Trail Blazers operator Corey GriffinPortland, OR (January 4, 2011)–The Portland Trail Blazers’ primary broadcast control room has been upgraded with a 32-fader, 96-channel SSL C100 Digital Broadcast console.
The High Post Studio complex is used to produce pre- and post-game programs as well as handle both location and remote audio for the games. “To complete our move into HD, we needed to produce 5.1 surround audio mixes for our partner, Comcast SportsNet, and for our terrestrial broadcast partners, and this necessitated getting a digital console,” says Mike Janes, director of engineering for the Portland Trail Blazers. “We looked at various manufacturers who make digital consoles and the SSL C100 HDS was our choice on many levels. We wanted a company able to deliver a console that was state-of-the art, has a processing core that still has room for system growth, has a proven track record for reliability and ease of use, offers a long service life and sounds great. The SSL C100 HDS was the perfect fit for our application.”
The audio feeds for the High Post Studio control room are connected via SSL’s Alpha-Link Live and Alpha-Link 8-RMP units. The flexibility these units offer was another deciding factor for the purchase of the C100.
“We wanted a lot of I/O flexibility and did not want to be tied to a fixed installation system,” Janes states. “With the Alpha Link I/O packages, we have the flexibility to connect these units through our extensive camera cabling system, allowing us to easily put I/O in our truck docks, in our studio areas and in a remote case for the stadium floor.”
The Portland Trail Blazers’ C100 includes the Dialogue Automix and 5.1 Upmix options to cover the many different types of applications encountered in broadcasting a live basketball game.
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