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WFTS Installs SSL C100 Digital Broadcast Console

Station moves into an all-digital production model (March 14, 2005)

Moving into the digital future, WFTS, a Scripps Howard station and ABC affiliate, recently installed a Solid State Logic C100 Digital Broadcast Console to handle live news shows and studio production throughout the schedule. The 64-channel C100 brings the station the power, flexibility, ease of use and sound quality necessary to move into an all-digital production model.

“When we looked at other consoles, we found that the C100 had better features available to fill our needs,” says Jack Winter, director of engineering for WFTS. “One of the main concerns we have for live broadcast is reliability. We don’t get a second chance to do each show; it is live and immediate and all the equipment needs to work all of the time. Our investigation of the C100 included the reliability factor and, since we first went on line this past January, everything is running smoothly and sounding great. We are really very pleased with the C100.”

At this point in time, WFTS is running both analogue and digital audio sources through the C100, a flexibility that helps the station bridge the gap between the production realities of today and a digital tomorrow.

Says Louie Cruz, a mix engineer at WFTS and a prime advisor on the C100 purchase, “The flexibility of the C100 is simply amazing. I love having 24 utility busses that I use for my mix minuses. We used to have only two and now I am up to using nine. The entire audio department likes the straightforward visual status monitors because it takes only one quick glance to see who is getting what mix. The C100 really streamlines live broadcast production. I think the C100 is just perfect for us and, really, perfect for every live local news operation.”

Cruz used his prior experience on SSL consoles and the manual to configure the C100 and was very pleased with the results.

“I just sat down at the board and set the whole thing up,” Cruz explains. “The manual was written so well and the tech support was so outstanding, it was a breeze. It was extremely pleasing once we hooked everything up to see that it worked the first time out. Any station can have a rookie on the C100 and get the work done once the board is configured. Remember, with stations the size of this one, many times a cameraperson might get moved over to audio so it is imperative that the console be easy to use. The C100 has an extremely intuitive design and is very reliable and powerful, delivers great sound quality, and is surround capable for 5.1 mixing. We couldn’t ask for more.”

About Solid State Logic
Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles for 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.

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