Watertown, MA (April 19, 2006)–New England Sports Network (NESN), home to the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins, is completing a new state-of-the-art facility that will more than triple its existing spaces within Fenway Park and TD Banknorth Garden.
To anchor the two high-definition studios in its new, 40,000 square-foot facility, NESN chose not one but two Solid State Logic C100 Digital Broadcast Consoles. NESN’s two C132 consoles are at the core of a digital infrastructure that will allow the network to produce all in-house programming in high-definition, including all Red Sox and Bruins studio programs, and allow multi-channel audio broadcast in the future.
Mike Testa, NESN’s chief audio mixer, at the C100 console in Audio Control Room 1. Photo by Dave King”One major factor in our decision to install C100s was that SSL builds consoles to your specifications,” explained NESN engineer Les Correia, assistant to chief engineer Dave Desrochers. “The console is modular in the sense that you can build it in the way that’s aesthetically comfortable for you, as well as functionally operational. It’s an outstanding design.”
The programmability, Correia added, was crucial in NESN’s decision to install SSL C100s. “The C100 is fully programmable,” he said. “One operator has a certain setting he likes; when the next operator comes in, it’s just a matter of recall. It’s easy to recall your scenes and all your setups.”
The sonic characteristics of the C100’s dynamics were also important, confides Correia, who previously worked on SSL consoles at national sports network ESPN. “The internal dynamics are excellent,” he said. “The compressors and limiters perform really well. That helps, because you don’t have to spend a lot of money on external devices.”
The C100s in NESN’s new facility will allow in-house production of programs currently produced at another broadcast facility, and will include 5.1-channel audio transmission in the future.
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