CANAL+ Group opts for an all-SSL broadcast audio infrastructure

A total of two SSL C100 HDS, seven C10 HD consoles and a MORSE routing system make up the French broadcaster's new studio complex. Reportedly this is the first instance where a major broadcaster has opted for an all-SSL audio infrastructure.
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French broadcasting company CANAL+ Group has implemented a complete, end-to-end audio infrastructure based entirely on SSL equipment for its new studio complex. According to the company, this is the first instance where a major broadcaster has opted for an all-SSL audio infrastructure. The two main studio audio control rooms feature SSL C100 HDS consoles, supported by C10 HD consoles as backup and to provide a uniform interface and audio quality when used as a submixer. Three other studio control rooms feature the C10 HD as the main console with a second C10 HD as backup in two studios, for a total of seven C10 HD consoles throughout the facility. Beyond the consoles, the routing infrastructure is based on the SSL MORSE Router and MORSE Stagebox to handle microphone and line I/O via MADI and multiple Alpha-Link LIVE-R MADI/AES/Analogue format converters to connect to the consoles. The audio control rooms were configured such that each console only receives its input information via an associated MORSE Router or Stagebox. All external rack-mount equipment are fed to the MORSE Stagebox associated with a particular room. “We already had a successful standing relationship with SSL when we first took a look at building the new facilities,” said Jean-Marc Delage, project manager/engineer for CANAL+ Group. “Beyond the equipment itself, one of the major costs for building a facility is wiring. We needed to put together five audio control rooms in such a way that all audio assets could address any console. SSL’s solution was efficient and cost-effective, as the entire hookup was through redundant fibre, so we enjoyed minimal wiring to yield maximum flexibility.”



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