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120dB lifts its limits with SSL system T

120dB Sound Engineering has launched its new ST1 Sound Truck, for broadcast and recording duties at live events, including festivals, one-off gigs, and regular eSports events. The compact, versatile vehicle is equipped with SSL’s System T broadcast production environment, including an S300 32-fader control surface, a T25 Tempest Audio Engine, and a variety of SSL Network I/O, all supplied by SSL Polish distributor, Audiotech.

Michal Mika, the owner of 120dB Sound Engineering, realised that a dedicated audio van was needed as it became apparent that demand for his company’s services was growing rapidly. 120dB’s business in eSports broadcast is strong – with regular broadcasts for Turtle Entertainment and ESL TV, and as the main audio provider for the Intel Extreme Masters Championships in Katowice. The music side is active as well, with large events such as the popular Męskie Granie Tour now part of the regular schedule. So it was logical to move from lengthy set-ups with lifted-in kit to a fully mobile solution that offers a consistent, controlled monitoring environment.

The choice of console for ST1 was informed by a number of factors, and Mika says that the Dante Audio-Over-IP networking infrastructure was one of the biggest: “I have enjoyed using Dante with other consoles and other equipment for two or three years now,” he explains. “Particularly on the eSports events… I’ve tried working on other consoles in IP environments – I don’t like the alternative IP-based systems as you have to be an IT engineer to set up connections. That’s too difficult and takes too much time for a sound engineer in a high-pressure situation.”

“Also Dante is much better value – you don’t need to add expensive audio routers and that kind of thing to get a big, flexible system.”

He also values the reputation of SSL and the confidence it inspires: “It’s easier to sell a service if we have a brand like SSL onboard,” he says. “And you have a very good distributor in Poland with Audiotech. I always go back to them.” The ST1 Sound Truck was built by Studiotech Audio Visual Engineering.

The 32+1 fader S300 control surface is a new addition to the System T range of network devices, and is a fixed-format, network-connected console with two large multi-touch screens and a smaller FX Rack viewing screen for metering tools and more.

The T25 Tempest Audio Engine uses the same patented Optimal Core Processing (OCP) software as the bigger T80 Engine and provides 256 fully processed paths that can be assigned to any available channel, group or output types available.

Local I/O in the truck includes an SSL SB8.8 Dante Analogue Stagebox and a Network I/O: MADI Bridge, and there are four SB32.24 Dante Analogue Stageboxes for stage I/O.

This set-up works well for the regular eSports work, with one box backstage for wireless mics and IEM returns, one for the Shoutcasters’ area, one for the Analysis/discussion area, and one for the production area, bringing signals from the computers and to the intercom system. It also means that 120dB has a total of 128 mic/line inputs, 96 analogue outputs, and 32 digital I/O available for more complex music events and festivals.

In action, the S300 control surface suits Mika and his engineers, simply because it can be whatever they need it to be: “The controller is fantastic for us,” he explains. “When I’m mixing I like simplicity. With the S300 you can move every channel strip wherever you want it, and the touch screens are very responsive – great for fast, responsive EQ control.”

SSL publishes ‘Lifting the veil: The science behind the SSL Sound’

SSL has published a new white paper entitled ‘Lifting the Veil: The Science Behind the SSL Sound’ – an exploration of the technology behind the legendary SSL Sound, and the answer to the question ‘Why do SSLs sound so good?’.

‘Lifting the Veil’ details the research and development that goes into SSL’s creative, benchmark products in the studio, live, and broadcast industries – from SuperAnalogueTM to the Tempest digital audio engine as used in SSL’s latest Live and System T consoles.

Antony David, managing director of Solid State Logic: “’Lifting the Veil’ is a response to a question we get asked a thousand times: ‘Why do SSL consoles sound better?’. Spoiler alert: there is no secret sauce or single special piece of technology. In truth it’s the result of an approach to design and manufacture that is deep within the DNA of the company. The article attempts to summarise how the different aspects of what we do come together to produce the magic.”

You can download the Lifting the Veil PDF here.

Solid State Logic releases DAW Control for System T

Solid State Logic (SSL) has announced the release of DAW Control for System T. SSL is at the forefront of hybrid production technology that combines DAW Control with console functionality for the recording industry. SSL’s expertise in this area brings the most comprehensive and streamlined DAW control system ever seen on a broadcast console to System T.

System T DAW Control makes best ergonomic use of the hardware controls within Fader & Master Tiles and System T’s superior multi-gesture touch screens. The DAW Control system uses a HUI implementation, so is designed primarily for use with Pro ToolsTM and is compatible with ReaperTM, LogicTM and any other HUI compatible DAW.

System T DAW control can be configured in banks of 8 consecutive channels with a maximum of four banks providing 32 physical console faders for DAW Control. The system can be used to control up to four separate DAW’s. There is no limit to the number of tracks in a Pro Tools session that can be accessed as tracks can be scrolled or banked on to the console faders as required using the scroll and bank keys in the Fader Tile. Pro Tools Memory Locations can also be used to recall specific track layouts. When using System T as the primary control surface for a Pro Tools mix session, configuring two bays as a 32-fader surface and banking in 32 track increments is probably the optimal solution. When Pro Tools is being used as playback source together with other live console inputs the optimal solution is probably configuring a dedicated 16 Fader DAW control bay with the other console bays available to handle standard input and output channel paths.

Hardware control is primarily via the System T Fader Tiles with the faders, switches, and encoders mapped to DAW mixer functions instead of System T processing. The faders control DAW Track Level and the encoders Track Panning and Send levels. A Flip function allows the faders to set Send levels. Track Arming and Automation modes can be set via the Q switch. A DAW Popout software interface available in the Channel View on the touch screen contains buttons to assign the encoder function, setup track automation modes, offers basic transport control, plus channel scrolling and banking buttons and other useful master functions. All these functions together with additional commands available in the HUI protocol can be mapped to User Keys in the Master Tile as well as incorporated into Event Manager scripts.

A DAW Channel View interface can be called to the screen from the main System T Channel View interface or when a DAW Channel is selected in a Fader Tile. This DAW Channel interface shows additional information and provides touch screen control for an extensive collection of DAW track parameters.

DAW control is available with T-SOLSA software and will use the port selected in the Setup Options Network page to communicate with a Pro Tools system on another PC or MAC. A System-T Fader Tile may be connected via USB enabling the T-SOLSA PC to function as a remote 16-Fader DAW controller.

DAW Control for System T is a free update and is included in the V1.8 release of System T which also includes a collection of new features and system enhancements.


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