System T - S300Network Native Compact Broadcast Console

System Elements

The perfect balance of power and control

There are three main elements to System T S300 installation: an S300 control surface that can be combined with other consoles, remote hardware, software and touch screen technology, a Dante AoIP based Routing & I/O system which combines SSL’s own Dante based Network I/O range with over 1000 third party Dante enabled products (or AES67 or SMPTE 2110-30 devices), and a Tempest Engine that delivers the most powerful and versatile audio processing available today.

Fully Networked Control

SSL has nearly four decades of classic audio console design legacy with many of the hardware and software control surface paradigms taken as standard today having first appeared on an SSL console. S300 is part of System T, SSL’s next generation of broadcast console design. System T is a fully networked control environment so S300 can be combined with modular large format S500 consoles, remotely located computers or touch screen terminals, and remote hardware panels. Up to three Control Interfaces can share a single or redundant pair of processor engines simultaneously. The System T approach to remote control capability enables true network native facility wide control infrastructure design.

Routing & I/O

With System T, Dante AoIP network technology (with complete AES 67 capability) replaces traditional TDM routing with an ecosystem that offers a wide range of operational and commercial benefits. Dante is a licensed IP Audio Network technology which uses standard IT infrastructure for audio transport, routing, device discovery and control. Dante is high capacity, incredibly versatile and fully scalable. A single gigabit network connection can carry 512 audio channels at 48kHz, or 256 channels at 96kHz. With 512 audio channels bi-directionally on a 1GB connection, a single 24 Port GB Switch is capable of equivalent routing capacity to a 12,288 by 12,288 TDM router. Expansion of a network is not subject to the square law growth required when expanding TDM routing systems; additional switches and capacity can be deployed without replacing core hardware.

Dante offers fully interoperable system design; over 350 licensed development partners with more than 1000 devices commercially available enabling you to select and combine devices from different manufacturers. The system includes full current AES67 and future ready SMPTE 2110-30 audio transport capability. System T offers full routing control of the Dante network from within our consoles and control interfaces. Routing control can be achieved from an unlimited number of devices or network terminals. Dante employs full plug and play device discovery enabling devices to be moved around the network and re-connected with settings intact. Fully redundant network topologies widely used and proven in many IT applications provide the security required for Broadcast infrastructures. SSL Network I/O interfaces bring renowned SSL audio performance to Dante networks. They can be used to complete powerful facility wide systems. Six different devices offer mic/line analogue, MADI, AES and SDI embed/deembed capability wherever it is required. System T Control Interfaces and SSL Dante Control Software offer remote control over SSL mic/line I/O across the network.

Processor Engine(s)

Tempest processor engines deploy SSL’s patented Optimal Core Processing (OCP) software using arrayed industrial PC hardware in a controlled operating environment. Housed in a 4RU chassis there are two different Engines available, The T80 (offering 800 path capacity) and the T25 (offering 256 path capacity). Paths and processing can be dynamically allocated in real time without interrupting audio. With 3072 inputs and 3072 outputs per engine, System T can handle any large-scale production. Tempest engines can be deployed as mirrored redundant pairs and if required each engine can be placed in separate fire zones. Near instant audio changeover happens via up to 6 Network I/O HC bridging cards, each providing 512 channels of inputs and 512 outputs.