SSL announces new compact audio console at IBC 2017


Solid State Logic has announced System T – S300, a new compact
broadcast console that offers an outstanding combination of performance and value
for a wide range of broadcast installations and OB vehicles.
The new S300 is a fixed layout compact control surface that can be combined with the
complete portfolio of SSL’s ground-breaking System T network objects: Consoles,
remote tiles, touchscreen interfaces, Tempest Processing Engines, remote PC software
and Network I/O. It can be specified as part of a larger System T installation or in
stand-alone configurations for smaller broadcast facilities or OB vehicles. S300
presents the extraordinary power and versatility of System T in a streamlined console
layout that remains intuitive for operators with a wide range of skill levels.

S300 comes in 2 versions: 16+1 faders and 32+1 faders. S300 can connect to either
a Tempest T25 (256 paths @ 48kHz) or a T80 (800 paths @ 48kHz) Processor Engine
and runs the same software as the larger S500 surface and TCR (Tempest Control

System T is the world’s first dedicated live-to-air broadcast audio production system
to be entirely IP based. System T uses AoIP as its core, not simply as an edge
connection to the console’s audio infrastructure. Tempest Processing Engines include
direct AoIP interfaces allowing commercial off the shelf switching infrastructure to
replace the requirement for expensive proprietary audio routing hardware. Universal
AoIP connections reduce the overall system design cost and improve redundancy
topologies, peripheral devices with IP connections do not require traditional audio
converter connections. AoIP connections for Tempest Engines and all Network I/O
devices are capable of Dante, AES67 and SMPTE 2110-30 using the same hardware.

System T S300 includes a fully integrated Dante control API, providing arbitrated
audio and control resource sharing for SSL’s Network I/O range across SSL’s Tempest
platform based consoles; S500, S300, TCR and SSL Live (L500 Plus, L300 and L200).
With the availability of over a 1000 Dante devices, from upwards of 350
manufacturers, System T control surfaces are a direct routing controller to extremely
large, multi-manufacturer based AoIP routing systems. No additional software or
hardware is required and routing control is directly from the console GUI or software
instances of the console control software (T-SOLSA) running on standard PCs
remotely connected to the main surface. System T’s underlying software and network
infrastructure provide a standard-agnostic platform that can easily be updated to
include emerging broadcast and media IP standards as they are ratified and
complement broadcasters’ workflows.

Complete showfile compatibility between all System T consoles and controllers means
production can easily move between control rooms within a facility, or an S300 can
very easily be used as a backup surface to a larger S500. Where processing engines
are of different sizes SSL’s unique compatibility mode allows the pre selection of
channel, busses and effects resources that will be inactive on the smaller processing
engine. Settings from the larger device are never lost and resources can be
reassigned at any point during the show, even with audio passing.

System T has SSL’s renowned pristine audio quality and a comprehensive array of
processing options ensuring the tools for even the most demanding production or
music mix are available. There are up to eight Dialogue auto mixers and two
Dynamics sections per path; including compressors, oversampled true peak limiters,
gates, expanders and de-essers. Full processing capabilities on all channels and
busses provide complete flexibility. An additional effects rack provides multiple
reverbs, dynamic EQ, noise reduction, signal generators, summing tools, upmixers,
downmixers and of course SSL’s bus compressor as standard, no external devices or
audio connections are required. These inbuilt effects allow near zero latency, direct
control and full recallability with the console showfile system. When applied to a path
insert the effect automatically appears in the path GUI providing a logical workflow
and intuitive user interface.

System T is designed for integration. Beyond the unparalleled number of 3rd party
AoIP Dante devices that can be directly routing controlled from the console software,
S300, S500 and TCR can be controlled by Production Automation packages (Ross
Overdrive, GV Ignite, Sony ELC or Vizrt Mosart). System T’s fully programmable
Events Manager feature provides extensive and customisable GPIO and macro
programming. From simple fader starts and AFV functions to multi source macro
programming, events programming can be tailored to suit each production and
managed directly from the console GUI.

S300 is a no compromises compact surface providing all the power and features of
SSL’s flagship System T environment, resulting in an unparalleled feature set at this
price point.