Spanish broadcaster betevé introduces Solid State Logic systems

Solid State Logic, betevé, Broadcast Magazine

The whole system was specified and supplied by SSL Spanish partner Zentralmedia

Spanish broadcaster betevé has invested in Solid State Logic’s System T broadcast audio production environment, with two System T S300 32-fader consoles being deployed in its main TV studios 1 and 2 (news and general production). The whole system was specified and supplied by SSL Spanish partner Zentralmedia.


betevé is the local, publicly-owned broadcaster serving the metropolitan area of Barcelona with TV channels, radio, and on line. It began broadcasting in 1994 and has a reputation as a progressive broadcaster, in strategy, in content, and in technology.


The station’s latest jump forward has been the installation of Solid State Logic’s System T into studios 1 and 2 at the betevé TV facilities, all connected via a redundant Dante Audio over IP network. Commenting on the choice, Jordi Colom, Director tècnic i d’innovació (Technical and Innovation Director), explains: “First, we chose System T for its audio quality. We wanted an AoIP system that was easy to manage – so it could be run by audio engineers, not system engineers. The initial installation and set-up was quick and easy, and now we can change from one studio setup to the next one in a matter of seconds.”


Studio 1 (news) will be broadcasting general news programmes and interview features; the general production studio content ranges from Sports and culture panels to live music shows.


Each control room has a System T S300 32-fader control surface and an SSL Network I/O A16.D16 (analogue and digital I/O to network). There are two System T T25 Tempest Audio Engines in the machine room, each capable of processing up to 256 fully processed paths at 48kHz. Two Network I/O: MADI-Bridge units take care of connecting the new networked system to existing MADI infrastructure at the studio.


Stage 1 at betevé has a mobile stagebox with an SSL SB32.24 stagebox (32 mic/line inputs, 16 analogue line outputs, 8 digital inputs, dual redundant Dante connections), while Studio 2 has two SSL SB8.8 stageboxes (eight analogue in and out, dual redundant Dante connections each).


The whole system uses a redundant Dante (AES67, SMPTE 2110) AoIP network to connect everything everywhere, for ultimate flexibility across both TV stages. This employs COTS (Common Off-The-Shelf) network hardware, such as Cisco network switches and Cat6/fibre connectivity, for high-capacity audio routing, instead of costly, product-specific TDM routing systems.

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