The new SSL S300 was designed to offer a combination of performance and value for a wide range of broadcast installations and OB vehicles. The S300 can be specified as part of a larger System T installation or in stand-alone configurations for smaller broadcast facilities or OB vehicles, benefiting from the extraordinary power and versatility of System T in a streamlined console layout that remains intuitive for operators with a wide range of skill levels.
The SSL S300 comes in two versions: 16+1 faders and 32+1 faders. It can be connected to either a Tempest T25 (256 paths @ 48kHz) or a T80 (800 paths @ 48kHz) Processor Engine and runs the same software as the larger S500 surface and TCR (Tempest Control Rack).
SSL System T is the world's first dedicated live-to-air broadcast audio production system to be entirely IP based, using AoIP as its core, not simply as an edge connection to the console’s audio infrastructure. Tempest Processing Engines include direct AoIP interfaces allowing commercial off-the-shelf switching infrastructure to replace the requirement for expensive proprietary audio routing hardware. Universal AoIP connections reduce the overall system design cost and improve redundancy topologies, peripheral devices with IP connections do not require traditional audio converter connections. AoIP connections for Tempest Engines and all Network I/O devices are capable of Dante, AES67 and SMPTE 2110-30 using the same hardware.
System T S300 includes a fully integrated Dante control API, providing arbitrated audio and control resource sharing for SSL’s Network I/O range across SSL’s Tempest platform-based consoles: S500, S300, TCR and SSL Live (L500 Plus, L300 and L200). With the availability of over 1000 Dante devices, from upwards of 350 manufacturers, System T control surfaces are a direct routing controller to extremely large, multi-manufacturer based AoIP routing systems. No additional software or hardware is required and routing control is directly from the console GUI or software instances of the console control software (T-SOLSA) running on standard PCs remotely connected to the main surface. System T’s underlying software and network infrastructure provide a standard-agnostic platform that can easily be updated to include emerging broadcast and media IP standards as they are ratified and complement broadcasters’ workflows.
Complete showfile compatibility between all System T consoles and controllers means production can easily move between control rooms within a facility, or an S300 can very easily be used as a backup surface to a larger S500. Where processing engines are of different sizes SSL’s unique compatibility mode allows the pre-selection of channel, busses and effects resources that will be inactive on the smaller processing engine. Settings from the larger device are never lost and resources can be reassigned at any point during the show, even with audio passing.
System T has SSL’s renowned pristine audio quality and a comprehensive array of processing options ensuring the tools for even the most demanding production or music mix are available. There are up to eight Dialogue auto mixers and two Dynamics sections per path; including compressors, oversampled true peak limiters, gates, expanders and de-essers. Full processing capabilities on all channels and busses provide complete flexibility. An additional effects rack provides multiple reverbs, dynamic EQ, noise reduction, signal generators, summing tools, upmixers, downmixers and of course SSL’s bus compressor as standard; no external devices or audio connections are required. These inbuilt effects allow near zero latency, direct control, and full recallability with the console showfile system. When applied to a path insert the effect automatically appears in the path GUI providing a logical workflow and intuitive user interface.
Beyond the unparalleled number of 3rd party AoIP Dante devices that can be directly routing controlled from the console software, S300, S500 and TCR can be controlled by Production Automation packages (Ross Overdrive, GV Ignite, Sony ELC or Vizrt Mosart). The fully programmable Events Manager feature provides extensive and customizable GPIO and macro programming. From simple fader starts and AFV functions to multi source macro programming, events programming can be trailered to suit each production and managed directly from the console GUI.
S300 will be premiered at NAB 2018 (Las Vegas, 9 - 12 April) and also displayed on SSL’s Prolight+Sound booth (Frankfurt, 10 - 13 April).