NHK Sapporo Installs SSL C200 Board

Dec 23, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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NHK Sapporo has become the latest facility in Japan to install Solid State Logic’s new C100 Digital Broadcast Console. The studio's 32-channel console replaces an old analog desk at the broadcaster’s largest T-1 facility in Sapporo, Hokkaido. It features 3-channel DSP cards (96 channels), 48 mic inputs, 96-channel analog line in/outs and 128 channels of digital in/out.

With digital terrestrial broadcast due to start in Japan this month, NHK Sapporo said that the C100 console will prove highly efficient for this application, as well as for surround productions. The broadcaster has already been using its new desk to produce a daily magazine program, which is broadcast live to air every weekday, and to produce two documentary programs and special programs such as general election coverage.

Tetsuo Ueno, chief engineer at NHK Sapporo, said, “The size of the console was a major consideration for us. The T-1 Sub control room is not large and after looking at a number of different desks, we chose the C100 because its 32-channel frame fitted so well into this very limited space. We also saved space in the machine room by installing SSL’s new Centuri Core processor.” Ueno added that NHK Sapporo was also impressed by the C100’s ability to offer 96-channel mixing, its cost-effectiveness and the fact that, at only 1.5KVA, it is very economical to run. “The C100 offers a number of advantages, not least that we can graphically see both dynamics and equalization. It is very flexible and easy to operate and, because it has a flexible signal router, our engineers don't need to patch regular programs, thus saving an enormous amount of time. Another advantage is the C100’s ability to mix mono, stereo, surround and down mixes. We particularly like the fact that we can control 5.1 material in both directions using either a single fader or a spread of six faders.”

For more information on the board, visit SSL at

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