WHDH-TV, Boston, an NBC affiliate, and WSVN-TV, Miami, a Fox affiliate, are sister stations owned by Sunbeam Television Corp., both in the midst of a facilities upgrade and both chose the Solid State Logic C100 Digital Broadcast Console as part of their move to an all-digital production model.
“We have been looking to make our facility all-digital and the C100, which is arriving in April, is the last piece in the turnover process,” says Jim Shultis, director of engineering for WHDH.
According to Shultis, factors in the decision to buy the C100 include its easy to read TFT displays for metering, the flexible feature set, the capability for 5.1 surround mixing and the audio quality. “We will do about 6 1/2 hours of live news a day on the C100, and it will primarily be running studio mics and playback from the digital tape machines. What we needed was a transparent, uncolored sound and that is what the C100 delivers.”
WSVN is in the process of going into the all-digital model. The appeal of the C100 for John Bak, chief engineer for WSVN, is the ergonomic design of their 48-fader, 128-channel console. “We really liked the layout of the C100,” Bak explains “The console design, the metering and the placement of the switches and buttons create the exact working surface that we were looking for. The C100 has all of the features that we wanted to integrate into a system.”
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