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Stagetec Nexus at the NBA Finals, Part 2

Oct 11, 2011 12:59 PM, With Bennett Liles

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And on the TrueMatch digital mic pres we were talking about in Part 1, each one is handling a lot of outgoing signals. How does that work? Who has the ultimate control over it in a multi-feed situation like this?
Well it's funny, with the GUI control you can set up a hierarchy so you tell us how would like it to happen, and typically it's a sub mix that takes over the control of the mic pres in a broadcast like this because the main production truck is looking after everything else that's going on right and especially dedicated onto the announcers. But you can have multiple areas of control that's totally up to the operators to decide—or the team that's going to be doing it. But as I said before you can have up to four splits of the same mic source so production can have a totally different mic gain structure than the sub mix so that flexibility is built into the system and that's just something that everybody needs to decide for themselves. I guess as we move more and more into the digital realm and people...this isn't anything new to them, having to deal with who has got control over the mic pres. What maybe here is new is that you don't need a passive or active splitter. This is built into the Nexus so it's still the same unit. Its one LXR connection and pumping out of the other side are four independent outputs of that same microphone. [Timestamp: 7:5]

And when you sort of ran the tests on this to see if it was going to stand up to a real world remote broadcast did you actually put it through any power loss things? How long does it take to come back up if that were to happen?
When you're showing people how this all works they're always interested to see what happens. The Nexus-based unit—we're talking a couple of seconds really before she's up and running again. The other thing, I think, when you're looking at routers and stuff like that, so if you lose fiber connectivity or anything like that, I like to show the A2's that if this accidentally pulls out A, you have a redundant run. But just check out how quickly she locks and she locks in about five seconds to the mainframe and then all communication is there, right so it's nice. The redundancy, I really have to take my hat off to the engineers at Stagetec—they really have this thing planned through and this is what we do—we do live theater and broadcasts. This is the only market truly that we live in and it's 24/7. The equipment just needs to be running and everything else needs to be built in. So that you need to be able to come back when she's turned on—comes back to the same state as it was before, anything like that. So I'm proud to be part of a team that really takes this seriously and looks at tests and different areas and we've benefitted from many years of being in this area. Again, here in the U.S., I guess people aren't that familiar with us, but we're certainly getting there. And this with the NBA Finals, we're quite proud because it was a test bed for other remote venues and we just finished installing the Monday Night Football systems and that's going to go rolling out this week so the first game's going to be in Miami where the Nexus is going to be a part of it. So every Monday Night Football Game for the rest of the season's going to be on a Nexus system and RS digital console. [Timestamp: 9:58]

Alright, straight from NBA to NFL.
Yeah, I always wondered why those NFL football trucks were always at the NBA Finals but... [Timestamp: 10:07]

Well, you've already put it through its paces on that and I don't think there's any more brutal environment on hardware and crew than doing sports remotes.
Yeah, they really need 150 percent out of the equipment and the people that come and handle that—there's some great guys that are out in the field doing this. They demand the best and we're here trying to give them the best. It's great to be recognized as having really sound equipment that's quite easy to set up and is alleviating some of the stuff that they normally had to worry about. There's no more tweaking from the front ends to get this to work and if she shines up and is connected by fiber you're basically good to go. And now we're just people getting confidence and using the system more and more and understanding the way that it works. You don't have to worry about tweaking it—she's tweaked already to the most optimal moment and she can. You can set it up any way you want. If your gain structure—obviously that's still something that everybody's still going to be doing their own way but in terms of having a complete network set up there and having it managed and properly looked after, the Nexus really does get into the thick of it and can really make your life simpler on a remote and facility-wise. It's just amazing how long it takes to bring it in front of people and I'm just glad that we were given the opportunity to do so and that we're now seeing some success and we're proud to be part of the remote business really. [Timestamp: 11:53]

Alright, Rusty Waite with Stagetec USA and the Nexus network and the NBA Finals handling audio and communications and thanks a lot for being with us to tell us how it all happened there.

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