Berlin brings in the new year with Nexo

New Year’s Eve on the Fan Meile in Berlin, Germany offers live entertainment across three stages and attracts over a million visitors, with regular audio provider Auvisign opting to use the new Nexo STM M28 modular line array for the most recent event.

Johannes Raack of Auvisign’s system design made use of the compact system to cover the 1.5km party line – long arrays of 18 STM M28 omni modules beneath three STM B112 bass cabinets formed the main PA on the principal stage. On the ground, 32 STM S118s provided the sub-bass for the modular system.

Raack was overjoyed with the system’s performance: “Without any doubt, the M28 did a great job as main PA. The variation we used showed unexpectedly high headroom in the low end; that’s remarkable for such a thin column with a total weight of less than 950kg. But what most impressed me personally was the handling of the M28 as well as the full STM system in every aspect. For instance we had some positions where it was not possible to rig the system directly below the hoist points. There were positions, such as the delay towers, where we had to place the cabinets some 1.3m out of line below the flying point – and there was no problem at all. On the main stage, we had to build up on quite a big slope – again no problem at all for the self-centring rigging system. I can’t tell you how fast and easy this system is to rig."

Using Nexo Geo S8 cabinets for centre fill and nearfill, the mainstage PA was set up on a Dante network, with a separate EtherSound network for all the delay lines. All power and processing came from Nexo’s NUARs (Universal Amp Racks) with additional NXAMP4x4s. Under the control of network operator Peter Sobisiak, the inputs for the showmixer were implemented via Yamaha AD8HR converters and Auvitran’s EtherSound mini-YGDAI cards over another EtherSound network. All the different networks were consolidated into a one gigabit network, which used fibreglass links to cover distances of up to 400m between devices, while all Dante and EtherSound networks were controlled from FOH.

On the main stage, monitor engineer Andreas Müller used Nexo PS15s as the standard wedge with Alpha cabinets for sidefill. More Alphas and dozens of PS Series cabinets could be found across the two other stages, where a combination of Nexo STM, Geo D10 and Geo S12 line array modules were used to provide main PA and delays.