New York, NY (July 13, 2005)–NEP Studios has created a new production home for the popular The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s cable channel. The new facility, which opened in July, is dubbed Studio 52 after its 52nd Street and 11th Avenue location in New York City, and features a Solid State Logic C100 Digital Broadcast Console with Version 2 software as the centerpiece for audio production.
The C100 is the digital audio hub for the program and, because of its enormous operational flexibility, provides a platform that can handle future complicated production additions including 5.1 audio/production mixing.
“When the space became available, executives from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart decided to move from our NEP Studio 54 facility to a newly engineered all digital facility, plus they were looking for more space to accommodate the growth of the show,” says John T. Chow, director of engineering for NEP Studios. “Studio 52 will also provide enhanced production services, increased space for a larger audience and more room for the writers.”
Daily Show audio engineer Tim Lester said, “We are very pleased with the C100 as it will help us bring the show to the next level that could involve live music portions and an expanded guest roster. The SSL seems much more audio driven from the operator’s perspective as opposed to other consoles. Simply put, the C100 looks and acts more like an analog console, with the advantages of digital flexibility. If another engineer had to come in on a moment’s notice to cover me, anyone familiar with an SSL analog console would be able to fly the C100 in a very short amount of time. This is very valuable.”
“The C100 will be capable of taking the show in any direction because it is such a flexible and intuitive console,” stated Chow. “SSL has a great reputation for building ultra-reliable products and that seems to be the word back on the C100 from other broadcasters.”
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