David Holmes joins Stagetec Mediagroup Australia this week as Sales Manager Australia, New Zealand. David has over 30 years experience in Professional Audio and Broadcast and brings a wealth of knowledge to the position.
David had this to say about his new role. ‘I am looking forward to the challenge of developing and promoting the fantastic range of products Mediagroup offers our customers. They are some of the most technologically advanced audio systems in the world; that offer the customer more power and infinite flexibility to achieve their desired outcomes, from small spaces and on air facilities to nation-wide solutions.’
David is based in Sydney and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0439 734 646. We welcome David on board and know his immense talents will be fully utilised in the new role.
Delec’s oratis commentary system can be set up to accommodate up to 350 commentator terminals on a network — each allowing up to three commentators.
User-friendly commentator terminals are connected directly to a premium audio router which also acts as an I/O matrix. The components of the system are networked over standard Gigabit Ethernet cabling with redundancy built-in and can also be integrated into existing network infrastructure.
Another fantastic feature of this commentary system is that by adding a Dante Card to the MF4 Frame, the entire system gains access to and from all Dante devices. With the additional bandwidth across the commentary panel’s fibre, it is possible to tunnel Dante to devices located with the commentators without the need for any further equipment.
Be it a commentator terminal or a full matrix frame — each module can be replaced or even added during operation. This allows for system extensions and full reconfiguration without the need for a reboot. Even very large oratis systems such as installations for international sport events remain flexible, versatile, and maintainable. More on Delec’s oratis commentary system.
Delec Live View is a system monitoring web service for oratis intercom and oratis compact intercom systems.
By simply logging onto the web service, users are able to monitor the basic system information for each interface card in a modular oratis MF4 frame or an oratis compact frame. Available information includes; IP address, uptime, temperature and firmware version. In addition, information about the current audio routes for each port can also be accessed.
The user-friendly side menu allows easy access to all other interface cards in the frame. The web service can be accessed with any type of browser on a PC and is also optimized for mobile devices. More on oratis intercom products.
Stagetec Mediagroup Australia is very excited to announce that we are now the Dan Dugan Sound Design dealer for the Australian market.
Dan Dugan has been involved in the professional audio industry for 40 years and his experience and passion for the industry has resulted in his range of automatic microphone mixer products being some of the best in the business.
Dan Dugan Sound Design has just released a 64 Channel Dante Auto-Mixer and a 64 Channel MADI Enabled Auto-Mixer. Both models offer all Dugan algorithms Speech System, Music System, and Gain Limiting. With a huge range of applications, such as, wireless mics for theatre, video trucks and boardrooms, these products are an exciting addition to the Stagetec Mediagroup Australia range.
Please contact Stagetec Mediagroup Australia for further information on Dan Dugan Sound Design products. We have systems on hand, so give us a call to organise a demonstration of these sensational products. Learn More
Over the past ten years, the BBC in London has completely redeveloped Broadcasting House, bringing together its Radio and TV News, Domestic Radio, World and Online services into one headquarters. The 1930s art-deco building in Portland Place W1 is now an amazing centre dedicated to broadcasting to audiences across the UK and the world.
Delec has worked with the BBC on both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of this redevelopment. This has resulted in one of the largest intercom systems in the world, with room to expand to cover greater needs in the future. During Phase 2, the system was increased from 2552 to 4992 bi-directional ports. As a consequence, the expanded system incorporates a 3072 x 3072 central router cluster that can accommodate further expansion to 4096 x 4096 ports if required.
The backbone of the entire system is Delec’s R4000 routers; there are eight routers in total in the system. The system requires four routers to create 4096 x 4096 ports and another four to have redundancy built in. The project also involved an enormous 47 frames and 486 panels.
The routers connect to a number of intercom frames via standard Ethernet links, which also allow the seamless connection of remote sites to the Broadcasting House intercom, with access to the full facilities and quality of the host system. One of the frames is even at the other end of the city, remote connected by a managed Layer 2 Ethernet connection.
The Broadcasting House redevelopment happened in stages, so Delec intercom’s unique ability to operate separate areas autonomously, was essential to ensure each area could be installed, tested and connected to the routers without disturbing the operation of any other part of the system. Creating these operational islands allows each area’s talkback and intercom to be managed locally and efficiently uses the valuable central router capacity.
Concurrently, Delec, a member of the Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup, also worked with the BBC on the intercom system for BBC Manchester. This project, with 6 routers and 15 frames, is only slightly smaller than the BBC London intercom system.
