Boston, MA (April 13, 2020) — WHDH, an independent station in Boston owned by Sunbeam Television, has replaced an older Solid State Logic C100 with the company’s latest platform, the System T.
“The C100 was fine and it met our needs, but it was coming up on its fourteenth birthday,” says Jim Shultis, director of Engineering for WHDH-TV, where he has worked for well over 25 years. “The C100 has been a fantastic workhorse, but it was time to replace it and get on SSL’s current platform which is fully Dante compatible.”
The new System T comprises a Tempest T25 256-path processing engine and a three-bay, 48-fader S500 control surface, complete with meter bridge.
As engineering assistant Art Murphy explains, the new System T platform at WHDH offers features and facilities that would be used by a station offering more than 80 hours of news programming each week, such as the creation of mix-minuses for IFBs to the 7News talent in the field and in the studio. “We have 24 mix-minuses going on. We could wire more if we wanted to, but 24 is a good number for us,” says Murphy. Setting up the mix-minuses is a different procedure than on the C100, he says, “But once you get used to it, it’s a little bit more logical, a more direct process.”
There are other aspects of the System T, Murphy continues, including a similar aux bus setup to the C100. “And, of course, we’ve got plenty of processing power with what we’ve bought.”
The C100 was installed in a new control room back in 2006 alongside a new video switcher, reports Shultis, just as the U.S. was finalizing the mandatory switch from analog NTSC to digital ATSC transmission. The native Dante capabilities of the new System T made for an easier install than the previous one.
“We put stage boxes in our newsroom, where all our main mics are, so all of our mic wiring became a lot easier, wiring right into those stage boxes,” says Murphy. “Then, we use Dante to bring those into the network switch. It really makes a much cleaner installation as well.” A second studio is used for production, he adds.
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