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Italy’s Mediaset updates OB and studios with new production platforms

Installed systems can access the cameras, recorders, intercoms and telephone system that are on broadcaster's studio IP network

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has taken delivery of eight new System T networked broadcast production platforms from Solid State Logic.

The platforms, which include S500 control surfaces in a variety of frame sizes from 32 to 64 faders, are all powered by SSL Tempest T80 engines, and have begun to be installed in the broadcaster’s studios and OB trucks.

All of the installed System T consoles are being used to broadcast live entertainment, talk shows and other entertainment from Mediaset’s studios and external venues. So far, two System T S500 consoles have been installed in Mediaset’s studios and four S500 mobile control surfaces in a pair of OB trucks. The remaining two S500 systems are scheduled to be installed later this year in a building currently under construction.

“For the time being, all of the studio consoles are operating in standalone mode. But by the end of 2021, all three Mediaset broadcast centres will be networked and the System T consoles will be able to work together as if they are all in the same place,” said Giovanni Blasi, head of Milan-based Cablateam Srl, SSL’s reseller in Italy.

Cablateam also supplied extensive SSL I/O options with the consoles, including SB 8.8, SDI IF, D64 AES I/O, A 16.D16 and MADI bridge units, as well as third-party interfaces from Focusrite and Ferrofish, that will enable the System T platforms to be networked with the broadcast plant and each other via Dante.

The installed S500 systems can access the cameras, recorders, intercoms and telephone system that are on the studio IP network.