Stamford, CT (September 3, 2014)—World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) has upgraded its studio facilities with a Solid State Logic C10HD console to support foreign language broadcasts.
The C10 HD is used to simulcast RAW in Spanish live in the U.S. and to Spanish-speaking countries like Puerto Rico and Mexico. It is also used for multilingual voice to picture (ADR) post-production of all WWE shows for localized programming in Brazil, China (in Mandarin), Japan and Russia.
“While our five-room facility is primarily used for post production, we need to broadcast the Spanish language version of RAW live from our Audio 5 room,” says Jason Miller, senior broadcast engineer, WWE. “Being able to handle both the post-production and live broadcast roles was extremely important in our choice of a console.
“SSL is just rock-solid reliable and the topography is very straightforward and easy for an operator to use. We had an on-site demo of several competitor consoles but, while they had some bells and whistles, they always took too many button presses to get to where the operator needed to go. Beyond the great sound, ease-of-use for the operator and reliability for engineering were two strong reasons for us to choose the SSL C10.”
Miller continues, “We have two Spanish speaking announcers working the RAW show here at the studio. One of the immediate benefits of the console was the sound, which ensures that our Spanish simulcast has the same quality audio as our main broadcast. In fact, Jim Widman, WWE’s audio engineer who handles 95 percent of the workload in Audio 5, has been with the company for years and he was just over the moon with the functionality and sound of the SSL.
“Additionally, Chris Argento, who is also VP and head of post audio and the final word in selecting the console, was equally impressed. In fact, all of the operators in the complex just rave about the sound quality of the C10.”
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