When Aida, the Musical by Elton John and Tim Rice starts its tour through the German-language regions, it will be supported by an Aurus console. “We were thrilled to learn that Aurus was selected as the heart of the sound system for this prestigious project, commented Stephan Salzbrenner, one of Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup’s managing directors. “It proofs one more time how ideal the desk suits into live applications.”
At the moment, the props, set, lighting and P.A. system are prepared for the rough touring life. To this end, Stage Entertainment, the producer of the musical’s German version, rented a huge TV studio for rehearsals in Köln, Germany. All gear is being installed in huge racks, while the sets, lighting rigs and trussing are adapted to fit into the various venues. “It took me a mere two hours to install Aurus and the associated Nexus base devices, and have the system up and running,” says Christian Fuchs, the project leader assigned by Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup.
Says Fuchs, “At first sight, Aurus shows striking similarities with a well-thought-out analog console and, of course, it offers its excellent sound quality and a complete automation of all parameters.”
In addition to Aurus, Nexus Star and one Nexus base device in the effects rack next to the console in the hall, three Nexus base devices will be used. One is located in the rack for the 28 wireless channels of the actors’ microphones and will be used as a stage box for 32 analog inputs and eight analog outs. Another base device, fitted with 48 TrueMatch microphone inputs and 24 analog outputs for in-ear monitoring, will be installed close to the orchestra. Another Nexus station will drive the mainly active speaker and is located in the sound system’s distribution rack. With a view to keeping cable connections inside the racks simple, compact and transparent, D-Sub connectors are used for all I/Os, except the microphone inputs.
For Aida, the Musical, the data signals for power amp control also goes via Nexus from the laptop installed next to the console all the way to the power amp racks close to the stage.
For more information, please visit www.stage-entertainment.de.