SSL C300 HD Digital Post Console

The Master Studio System...

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SSL’s C300 HD delivers an unbeatable combination of enhanced productivity, secure performance and operator-friendly design.

With more than three thousand SSL equipped studios and facilities operational today, SSL is universally recognised for sonic excellence, superb ergonomics, outstanding workflow insight and an international support infrastructure second to none.

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The Master Studio System

The C300 HD is the perfect nerve centre for commercial dubbing and post facilities. It combines the unrivalled audio fidelity & processing of an SSL digital audio console, comprehensive multi-format monitoring, multi-system machine control and a highly evolved hardware surface that seamlessly integrates hands-on control of the console's internal audio path and multiple Digital Audio Workstations.

With unrivalled DSP flexibility, C300 HD offers over 500 mix inputs, 80 mix busses and true multi-operator capability from a single processing core. C300 HD is a truly integrated control and processing solution that will make your facility more efficient.

Key Features

  • Ergonomic work surface with excellent visual feedback
  • Vertical Fader ‘Stacks’ simplify mapping complex track layouts to a fixed console configuration
  • High-resolution TFTs display routing and processing
  • Direct (HUI) control of up to 4 DAWs simultaneously
  • 128 x 8 monitor matrix, 64 Pec/Direct channels and 8-ch Monitor insert
  • 4 x 7.1 Monitor Outputs, each with an independent 8 x 8 Format matrix
  • Panning options for new HD surround formats including side and rear speaker layouts
  • TimeFreeze automation system supports still and step frame parameter data entry
  • Multichannel formatting (up to 7.1) for the 80 mix busses
  • Frame options from 16 to 128 faders, 1 to 3 operator positions
  • Full timecode and system sync support for 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 HD frame rates
  • System reference accepts HD Tri Level Sync, SD Video, AES and Word clock signals
  • Fs and 2Fs sample rates at 44.1 and 48 kHz with 0.1% pull up/pull down options
  • Scalable DSP provides from 32 to 512 mix inputs (plus 80 mix busses and full monitoring facilities as standard)
  • Flexible channel linking and formatting allows easy creation of multichannel inputs, for up to 7.1 surround
  • Instant allocation/optimisation of audio processing – new layouts can be made without requiring a restart
  • Online multi-user setup of control surface and DSP
  • Integral machine control via 4 serial machine control ports, wide speed time code reader/generator and MMC
  • Central touchscreen for machine and monitor control
  • 32 x 32 main ‘re-record’ matrix with output processing

HD Post Production

The commercial success of HDTV and Home Theatre Surround systems, together with the
availability of high quality broadcast HD programming and HD DVD formats, mandates a radical new approach to Audio Post Production. The universal consumer adoption of 7.1 playback systems with independently addressable side and rear speaker pairs, means that HD sound will eventually need to be mixed natively for this format and that current methodology of utilising an analogue matrix to synthesise a mono rear signal from the existing 5.1 stereo
surround information will not remain acceptable in the long term. C300 HD provides the tools required to support these latest developments and more.

Modern Workflow

The C300 HD delivers significant time savings in the critical mixing stage of a project, offering increased workflow and true cost efficiency, particularly when compared to the compromised quality and throughput imposed by semi-pro audio editing equipment, which cannot provide the nonlinear multi-input automation, superior sonics, and integration advantages of a
professional solution.

Affordably priced, the C300 HD provides the features vital to commercial film and post production, while allowing tailored scaling of all parts in order to meet operational and budgetary demands. Future accommodation is through a clear upgrade path, ensuring a
long and productive working life.

Totally Integrated Productivity

C300 HD elegantly combines crucial elements of the mixing process in the console itself. This ‘Master Studio System’ concept saves the studio time and money, removing the laborious and costly process of buying and attempting to integrate suitable mix automation, control surface, machine control and monitoring systems. Providing simultaneous processing and mixing inside the console and multiple DAW control, the C300 HD offers the best of both worlds.

Easy, Intuitive Operation

Even the most infrequent user will be up to speed quickly on the C300 HD’s clear and intuitive work surface, with knob-perfunction control of all parameters, high resolution TFT's displaying routing & processing, and a central touchscreen for configuration control. Rapid access and overview of complex mixes are made possible by user-customised channel layouts, 7.1 surround input channels, advanced parameter linking and an innovative scroll function that permits access to hundreds of signal paths from as few as eight faders.

Fast, Flexible Reconfiguration

At the heart of a C300 HD system lies the Centuri core, designed to assist fast-changing
post sessions with on-the-fly redistribution of console channels, busses, audio processing and control surface resource – without any reboot or offline editing.

Unrivalled Sonic Performance

SSL’s acclaimed sonic signature is assured in the C300 HD by proprietary 40-bit floatingpoint
algorithms, providing emulation of classic analogue circuits in powerful audio processing tools.

World Class Automation

SSL’s TimeFreeze™ automation system is unique in its non-linear read/write capability, allowing both slow-motion mixing for complex scenes and fast cue-by-cue alteration of parameter values. Automating many different items in different modes within a single pass provides the high level of parallel work – and resultant efficiency – essential in today’s time-critical mixing environments.

Modular, Scalable Construction

C300 HD’s modular construction offers configurations suitable for use in independent facilities, right through to major film sound stages. Consisting of two parts, the C300 HD console provides the user interface while the compact Centuri core contains SSL’s proprietary industrial computer and the modular DSP with I/O cards in a single chassis.

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