Turner Studios, based in Atlanta, GA, has selected DELEC to replace its aging intercom system with new technology. As the broadcast production division of Turner Entertainment Group, Turner Studios provides turnkey services for film, video, and audio production for all of the Turner Entertainment Networks. Turner Studios’ new DELEC intercom system will effectively tie together the multitude of studios and offices at the sprawling facility to streamline workflow and enhance communication.
DELEC will deliver a state-of-the-art 2,048-port intercom system comprised of 140 intercom panels. All 140 panels will incorporate redundant Dante audio-over-IP connectivity – a unique feature only DELEC can provide. The DELEC Dante interface supports 64 bidirectional audio channels or up to 32 DELEC Intercom Panels (or any combination of audio signals and Intercom Panels). Providing redundancy on all Dante devices, DELEC offers the first highly available audio-over-IP intercom solution.
The DELEC intercom system to be deployed at Turner Studios also includes 7 MADI interfaces to connect to the facility’s existing audio network. Further, the system will include a 128-line PBX-Gateway and several analogue 4 wires for 3rd party integration.
Arnie Toshner, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for SALZBRENNER STAGETEC MEDIAGROUP, commented on Turner Studios’ selection of the new DELEC intercom panels, ‘We are both honoured and delighted that Turner Studios has chosen DELEC intercom technology for their in-house communication. The new DELEC intercom panels will bring Dante interactivity and single cable connectivity convenience to Turner Studios’ production facility and, in the process, provide a new level of communication that, we’re confident, will enhance the ability of the staff to work more efficiently.’
Deployment of the new DELEC intercom system is expected to be completed by October 2015.
From left to right: Kevin Shorter (Turner Studios VP of Engineering), Arnie Toshner (VP Sales & Marketing, Salzbrenner Stagetec Media Group), Craig Heyl (Sr. VP Turner Studios), and Jürgen Sebastian Diniz Malleck (DELEC International Sales Manager).
About the DELEC Intercom System with Dante Technology
The DELEC intercom panels equipped with Dante audio-over-IP connectivity are available in three panel sizes: two 19-inch rack units, with 12 or 16 keys, and a 16-key desktop panel. DELEC’s Dante capability reduces the challenges of addressing audio requirements in an ever changing transmission environment with interconnecting studios and control rooms. All three models come with Dante Primary and Secondary ports for fully redundant operation. These ports can also be used to daisy chain several panels and reduce cabling requirements. As a result, these new intercom panels are not only perfect for broadcast and production environments but also for any application that requires long cable runs. Learn more
SMPTE 2015 lived up to the hype once again and was a huge success! Large crowds attended and were treated to displays of leading edge products and creative new ideas.
The STAGETEC MEDIAGROUP stand was buzzing as we introduced a range of new and updated products to the Australian market;
ON AIR flex is an individual broadcast mixing console with a three-part design; its audio processing, user interface elements and control intelligence features are completely separate components. Some of the benefits of the ON AIR flex include; the entire system can be controlled through a virtual user interface on a PC or tablet, it is fully integrated into NEXUS and the system has intuitive operation for users with any level of experience. More
STAGETEC CRESCENDO Platinum
The CRESCENDO Platinum offers new 4.0 firmware that introduces system-based A/B switching at channel strip input level and a host of substantial performance improvements. The overall system performance is more powerful; thanks to the integration of the ROSS control protocol and a revised scene automation system. More
Salzbrenner Polaris Evolution
The first fully personalised network mixing console, Polaris Evolution introduces true multi-user capability; it is highly configurable and scalable as well as offering the integration of IP networking. Its individual components are connected via a standard Ethernet network and can be set up to work with each other for every mixing project. More
DELEC unito Range
The unito family of products comprises of a number of task-specific, powerful devices for the integration of traditional audio gear into Dante audio networks. More
DELEC RIF 1 and 2
The combination of DELEC’s oratis components and Kenwood’s NEXEDG radio systems form a unique and versatile communication system. It allows individual addressing of every communication member from either side. More
We also showcased the Dataminer Multi Vendor NMS, which is supported in Australia by STAGETEC. A big thank you to everyone who came for a look at our stand! Don’t forget if you would like further demonstrations or a trial of any equipment to contact our head office in Sydney so this can be arranged.
