System TThe future of audio production for broadcast
Advanced intuitive ergonomics
Each element of the System T control interface offers a combination of traditional broadcast production workflow and new ways for operators to control their audio environment. SSL’s deep experience with control surface ergonomics has delivered an interface that unites gestural touch screen technology, hardware control and intelligently designed workflow. It accommodates a range of working styles so that mixing engineers from a range of backgrounds can immediately benefit from its advanced capabilities.
Fader Tiles provide hands on control over signal paths. They are freely configurable to control a variety of different signal paths with clear, bright colour coding. Each tile has 16 faders and is the same size as a main touch screen. Each tile has five layers with four banks per layer giving rapid access to 320 paths via dedicated Layer & Bank buttons. Each fader strip has a 100mm motorised fader, level meter and a collection of status LED’s covering Dynamics, De-ess mode, Dialogue Automix and Remote AFV or Production Automation control. There is a dedicated PFL Solo key plus back stop fader PFL. There are additional keys for Mute, AFL and Select, which controls a menu of tile functions in conjunction with the touch screen interface. A three line OLED delivers a variety of visual feedback of data. At the top of the strip is a context sensitive multi function Quick Encoder with three switches. Each strip features SSL’s acclaimed ‘Super-Q’ key which allows the user to spill the contributing elements or destinations for a selected fader/path across the control surface providing instant feedback and mix control either from a channel- or mix-centric view. Querying a channel shows the destinations to which the channel is routed. Querying a mix bus will show the channels that are contributing to that mix.
Designed to satisfy the preferences of a wide range of operators the Channel Tile provides immediate hands-on control over any selected path. Featuring a 7 inch touchscreen with an array of push switch encoders and buttons, it offers rapid access to the full range of processing and configuration functionality for a single channel. It operates in parallel with the main touchscreen, Fader Tile Quick Encoders and with the Focus Fader in the Master Tile.
This panel also includes brightness controls for the console’s screens and displays, four user-programmable switches with displays, the power on switch, manual redundancy switch-over and USB port for Showfile upload.
On the left is the Focus Fader, which is assigned to the selected path and works in conjunction with the Channel Tile controls. To the right is a Master fader which can be assigned and locked to any desired path. Between the faders are the controls for the console’s powerful snapshot automation system and the switches for ten Mute Groups. At the top of the panel are the controls for System T’s flexible monitoring system which accommodates a wide range of options and supports two man operation of the console. Four additional studio monitor sections provide control over multiple studio speakers or production spaces. The five push switch encoders and their associated displays on the right hand side are freely assignable.
Multi Touch Screens
System T’s multi-gesture touch screens provide intuitive crystal clear interfaces to the console’s extensive functionality. Carefully considered and well organised GUI’s provide comprehensive, streamlined control of the entire console environment. Operational functions can all be controlled by a combination of gestural touch and hardware control via the Fader TIle Quick Encoders and the Channel Tile. Screen group assignment provides intelligent mapping of the Channel View to the screen where you are working.
Within consoles, the Channel View screen acts as the ‘primary’ operational interface in parallel with the adjacent Fader Tile. Intelligent bay switching means that any screen & tile bay can be the current primary, providing maximum operational
Tempest Control Rack
The Tempest Control Rack is a stand-alone System T control client and as such can be specified along with a Tempest Engine to create a fully functional system without a console.It can also be specified alongside consoles and other control interface options. It is a 3RU rack enclosure that contains a PC and an optional retractable 15.6" touchscreen.