SSL C100, C200

Oct 3, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The C100™ is a small footprint, assignable console, specifically designed for on-air studio applications, such as news and sports and live-to-tape talk and game shows, while the new C200™ Digital Production Console is a compact in-line digital mixing console designed for multibus production for surround television and DVD-Audio music applications.

At the heart of the new C100 is SSL’s Centuri™ processing technology, which features fault tolerance, self-healing DSP, hot-swappable components, rapid boot times and remote diagnostics. It contains all audio and control processing, I/O options and GPIO interfacing within a single, robust 15U rack-mounted processor core.

The C100’s compact control surface presents operators with immediate access to all channel controls through the Master Channel, with options to define additional “soft” controls according to the input source; for example, providing dedicated access to mic gain for a live mic source, or stereo balance trim on a VTR return. In addition, the Master Channel provides a full set of dedicated controls per channel bay. Channels may be defined as mono, stereo or 5.1, with single-fader control, and the layout of sources on the console may be altered quickly and simply while on-air. Channel layouts may also be created with the C100’s offline configuration utility. The dedicated layout of the Master Channel has controls for EQ, dynamics, auxes etc.

The C100 contains several new and innovative broadcast features. “Control Linking” allows a range of configuration functions to be linked to a specific input or output, such as Fader Start GPIs to Cart machines.

TFT screens are used for channel metering and status information, while a central TFT touchscreen displays the signal level and status of all mix buses. New fader cassettes incorporate a signal-level indicator in addition to grouping display. These faders also have buttons to control protection of the channel and to enable or override any GPI control.

Audio follow video (AFV) functionality is included as standard, allowing the console to be controlled from an external source.

The C100 may be configured for 32, 64, 96 or 128 fully featured input channels. Dedicated N-1 bus, two program buses, eight group, 24 utility and 24 auxiliary buses are provided, with per-channel direct/N-1 and utility outputs.

The C100 handles remote mic sources with separate purpose-designed C-SB Stagebox units using multimode fiber connections up to 500 meters from the processor core. Up to 48 remote-controlled mic inputs fit into a single fan-less 14U high chassis. Features include a low-level buffered output per channel, over 90 dB of gain with click-free gain steps, and four DACs and GPIOs for communication feeds and signaling back to the stage. PSU redundancy comes as standard with options for redundant fiber links as required.

The C200 provides the latest adaptation of SSL’s in-line console heritage with a dedicated “knob-per-function” control surface. The C200 is suitable for creative mixing applications, such as music or entertainment, where “hands-on” access to a large numbers of controls is essential. A special “mobile” configuration is also available, which offers up to 48 inline channel strips (105 faders) that can be fitted across the width of any standard mobile by fitting a single bay center section.

Based on entirely new processing technology, the C200 operates at 48 kHz or 96 kHz, and retains all of its busing capability at both sample frequencies. The C200’s new processing also provides security benefits, such as self-healing DSP.

For demanding mix sessions, the C200 incorporates all of the automation benefits of the company’s MT and MT Plus consoles, as well as new capabilities such as integrated DAW control, scalable DSP, and complete layer and signal-path metering. Additional features include completely automated processing, offline mix editing and online mix compare. In broadcast production, features include Status Lock, Backstop PFL and self-healing DSP.

The console emulates an in-line approach, with two banks of dedicated small and large faders providing simultaneous access to large amounts of mix inputs. On the C200, the Centuri processor provides options for 64, 128 or 192 signal paths, with up to 12 programmable main and group outputs, 48 utility buses, 96 direct outputs, 12 auxiliary buses and 12 stereo direct inputs. The C200’s 12 main mix buses can provide multiple 5.1 and/or stereo groups, and full stereo or 5.1 monitoring facilities are also included. Combined with the ability to configure channel strips for mono or stereo operation at any physical position, the console provides mono, stereo and 5.1 flexibility.

The C200 also relies on SSL’s Centuri processing platform, which is optimized for DVD-Audio performance. The C200’s Centuri processing technology is also 192kHz-enabled.

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