CBS has purchased a Solid State Logic C200 digital production console for the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. The C200 was chosen by CBS for its sound quality, flexible and familiar operation, advanced processing structure and for SSL’s service record. The C200 is the first digital console for CBS Television City.
“We wanted to go digital to keep the general production flow evolving into an all-digital model,” says Jonathan Fox, post-production audio engineering and maintenance supervisor for CBS. “The real beauty of the C200 is the complete capability to recall the many console and equipment configurations needed to shoot a soap [opera]. This capability will save us a great amount of time, thereby streamlining the post-production process. Additionally, most of the audio equipment we get in house these days is digital, so the C200 significantly reduces our interfacing tasks.”
The C200 represents the latest adaptation of SSL’s in-line console heritage with a dedicated ‘knob-per-function’ control surface including analog emulation of traditional SSL equalizer and dynamics sections. Based on Centuri processing technology, the C200 operates at 48kHz or 96kHz for audio quality while retaining all of its extensive busing capabilities at both sample frequencies. The C200 incorporates all the refined automation benefits of the popular MT+ Series consoles, with new capabilities such as integrated DAW control, scalable DSP and complete layer and signal path metering.
Brian Connell, mix engineer for The Bold and the Beautiful comments. “The feature of the C200 that is really useful is the capability of writing our EQ changes. This show is produced on a daily basis, so the pressure is enormous to shoot and edit and move onto the next. We can now bank our EQ settings for each actor on each set, building up a library that will greatly facilitate our production flow.”
Both Connell and Fox appreciate the consistency of design and superb service they have received over the years from SSL. “I really like the fact that I can sit in front of an SSL digital console made in 2004 and use it in the same way I am used to from the many years on their analog desks,” states Connell. “Add to this the incredible facilities of this console and we have a real powerful production tool.”
“After thorough evaluation, CBS chose the C200 for their broadcast facility,” says Phil Wagner, SSL senior vice president. “CBS Television is one of our longest-standing customers, and we are very excited about the installation.”
CBS Television City has three SL 6064G+ Series, two SL 8064GB Series and one SL 8040G+ installed.
For more information, please go to www.solid-state-logic.com.