Boulogne, France (April 17, 2017)—Canal Factory, a recently developed production facility for French premium subscription channel Canal+ and the free-to-air channel C8, has moved its audio and video workflow to a facility-wide network linking SSL equipment.

Canal Factory is responsible for much of the Canal+ and C8 core daily live programming and music events broadcasts. The facilities include two main audio control rooms, four production stages and a music pre-mix studio.

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The major upgrade to Canal Factory’s technical infrastructure includes the installation of four large-scale SSL System T broadcast audio production systems, an SSL L500 Live console and SSL Network I/O interfaces. These are connected via a high-capacity (120-plus devices, 6000 x 6000 audio channels), fully redundant Dante AoIP network that shares the core Canal Factory IP infrastructure.

All audio I/O is connected to and routed around the facility’s IP network using Dante. The Dante network has also been extended to the Canal+ Lumière Master Control Room via a dark fiber link, so that existing MADI infrastructure is now connected to the new network.

The two audio control rooms at Canal Factory each feature a 64-fader, 3.5-bay main System T control surface and PC-based T-SOLSA control software with a 16-fader panel connected to one Tempest Audio Engine, plus an additional 16-fader 1.5-bay pre-mix/back-up surface connected to another Tempest engine. Audio input to the SSL L500 console, which is used for music pre-mixing, is from the stage via MADI; the console feeds the main Dante network.

SSL’s OCP network, which handles communication between Tempest Engines and control interfaces, is carried via the same standard Cisco switching hardware and facility-wide network infrastructure as the Dante network. In all, the entire facility uses more than 100 Dante I/O devices, including SSL Network I/O: SDI-MADI and Network I/O: AES units and SSL Network I/O SB 8:8 stageboxes, all connected to the same network.

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