix for musicals and concerts from the audience’s perspective.
The Nexus audio network with seven Base Devices and a Star router was replaced completely and fitted with powerful modules to accommodate current requirements. In addition to routing audio, Nexus also distributes all the monitor feeds to the various departments such as sound, lighting, stage equipment and stage management as well as the alarm in case of emergency.
“Our goal was to create a sound department that meets all the demands of our wide-ranging production repertoire, be it opera, dance, drama or musical,” said Bruno Benedetti, head of Audio Engineering at the Konzert Theater Bern. “Stage Tec was the ideal partner, because with the new Aurus consoles and the new Nexus network, we were able to modernize the existing equipment without sacrificing quality or operational reliability.”