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CBS Purchases SSL C200 Digital Production ConsoleFor use on Emmy award winning show “The Bold And The Beautiful” (October 28, 2004)
CBS has purchased a Solid State Logic C200 Digital Production Console to provide cutting edge audio capabilities for the super-hit 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 excellent track record of superior service. The C200 represents 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. 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 popular in-line console heritage with a dedicated ‘knob per function’ control surface including analogue emulation of traditional SSL equalizer and dynamics sections. Based on entirely new Centuri processing technology, the C200 operates at 48kHz, or 96kHz for exceptional audio quality while retaining all of its extensive bussing capabilities at both sample frequencies. For demanding mix sessions, 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. In short, the C200 delivers the architecture necessary for CBS’s post-production needs.
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 is very familiar with SSL consoles as they have three SL 6064G+ Series, two SL 8064GB Series and one SL 8040G+ installed. Shows produced out of CBS TV City include “The Young and the Restless,” “The Price is Right,” “American Idol” and many others.
“We have six SSL analog consoles on site and the responsiveness of SSL with technical support over the years really influenced us with the purchase of the C200,” says Fox. “We are very comfortable with the C200 purchase because of SSL’s long track record with making fine products and providing exceptional service.”
About Solid State Logic
Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles for the broadcast, post, music and film facilities. SSL’s product range includes the C100 new-generation Digital Broadcast and C200 Digital Production Consoles, the Avant Plus Digital Console for Film and Post, the XL 9000 K Series SuperAnalogue and SL 4000 G+ Analogue Consoles.
For further information visit www.solid-state-logic.com.
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