imgToronto, Canada (February 15, 2013)—Maple Leaf Sports + Entertainment (MLSE) recently upgraded its audio production control room, installing an SSL C10 HD Compact Broadcast Console.

MLSE is a major force in Canadian sports through owning the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA), the Toronto FC (MLS) and the Toronto Marlies (AHL), along with the Air Canada Center, BMO Field and Richo Coliseum sports venues and LEAFS TV, NBA TV Canada and GOLTV (soccer) Canada. The C10 is primarily used for live pre- and post-game shows for the different sports teams, as well as in-house productions that are pre-taped for later broadcast.

"We have a dark fiber connection between the Air Canada Center, which houses the live show sets, and our production control room here, a distance of nearly three miles," says Ed Holmes, director of engineering for MLSE. "Because of the compatibility between the C10 and our Optocore network installed at the stadium, we can route all 56 of our mic signals at the Air Canada center back to the SSL. This way, we can control show production from the console and easily route signals back and forth between our facility and the Air Canada Center studios. On game days, we share a lot of production assets with the scoreboard, the control room, the mobile production trucks and the pre- and post-game show that we produce with the SSL console. The Optocore compatibility made the C10 very attractive for our operations."

Two of SSL's Production Assistant software enhancements that influenced the C10 purchase were the Dialogue Automix and the 5.1 Upmix options. "With the Dialogue Automix option for our panel shows, each person's level is now very consistent," says Alain Siodlowski, broadcast engineer for MLSE. "We do not worry about missed upcuts, because the transition between speakers is remarkably seamless."

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