Quite a number of SSL System T Consoles at headquarters and OB Trucks: Denmark’s TV 2 midway to equipment renovation

Quite a number of SSL System T Consoles at headquarters and OB Trucks: Denmark’s TV 2 midway to equipment renovation

Within the renovation process that Danish TV2 started 2 years ago, the channel is taking advantage of the platform’s networking and remote-control capabilities, as well as the platform’s agile DSP and its immersive broadcast production capabilities upgrading to Solid State Logic System T broadcast audio mixing consoles across its galleries and OB trucks.

The national broadcaster in Denmark, who has public service obligations as it’s a state-owned company, has installed two S500 consoles, of various configurations, and three SSL System T S300 at its headquarters (Odense),and in two OB trucks. Two more identically configured S500 consoles are scheduled for installation at TV 2’s headquarters, plus three at a second location in the country’s capital, Copenhagen, which will eventually bring TV 2’s complement of SSL System T consoles to 10 in total.

“The main thing we were looking for was a solution where everything is within a single ecosystem,” says Jens Christensen, Broadcast Engineer, Media Technology, Production & Facility. “We were not interested in buying a lot of outboard gear; we wanted everything inside the console.” When TV 2 first went shopping for a replacement console a couple of years ago, he says, “SSL was pretty much the only company who provided that.” The installed SSL System T consoles have replaced older broadcast audio desks from another manufacturer that no longer services or supports them, he reports.

System T for largest remote production vehicle in Denmark

​Over the past two years, TV 2 has installed a System T S500m three-bay, 32-fader console configured for mobile applications in the company’s 20-camera OB4 truck, the largest remote production vehicle in Denmark, and an S300-32 32-fader desk in a smaller, 10-camera truck, DNK 47. A compact 16-fader S300-16 surface is integrated into OB6 Flypack, a standard 40-foot shipping container that can be moved around the world for events and, when not on location, is based at the Odense facility where it is used as a gallery [control room] primarily for eSports. Additionally, a 32-fader System T S300-32 has been installed in Control Room D at TV 2’s Odense headquarters and an S500-32 is currently being prepared for integration into another gallery.

Networking is central to TV 2’s plans going forward. “Here at TV 2, we have quite a big audio-over-IP network between our two main locations in Odense and Copenhagen,” Christensen continues. “At the moment, we are building a new gallery in Copenhagen, which will be Control Room F. That is also going to be connected to the other galleries over the network, so we can remote-control the console from wherever we are in our facility.”

Leveraging world class remote capabilities of System T

​TV 2 plans to make the most of the System T’s networking and remote control abilities. “We are in the process of separating our studios from our galleries so we can connect any studio to any gallery,” he says. Each of the main studio galleries at the Odense facility will house an identically configured System T S500-32 console, providing familiarity when moving between galleries. “Because of how the facilities were built we couldn’t do this before. But the IP infrastructure will make it much more flexible and easier to do that,” he says.

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