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GBH Ties Studios Together With SSL

Three new consoles connect recording, radio and TV studios

Radio Audio Engineer Téa Mottolese (left) and two-time Grammy Award-winning Recording Engineer Antonio Oliart Ros at the new SSL System T S500 in GBH’s Fraser Performance Studio. (Photo courtesy Solid State Logic)

From Radio World’s “Who’s Buying What” page: GBH in Boston recently installed three new Solid State Logic consoles, integrating the boards with an assortment of SSL products connecting its radio and television studios, as well as its performance space/recording studio.

Two SSL System T S300 32-fader consoles were installed in the television production rooms and a System T S500 64-fader console was integrated into the Fraser Performance Studio. The boards are integrated with SSL D64, D32 and A16.D16 interfaces, as well as SB i16 and SB 16.12 Stageboxes.

“Our ability to do more comprehensive signal processing, such as multi-band dynamics, limiting, gating, equalization and filtering, has increased,” stated GBH Senior Engineer Dan Brown. “I removed all the analog processing in the rooms and kept the AES processing, but we haven’t used it to-date, because the processing in the console can do what we need.”

In the Fraser Performance Studio, the new board helps prepare GBH for wider implementation of Dante networking. “The biggest thing was the fact that we could change from AES3 to something modern and accessible, because a lot of manufacturers are adopting Dante,” stated GHB Broadcast Maintenance Engineer Sai Patel.

An SSL MADI-Bridge unit connects the performance studio to GBH’s TV and radio studio at the Boston Public Library, a publicly viewable 800-square-foot studio set that hosts multiple radio and television programs daily.

A separate system of interfaces allows engineers to mix and match sources and destinations between GBH’s TV and radio studios from the set, Brown stated, including a MADI audio stream. “We’ve mixed a band playing at the library, which is under 5 miles away, on the SSL.”

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