With over 50 years experience in both small and large venues, SALZBRENNER STAGETEC MEDIAGROUP has come to be considered a leading system integrator for turnkey solutions all over the world. Its services include consulting and planning activities, system installation and delivery and, as a matter of course, providing support. The company’s track record includes such venues as; Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow), Zurich Opera House, Dutch National Opera, Baku Drama Theatre (Azerbaijan), Vienna’s State Opera, Volkstheater and State Theatre, Munich’s Kammerspiele and State Opera, the State Theatres in Wiesbaden, Darmstadt and Kassel, Bonn Opera, Münster Theatre, Hamburg’s State Opera and Semperoper in Dresden.
“Some people think that successfully equipping a venue with audio, video or stage management gear simply means installing a product, but that is not even the tip of the iceberg,” says audio expert Joachim Lindemann, who has been planning and implementing projects for SALZBRENNER STAGETEC Audio Video Mediensysteme GmbH for over 20 years. He specialises in refurbishing theatre venues.
Consultancy and Planning are at the Heart of the MEDIAGROUP
As each venue, and indeed every stage, presents its own set of challenges and specific needs, pinpointing the client’s requirements and coordinating with planners is the key to providing solutions that work.
The project engineers at STAGETEC MEDIAGROUP not only keep up-to-date with the latest trends in audio, video and media technology, but also develop tailor-made audio and video solutions and provide support to the client. The team’s international experience is highly sought after and often cited as the deciding factor for awarding a project.
No Two Venues Are Alike
With each project being a one-of-a-kind venture, custom-made solutions are the norm. This may include designing new gear or adapting existing solutions to the tasks at hand by customising them. The company’s internal precision engineering department allows for the timely delivery of cutting-edge devices developed for specific applications.
After hundreds of prestigious projects all over the world, the team’s creativity regarding planning and implementing theatre and opera projects is second to none. Unlike off-the-shelf products with a one-size-fits-all feature set, the MEDIAGROUP’s system integration department develops specialist solutions for theatre applications. The MEDIAGROUP’s engineers go out of their way to provide their clients with exactly what they need.
Service and Customer Satisfaction
Not content with simply providing customised products, SALZBRENNER STAGETEC MEDIAGROUP’s system integration division also excels at providing expert support for its projects. Initial commissioning is usually followed by hands-on training sessions and on-site support during the first few productions. And there is more; service packages, such as remote maintenance or a 24/7 on-call service, ensure that unexpected hitches can be solved in a matter of hours.
Bruno Kolvenbach, sound engineer for the Münster Theatre, subscribed to this service years ago and is delighted: “The MEDIAGROUP’s service is one of the big reasons why we have been working with them for such a long time.”
Karl-Walter Heyer, sound engineer at the Kassel State Theatre, concurs: “In the last few years, all transformations had to be carried out during summer breaks, which required timely delivery.The MEDIAGROUP has provided me with reliable broadcast quality and perfect redundancy scenarios.” With regards to the MEDIAGROUP team he says: “All team members proved to be experts who found solutions for even our most unusual requests. Thanks to their experience and informed advice, most of our projects turned out even better than we could have hoped for.”
Cutting-Edge Technology, Reliable Products
The professional audio, video and media systems installed by the systems integration division may comprise of MEDIAGROUP products, products from partners with equally high standards, as well as custom-built elements, which are individually developed, manufactured and installed.
From a compact intercom matrix, to wireless, two-wire/party line technology and stage management systems, to networked, flexible audio routing and mixing systems – opera houses and theatres can choose from a host of solutions for their communication systems, irrespective of the requested size.
For more information on the huge range of STAGETEC MEDIAGROUP products and services and our areas of expertise, please contact STAGETEC MEDIAGROUP Australia's head office in Sydney.
Currently playing at Broadway's beautifully restored Lyric Theatre, in the heart of Times Square, On the Town tells the story of three wide-eyed sailors on a whirlwind musical tour of the city that never sleeps. The show is fun, it exudes energy and to ensure that both vocal and instrumental performances are their very best, On the Town is mixed on an AURUS digital console with signal management handled by NEXUS and NEXUS Star routers from SALZBRENNER STAGETEC MEDIAGROUP.
Yonkers, NY-based Sound Associates, Inc., a design/build provider of professional audio and video systems for a wide range of applications, coordinated the rental of the STAGETEC equipment for On the Town. Greg Reif, Project Supervisor at Sound Associates, oversees all production system builds and facilitates stock and purchasing for all shows. Patrick Pummill, Production Sound Engineer for On the Town sat down with Greg to discuss the placement of the STAGETEC equipment and how it was implemented for use with On the Town.
