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Jaime Baksht, one of the top film dubbing mixers in Mexico City, has selected a Solid State Logic C300 HD Master Studio System for Astro Studios, a new, ground-up facility in which he is a partner.

Astro Studios, scheduled to open in December, will feature the largest C300 HD to date, a two-operator, 48-fader, 512-channel console. With this C300 HD, Astro will be a world-class facility capable of meeting mainstream feature film mixing demands.

“The productions we are working on have been getting larger, so we needed something that can help us accommodate increasing requirements,” says Baksht, who was recently nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for his work on the acclaimed Pan‘s Labyrinth, Guillermo del Toro‘s gothic fairy tale set in Franco‘s Spain.

“This C300 will have a lot of inputs,” Baksht, a longtime SSL user, continues. “The DAW control is also very important, and the C300 HD sounds wonderful! Over the years, I have worked on SSL‘s 8000 G Series, the Avant, and then an Avant Plus console. This is a completely new system from SSL, and when SSL has a new system, I know it‘s going to be very, very good.”

Designed for the full spectrum of film and post-production applications, the C300 HD Master Studio System is a compact, assignable console for fast and efficient sweetening and mix creation. The C300 HD fully addresses the requirements of non-linear film and HDTV audio production, delivering the ultimate in operational efficiency in a cost-effective, scalable solution.

The C300‘s upgrade to “HD” was announced at this year‘s NAB Convention. Key upgrades include:

• Tri-Level Sync Support

• Serial Control of HD VTRs

• Enhanced 96kHz feature set with up to 16 channel monitoring

• 3 or 4 Channel Side/Rear Surround Panning

• Pec/Direct Recorder Control

• Extended DAW Control with SoftKey keyboard commands

• Tilting center screen option

• Improved Center Section GUI with larger Time Code display, 32 full resolution meters and extended Mix Pass List display with 10 levels of undo

• Enhanced Automation with new Auto Fill Function, Master ALL Safe (Protect) Function

• Settings Libraries for EQ and Dynamics

• Optional 4 port MADI daughter card

The C300 HD integrates DAW control using techniques successfully pioneered with SSL‘s AWS 900+ Analogue Workstation System. This brings the workstation into the console allowing unparalleled interaction between console and DAW. Automation developed from the C200 Digital Production Console provides complete real and non-real time control over the console‘s powerful signal processing. This allows operators to slow down fast moves to a more manageable pace, or even set up whole scenes with the press of a locate key. This saves massive amounts of time yet also delivers the subtle control required to satisfy the most demanding producers or directors.

Baksht recently spent three days at SSL‘s Oxford, UK headquarters with Ron Lagerlof of Visioneering Design, the design and integration firm commissioned for Astro Studios, to finalize the C300 HD‘s specifications. “I don‘t think there is anything else around that can compete with the C300 HD,” says Baksht. “Other consoles are not an option–not for me. The support of SSL has been great throughout the entire process.”

George Horton, Solid State Logic Western Regional Manager, remarks, “Jaime Baksht has enjoyed a 15-year relationship with SSL. It is great to see Astro Studios choose the C300 HD for the new facility.”

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