Toronto, Canada (February 26, 2014)—Toronto’s 102.1 TheEdge, located on the ground floor of the Corus Quay building on the waterfront, broadcasts several live concert performances each month, including the Sugar Beach Sessions concert series, using the Avid S3L live system.
“When I put all of the components together, I packaged the S3L system for portability so the system could be moved around the building for other events,” explains Michael Emmons, remote radio coordinator at Corus Entertainment. “At the Sugar Beach Sessions, we have the option of using several television studios in the building that are also used for larger performances. We have invested in two [Stage 16] stage boxes which gives us great flexibility in having the extra I/O needed for these other events.”
For on-air broadcast, the S3L System feeds directly into Corus Entertainment’s AES-based Wheatstone system. “We now have the ability to keep the signal AES all the way from the live stage right through to the transmitter, which is incredible,” said Emmons. “The first band we had on [stage], the team and I had to blink the first time we sent [the sound] to air—we couldn’t believe how different the tonality sounded from our old analog board. It sounds crazy, but the S3L has added a third dimension to the sound.”
Corus’ new media team captures video content of all the live performances, so having integration with Pro Tools was another factor in choosing Avid S3L, as they post the performances and bonus material on YouTube a few days later. “Having the S3L and Pro Tools gives us the ability to easily capture and archive individual channels for remixing,” states Emmons. “We also have five studios using Avid C|24 consoles for radio post production. We can capture whatever we do in a live setting on Pro Tools, then transfer the files over the network and remix/fix whatever we did on the live stage in a proper controlled setting.”