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Distributed control with Avatus

Distributed control with Avatus

Distributed control with Avatus

Described as a new mixing console format that blends the functionality of a fully IP-based large mixing console with a contemporary look and feel, Stage Tec’s Avatus surface boasts 21-inch multitouch displays, and unlike other models in the German manufacturer’s portfolio, utilises an operating philosophy that is described as being ‘less technical’. This is achieved through the use of workflow-style controls on the surface and a control surface consisting of just three panel types with no central panels. The system’s control elements and interfaces are connected through standard Ethernet, while the surface and other elements communicate via IP networks. An added benefit of this approach is that multiple users can operate a console from different locations with access to all parameters and central functions.

The Avatus concept provides more than 800 input channels and 128 sum buses. Channel formats range from mono to 7.1, and additional features include a de-esser, implemented as an audio module, loudness metering, multiband compression, and the Stage Tec automixer. Control surfaces range in size from 12 to 96 channel strips. Interconnectivity with other systems is possible via the AES70 standard.

Some new features have also been added to the manufacturer's existing models via the latest round of firmware updates. With the 4.3 software release, Stage Tec has created several new audio processing functions for its Aurus Platinum console platform. Whilst all the processing functions previously utilised continue to be available, an automixer based on gain sharing can be used on every input channel providing better overview and more flexibility in four separate groups. For scene switching in theatres, the Aurus platinum scene automation provides the configuration of crossfade curves and times for each individual channel. Loudness metering in accordance with EBU R128 is available in group channels ensuring that no channel capacity is lost, whilst all the modules in the channels remain available.

A further software release from the German manufacturer comes in the form of v5.28 for its Nexus systems. Prior to this availability, the number of Base Devices had been capped at 31, for which the audio network could manage up to 64,000 I/Os. However, by combining an enhanced number of Base Devices with the recently increased capacity of Nexus fibre-optic lines, new and existing systems can reportedly be upgraded to more than double the previous possible size. 

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