A Solid State Logic C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Console and a C10 HD Compact Broadcast Console will power the HD audio productions for Yle, the national broadcasting company for Finland, and one of 23 founding broadcasting organisations of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
The mandate for full HD production required upgrading facilities in Helsinki and Tampere to meet the demand for the new formats. The SSL consoles, which are in place in two production studios in Tampere, offer the feature set necessary for Yle’s facilities.
“To complete our move into HD production, we upgraded our smaller live control room with the C10 and built a new room entirely for the C100,” said Antti Immonen, technical producer, Yle. “The consoles were introduced to us at IBC and then we visited SSL in England as part of the equipment research process. Broadcasters in general and public broadcasters specifically, really need to watch the bottom line when it comes to expanding production facilities. SSL won the tender because the consoles offer the power and advanced capability we needed for this application at a cost-efficient price point.”
The SSL installation at Yle features the SSL Production Assistant software packages, which includes Dialogue Automix and 5.1 Upmix to create surround audio tracks from stereo tracks. DAW Control offers integrated control of the resident Pro Tools DAW, and the new consoles are connected to the rest of the studio complex through SSL’s Alpha-Link Live I/O units.
Immonen commented: “Everything about our facility upgrade is working according to plan or better, including the integration between our router and the SSL digital consoles. The SSL consoles do what we need them to do for the live broadcast part of our operations.”