South African commercial television station E.tv is now on air with two new Solid State Logic System T production platforms, which recently joined an SSL C10 HD digital audio broadcast desk already built in a third studio at the eMedia facility.
The two identical systems, each consisting of an S300-32 control surface with redundant T25 Tempest engines and various SSL Dante-networked interfaces, have been installed. The SSL SuperAnalogue and AES3 digital I/O connections are provided by two Network I/O A16.D16 units per console. Two SB 8.8 Stageboxes support the introduction of an additional eight mic/line inputs and eight line-level outputs. Four SDI embedder/de-embedders that bridge SDI, MADI, and Dante are also built into each of the two System Ts.
“The systems are networked in a redundant private Dante network within the same building,” E.tv studio manager and engineer Lwazi November explain. “We also have a MADI bridge and four SDI I/Os for the studio using that console to put the audio from the C10 on the Dante network.”
Three multipurpose studios are housed in the eMedia head office building, which opened in Hyde Park in 2015. November describes each studio as “having an acoustically treated, double volume studio floor, an acoustically treated audio control booth, monitoring, and a vision control room.”
The two System Ts are primarily utilised for news broadcasts and shows such as The South African Morning and All Angles located in separate control rooms affiliated with two of the studios. The main studio is operational for 18 hours a day.
SSL’s broadcast partner in South Africa provided the System T components, professional solutions company Hi-Tech Audio. Megahertz Ltd., a UK-based broadcast systems specialist, has worked with E.tv for nearly two decades, relocating the broadcaster’s production facilities in 2015 and integrating the new SSL systems at eMedia’s studios.
“Both E.tv broadcast engineers, Mojalefa Ramatladi and Lutendo Lambani, were instrumental in the initial setup and training,” November says. “Audio mixers Sammy Musepa and Orefile Mmutlana performed operational acceptance testing.”