At NAB Solid State Logic introduced the new, smaller sized C10 HD digital broadcast audio console, which combines reliability and performance for a wide range of on-air applications, with a simplified design.
The C10 HD is based on the company’s C100 HD console, including SSL’s signal processing, in an intuitive user interface, designed for the smaller budget broadcast market. It’s available in two frame sizes — 24+8 and 32+8 — with scalable DSP and I/O options.
The layout of the control surface includes a clear graphical overview of all signals, augmented with SSL’s Eyeconix feature that presents thumbnail pictures of sources to be displayed for fast visual recognition and navigation. The C10 HD console also integrates all DSP signal processing and operating hardware into a convection-cooled control surface. Full processing redundancy, also within the console surface, is available as an option.
The C10 offers four access levels to the console’s features — Admin, Certified, Express and Lockdown — to provide the appropriate functionality to engineers and staff with different mixing skill levels. For example, the production automation interface allows for unmanned operation for overnight or off-peak programming, but if something needs to be changed, the console can be set for Express level skills, enabling a junior engineer to make critical changes without the possibility of changing the entire setup.
The new console also provides the same full 5.1 surround mixing capabilities as the C100 HD, along with a new 5.1 UpMix algorithm that generates surround imaging from stereo sources. This will allow users to match their facility’s broadcast to other 5.1 material from a network feed or create 5.1 elements from existing stereo material.