Tonmeistertagung in Cologne, November 2016: Stage Tec not only has large-scale equipment such as audio mixing consoles and routing systems in its portfolio, it also offers a technology that is celebrating a spectacular milestone. The patented TrueMatch® technology is now in use as an analogue frontend in the NEXUS audio routing system in more than 100,000 channels worldwide. It is a high-end A/D converter that, for the first time ever, eliminates the need for analogue microphone preamplifiers with all their well-known shortcomings due to its outstanding dynamic range of 158 dB (A).
TrueMatch® technology makes it possible to increase the dynamic range of conventional A/D converters. Outstanding analogue circuit design and modern DSP technology combine to form the basis for a reference converter that is characterized by minimal converter errors, very low harmonic distortion, homogeneous noise spectra and substantially improved aliasing suppression. The microphone converter achieves a resolution of up to 32-bits and a dynamic range of 158 dB (A) at sampling frequencies up to 96 kHz. It guarantees precise sound reproduction.
The patented TrueMatch® converter technology has a lower digital noise floor than the thermal self-noise typical of any microphone. For the first time ever it is solely the microphone which determines the acoustic characteristics and not the converter or an analogue microphone preamplifier. TrueMatch® is therefore considered by experts to be one of the finest converters in the world.
The TrueMatch® converter is available in two versions. As an analogue front end in the NEXUS audio routing system, the Stage Tec A/D converters (XAD+, XAD) and the microphone board (XMIC+, XMAD) are equipped with TrueMatch® converters.
The second version is the self-sufficient RMC (Reference Microphone Converter). Microphones are connected directly to the RMC. It is no longer necessary to use conventional, analogue microphone amps with downstream A/D converters.
Stage Tec received the coveted Emmy® Award for its NEXUS system in 2010, in part due to the pioneering TrueMatch® technology. The award committee emphasized the natural and faithful signal conversion from analogue into the digital domain. The Emmy® Award is the most prestigious TV award in the USA and recognizes innovative developments that have a lasting impact on television broadcasting, recording or reproduction.
Captions photo: TrueMatch® analogue frontend; TrueMatch® RMC
About Stage Tec:
An independent company based in Berlin, Germany, Stage Tec Entwicklungsgesellschaft für professionelle Audiotechnik GmbH has specialised in developing and manufacturing digital audio equipment. Its flagship products include the digital routers NEXUS and NEXUS STAR as well as the professional mixing consoles AURUS Platinum, CRESCENDO Platinum, AURATUS and ON AIR flex.
Assisted by a business partner, Stage Tec was established in 1993 by 13 engineers (nearly all of whom still work there). The company is headed by Dr. Helmut Jahne, who was one of the founding members of the Stage Tec team and who continues to drive the technological supremacy of the product lines.
A leading pioneer in the transition from analogue to digital audio technology, Stage Tec has an international reputation and raised the bar in digital audio technology with a continuous stream of developments and innovations. Today, Stage Tec offers a comprehensive range of products ranging from the smallest to the largest of mixing consoles.