The Ed Sullivan Theater, as seen from the office windows of Pro Sound News.New York, NY (April 7, 2008)–This summer, Late Show with David Letterman will install a new Solid State Logic C200 Digital Production Console at the show’s Ed Sullivan Theater. The 96-fader console is the largest C200 Series yet built.
“With our new format of shooting in HD and mixing in 5.1 surround, the clear choice for a new console was the SSL C296,” says Harvey Goldberg, who has been music mixer for Late Show with David Letterman for the last eight years. “Another reason why we purchased the console was that it delivers the resources necessary for us to mix different music acts during the show, or if not multiple acts, the different songs performed by one act. Working on an analog console isn’t the fastest way to switch between different kinds of set-ups. When we start working with the C296, switching between set-ups will be a push of a button.”
The key to understanding the 96-fader frame console purchase lies in Goldberg’s work style. According to Goldberg, where many other manufacturers have made the leap to digital by redesigning how a console operates, Goldberg prefers the ergonomic consistency of SSL consoles.
He has a plan to take advantage of its power, he says. “I will use 40 of the input channels right off the top for Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra. The average guest band comes in using between 30 and 40 inputs. Perhaps a rock band will only take up 24. Sometimes we are talking about shooting two or three shows in a day and that represents a lot of setup. The advantage of the C200 is that I can work in the traditional analog mode of one channel strip per instrument or vocal, but when I need to see a channel at the other end of the board, I can push a button and it is in front of me. This feature will make mixing easier, better, faster.”
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