“We took delivery of our STAGETEC equipment in early August,” Reif reports. “Being that the AURUS console’s primary use will be in Broadway theatres for mixing live Broadway musicals, it was critically important that the board be intuitive, fast, and reliable because an operator/engineer on this type of project doesn’t have a spare moment to hunt for a control or contend with several button presses just to get to that control. Any time spent thinking about how to get to a necessary EQ setting or Gain setting is time not spent on the mix – potentially leading to missed line pick-ups.”
“And speaking of controls,” Pummill continues, “the encoders on the AURUS are extremely accurate and pleasing to use. The indented rotary encoders allow for exacting, tiny adjustments as well as large sweeping changes. One single click changes the value by one step. Conversely, a faster spin changes the value by a much larger degree. This behaviour is very natural and, because of this, adjustments become second nature very quickly. This same design approach can be said of the faders as well. The fader is the most used encoder on the desk, and it is clear that STAGETEC‘s design team put the same enormous amount of thought into this behaviour as well. Mixing a musical requires many tiny adjustments. The faders are constantly moving, so the 1/4 dB step over the entire range of the fader is no small accomplishment.”
Pummill has also been impressed with the AURUS console’s ability to adapt to the nature of any given project. “As this console will be used for many musicals in different theatres over its lifetime, its high level of customisation – like the ability to change the board’s channel layout or bussing structure – will prove to be an invaluable asset. Different sound designers and engineers have different workflows and preferences. In this regard, the AURUS is very adaptable and this attribute really sets it apart in the crowded market for mixing consoles.”
STAGETEC NEXUS and NEXUS Star routers are handling signal management at the theatre. Here, too, Pummill has been very impressed with the equipment’s performance. “We use fibre to connect the three base devices to the Star Router and fibre also connects the AURUS to its controller cards in the Star Router,” he explained. “This has significantly reduced the amount of copper wire that has to be fished through crawl spaces, catwalks, and plenums. A small run of fibre has replaced a three to four inch bundle of multi-core snakes. In addition, the NEXUS design allows any input to patch to any output anywhere in the system, regardless of which base device they are on, meaning that an audio tech working backstage can quickly and easily monitor any input in the system. This approach also enables the physical microphone inputs to be closer to the sound sources – like you would have in an orchestra pit.”
The show’s RF monitor system is also heavily influenced by STAGETEC engineering. “STAGETEC created a rack mounted listening station for monitoring the thirty wireless mics used on the show,” says Reif. “It’s basically a 3RU unit that contains several rows of illuminated buttons as well as a headphone amplifier. Using the Logic functions built into the NEXUS – along with an XRI card – we’re able to program each button to patch one of the wireless mic inputs to an output on the headphone amplifier. This gives the technician responsible for maintaining the wireless mics the ability to instantaneously listen to each of the actors without disturbing the mixer out front. It’s kind of like having an outboard PFL of the console.”
Before turning his attention to other business, Pummill offered these parting thoughts on his STAGETEC experience, “The physical layout of the AURUS is very similar to most large format analogue consoles, so when one walks up to the desk for the first time, there is an immediate familiarity that is comforting. This type of intuitive design, combined with STAGETEC’s responsive and thorough support, makes working with the equipment that much more assuring. Sound for musical theatre is a world of almost infinite variables. Having the NEXUS and AURUS in the mix eliminates so many of those variables that we are better able to focus on the music, and that’s what it’s ultimately all about.”
DELEC’s range of IP66 rated products are leading edge advancements that allow Dante to be used outdoors or in harsh environments.
- Train Stations
- Open Public Spaces
- Cruise Ships and Yachts.
DELEC’s NAM 60x series is capable of providing 4 amplifier channels with up to 24 Watts per channel.
The NAM routes the audio taken from the Dante network right to each individual speaker. The IP connectivity (using Dante) allows for complete control and monitoring of the system in a multitude of applications. To allow further control and flexibility, the systems have built in delay and can also be used in time aligned installations.
The DIO is also available in an IP 66 version allowing integration of analogue, AES and even 100/70 Volt Systems outdoors. DIO offers a 2 port Ethernet switch (1x 1Gb Copper and 1x SFP cage – allowing for various fibre or copper connections) and much more. It is powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet) or runs via an external PSU and redundancy is provided between both power sources.
For fully customised outdoor audio, PA and broadcast systems, STAGETEC MEDIAGROUP Australia has a solution and an experienced team of engineers ready to make it work! Contact our Australian head office for more details.