Charlotte, NC (August 28, 2013)-NBC Charlotte (WCNC), a Belo-owned, NBC affiliate station, has installed an SSL C10 HD compact broadcast console as part of its move into HD news and live production, replacing an aging analog system.
WCNC, a recipient of numerous Regional Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for its news programming, is currently originating its productions in 16:9 widescreen standard definition. The addition of the C10 HD to the equipment line-up ensures an easy audio transition into full HD transmission for its recently completed, video screen-based news studio.
"We have one main control room that services the programming we produce live every day, including news programs and a mid-day variety show," says Jodi Winterton, broadcast engineer for WCNC. "When we were told about the C10 HD coming our way, everyone was extremely excited."
The transition from the older analog audio workflow into the streamlined and flexible workflow presented by the C10 was very positive. WCNC uses an SSL Alpha-Link Live-R fixed configuration audio converter for I/O and Alpha-Link 8RMP remotely controlled microphone pre-amplifier units to carry live audio from the studio room to the console.
"We only had several hours between shows to accomplish the changeover and it went very smoothly," Winterton relates. "One of the amazing things is the ability to use fiber to connect from the mic units to the I/O to the console. How easy is this? When you begin a new production direction with a digital console, there is a degree of work habit hangover from the old ways. Our engineering staff learned the ins and outs of the C10 very quickly and now we don't know how we ever survived in the past."
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