San Antonio, TX (February 3, 2016)—San Antonio-based KSAT-TV Channel 12, part of the Graham Media Group, recently installed an SSL C10 HD Plus as the production console for almost 40 hours of local news and the daily hour-long SA Live entertainment show.
Jason Hernandez, KSAT's lead broadcast engineer for the C10 project, explains that the new console replaced an older installation and was chosen to complement a rethink of the station's technical infrastructure: "We were able to cut down and consolidate a lot of the support cabling associated with discrete audio connections. We did this by going embedded with a lot of our sources—directly interfacing with our HD video infrastructure and connecting the SDI feeds directly into the C10 via SSL Network I/O. We do also have a mixture of AES and analogue discrete I/O, using SSL Alpha-Link Live-R units, plus the Alpha-Link 8RMP mic preamp."
The station has also tested a Dante link from its remote studio via an 80 GHz microwave link using the SSL Network I/O: SB 8.8 Stagebox. "We have an IP network connection from here to that studio over the microwave link," explains Hernandez. "At the moment, we are submixing with a smaller console, and beaming it back, mixed, but we are planning on using the Dante box at the studio end. We were testing it when the SSL engineer came down to commission our system. He and I walked the box out there, plugged it in, and it worked perfectly."
Hernandez says he prioritized the console's audio performance: "The sound quality is impressive, and the dynamics processing is more natural sounding than others we have tried. We really like the Dialogue Automix, as well. SSL's version is more customizable, especially when it comes to the priority levels for each fader."
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