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SSL Goes Golfing

Orlando, FL (October 19, 2012)—Golf Channel, currently upgrading its Orlando studio to HD/surround sound production, is adding new SSL C100 HDS and C10 HD consoles to its existing C100 HDS.

"Through our experience with the original C100 HD in PCR 1, we upgraded PCR 2 in 2009 with a C100 HDS," says Ken Botelho, senior director of engineering for Golf Channel, which reaches over 120 million households worldwide. "As our production schedule continues to expand at an exponential rate, and to meet the demands for HD productions in 5.1 surround, we also made the decision to install a C10 HD in PCR 3, our voice-over control room, and we upgraded to a C100 HDS in PCR 1. This presents our session engineers with uniform console topology and functionality between the three rooms. We have a rigorous production schedule, so any method we can use to save time on a task is welcome. Having all three audio control rooms with the same console features and interface is invaluable."

The three consoles offer a consistent operator interface throughout the facility, all feature SSL's Production Assistant options—Dialogue Automix and 5.1 Upmix-to help streamline production and are connected via a MORSE Router to enable audio asset sharing between studios.

Golf Channel produces coverage of the European Tour, PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour, as well as a variety of other tours from around the world. Production includes the nightly golf news program Golf Central, Morning Drive and the reality series Big Break, as well as early round coverage of the FedExCup. 

"Having our audio strategy fully in place really enhances our production capability," continues Botelho. "Once our engineers have programmed in the settings for one of our internal productions, for example, we can take that snapshot and apply it to any of the three consoles. This gives us huge flexibility for scheduling in multiple productions."

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