NEXUS Brings Sound to NBA Playoffs
The NEXUS Truematch digital microphone preamplifiers was used by several of the mixers and their audio crews during the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Finals.
“With Oprah (Winfrey) holding her last shows there between Game 1 and 2, we had to be able to set, strike and set again in record time, says Dave Grundtvig, who was using the NEXUS preamps mainly due to the fiber connectivity as his team was tasked with the challenge of setting up in record time at the United Center in Chicago. “Not only did the NEXUS save us time, but when we turned on the mics, they made us feel that we were in the Arena rather than across the street.”
In Oklahoma City, Jonathan Freed was not only using the digital mic pres but also the AES42 Digital Microphone interface card. The NEXUS XER-M card accepts direct input from digital microphones from Neumann and Sennheiser, and runs them on fiber back to the OB compound and lets him have control of the microphone settings through the NEXUS GUI.
“Not only do the Truematch microphone mic pres enhance the dynamics of the game, but having the ability to control my settings for my digital mics that I use for crowd and effects from the NEXUS GUI is a big bonus,” says Freed. “I have been using the NEXUS on both NFL and NBA games for the last six months and people have been commenting on the how clean and transparant sound that the NEXUS provides. With most fiber systems you have to take the time to set the pads and the input gains to optimize the signal to noise. With NEXUS, you can truly plug and play and the sound is just so much better from the get go.”
In addition to both Conference Finals, the NEXUS router is being supplied by CP Communications for ESPN/ABC during the NBA finals.