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SSL split for horse racing coverage

Two SSL “consoles” are housed in a single SSL C100 frame, linked by a MORSE router, to allow horse racing broadcast engineers to work independently on shared audio writes Erica Basnicki.

Groupement Technique des Hippodromes Parisiens (GTHP) has installed three SSL C100 HDS digital broadcast consoles in its new HD OB vans for live horse racing events in France. The company provides technical resources and staff for media coverage of horse racing events for Equidia TV. Each OB vehicle features a single C100 frame, fitted with two independent console units, each with completely separate master sections and fader bays (one 24+8 and one 16+8). This allows two engineers to work independently, while an SSL MORSE router enables them to share audio assets. “We decided to go with two consoles built into one frame to make the engineering tasks straightforward,” explained Luc Benamer, sound engineer manager for GTHP. “Instead of taking up valuable time having each engineer split one console, both engineers can now configure their local and international programmes at the same time. Each van travels to its next destination overnight, arriving at the new venue about three hours before air. The C100 lets us get set up very efficiently, so we have more time to tweak the sound to get the best results.”