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SSLs C100 Digital Production Consoles Make Italian Debut

Audio mixer for both studio generated television and live transmissions (September 30, 2004)

As part of its progression from analogue to digital technology, TV broadcast production and post-production specialist, Videotime, has become the first company in Italy to invest in Solid State Logics C100 Digital Production Consoles.

Videotime, which belongs to the Mediaset group of companies, has three main production centers located in Milan and Rome, from which it provides a range of broadcast services and technical equipment to Mediasets three broadcast channels, Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4. The various facilities employ over 200 people and incorporate 10 studios, two OB vans, six graphics studios and 24 editing rooms.

Videotime has installed two C100 consoles in recently refurbished studios in its entertainment production center in Milan. The consoles will be on air by the end of August and will be used for a variety of programming, including sports events, live shows, sit-coms, reality shows, talk shows and productions for satellite thematic channels. All of these are broadcast in either stereo or 5.1 formats.

Alfredo Trusiani, Videotimes technical manager, says, ?Over the last four years, Videotime has been developing plans to migrate its studios from analogue to digital technology. We are introducing new digital editing standards, a digital newsroom, new automatic playout systems with facilities for advertisement insertion and a new digital archive system. As part of this process we have completely refurbished two studios in our main building in Milan and have chosen Solid State Logic C100 consoles for these control rooms.

Videotimes decision to buy C100 consoles was based on a number of factors, not least the good experiences it has had with SSL products in the past.

?We already have six SSL Aysis Air digital consoles and we are very happy with them, but for our new studios we wanted something even more flexible so we conducted extensive research and demoed a number of different manufacturers products, explains Trusiani. ?The C100 came out ahead because it was the only product that had a very similar operational approach to our existing consoles. This meant that the transition from one desk to another was relatively straightforward for our operators.

Trusiani adds that the C100 was particularly popular with Videotimes audio engineers who tested it meticulously and found it to be flexible and forward thinking in both its overall design and its operational interface.

?The C100s features and operational facilities make this a good audio mixer for both studio generated television programs and live transmissions, Trusiani adds. ?It is also a very compact console, which suited the size of our control rooms. And its quick and easy to use, which helps with operational turnover. This may be our first experience of SSLs new C Series technology but we feel confident that it will prove to be just as satisfying as the Aysis Air consoles, with which we are already familiar.

About Solid State Logic
Solid State Logic is the worlds leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles for broadcast, post, music and film facilities. SSLs 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 Consoles and the SL 4000 G+ Analogue Console.

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