Stamford, CT (January 14, 2013)—The Stamford Media Center recently installed a Solid State Logic C100 HDS digital broadcast console in its audio/video control room.
"The Stamford Media Center is a re-design of a legitimate theater where the main studio room, backstage rooms and offices encompass the entire building, while the video and audio tech core are built into a permanently parked OB van," says John T. Chow, manager of technology and digital media for Stamford Media Center. The C100 HDS is used to handle the audio for The Jerry Springer Show, Maury, Trisha Goddard and The Steve Wilkos Show at the center, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of NBCUniversal.
"We had installation limitations that were met by the C100 without compromising on console features and power," continues Chow. "Additionally, support has always been great with SSL as far as responsiveness and knowledgeable people helping out. This is an important factor for keeping these boards going. Getting a great console at a good price is only half the equation; getting ongoing support after the fact is paramount."
The studio runs a packed schedule, producing 20 shows a week between the four titles. All four productions feature a host, guests and a live audience of approximately 200, with monitoring requirements changing from one show to the next. According to Rob Alexander, senior audio engineer for Stamford Media Center, "I am able to customize the console to be able to turn my backstage feeds on and off very easily or work the mic trims without having to call up menus. I can also store my settings for instant recall. This really speeds up the workflow."
The installation includes redundant Blackrock processing cores, three Alpha-Link LIVE-R units and a MORSE Stagebox. The extra elements reside in the control room in one rack next to the console, solving the space dilemma presented by an OB truck.
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