The Erlangen Theatre (Erlangen, Germany) recently modernized its audio technology, with a CRESCENDO-T 32-fader mixing console from Stage Tec implimented within the venue’s existing NEXUS network.
The NEXUS components of this network, some of which are 14 years old, were inspected and renewed as needed, and a Base Device and router were added. An interesting part of the revamp enables the theatre to use two PA systems in parallel: the classic and a 3D system.
Specifically, Wilhelm & Willhalm installed a 3D system from Astro Spatial Audio and distributed 70 loudspeakers over four levels in the boxes and on the balustrade in the auditorium. The system also includes the classic left, center, right and stage edge system.
Engineers can use both the classic and 3D systems simultaneously during a performance, without need for preparation or for switching. This is made possible by combining the signals from the Astro Spatial System and the direct bus outputs from CRESCENDO-T via combiners in the NEXUS system, making parallel operation possible.
“Bringing these two systems together – the classic sound system and the 3D audio system – requires a router, and NEXUS is unique in this respect,” explains Thomas Dürrbeck, project manager at Wilhelm & Willhalm. “Cooperation with Stage Tec on this project has been very close and friendly. For example, the Berliners accommodated the theatre’s requests for changes to the layout and function assignments until shortly before the mixing console was completed.”
In addition, all five screens can be switched from CRESCENDO-T to video so that it’s possible to display the outputs from PCs, stage and orchestra cameras. Erlangen is one of the first theatres to also use the Waves integration in CRESCENDO-T.
The Erlangen Theatre opted for CRESCENDO-T because it offers both snapshot and scene automation. For quick access, the console has eight custom theatre-key assignments on its surface and two additional metal buttons for Play and Previous Snapshots are located in the armrest. Other factors are its rapid start-up and short snapshot response times (recall speed of less than 10 milliseconds) as well as direct access to EQ, dynamics, AUX, etc.