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Console I/O

Versatile, scalable, comprehensive console I/O

The Routing & IO options for SSL Broadcast Consoles can be combined and scaled to give you exactly the audio connectivity and distribution you need. A wide range of products are available ensuring that the system matches both your technical and budgetary requirements. SSL I/O connects using MADI over fibre-optic cable, protecting the audio from interference and degradation so that it reaches the console in pristine condition, even in the harshest environments. Control data embedded in the fibre-optic cabling enables remote control of IO parameters (such as analogue pre-amps) from the console, as well as SNMP diagnostics.

Routing and multi console Resource Sharing is accomplished with on-board console routing and SSL's powerful MORSE system, covered here.

Alpha-Link LIVE-R
Alpha-Link LIVE-R

Low cost fixed configuration I/O

Alpha-Link LIVE-R is a versatile, low cost, high quality, fixed configuration audio converter unit. It can be used to provide local or remote I/O for both C100 HDS and C10 HD consoles or alternatively as a stand-alone format converter. Each Alpha-Link LIVE-R unit provides 24 balanced analogue inputs and outputs (with high-quality 24-bit analogue conversion) and 12 AES input and output pairs (with eight channels of 24-bit sample rate conversion). Alpha-Link LIVE-R connects to the console using fully redundant MADI over fiber to ensure absolute signal integrity and with embedded Control data, remote control of IO parameters from the console is achieved with the minimum of cabling. Alpha-Link LIVE-R includes redundant PSUs, all fitted into a compact 2U rack.

Key Features

  • Redundant MADI Fiber I/O connections
  • MADI I/O can be locked to the C10 HD and C100 HDS highly stable clocks
  • Selectable as a Clock Master device or can be externally synchronized to AES/EBU, Wordclock or video sync
  • 24 balanced Analogue I/O
  • 12 Pairs of AES Digital I/O
  • Fiber MADI guarantees pristine audio
  • Embedded control data simplifies cabling and operation
  • Analogue input/output metering via 24 tricolor LEDs
  • 56 or 64 Channel MADI modes
  • Supports Fs and 2Fs formats in either High Speed or Legacy modes
  • USB Interface for firmware updates
  • Compact 2U Rack enclosure
  • Redundant PSUs as standard


Alpha-Link LIVE-R – Stand-Alone

Alpha-Link LIVE-R can also be used as a stand-alone format converter for a wide range of applications. In stand-alone mode all input and output channels can be used simultaneously in any configuration. When used as a stand-alone converter the front panel controls for Alpha-Link LIVE-R are used for format conversion configuration.

Alpha-Link 8RMP
Alpha-Link 8RMP

Low cost fixed configuration 8 channel mic pre

The Alpha-Link 8-RMP features eight high-quality analogue mic pre-amplifiers, controlled remotely from the C10 HD and C100 HDS control surface. The 8-RMP connects to the console via the Alpha-Link LIVE-R’s balanced analogue inputs, allowing three 8-RMP modules to be connected to each Alpha-Link LIVE-R module. Each 8-RMP module is housed in a matching 2U rack, and also includes dual redundant PSUs as standard.

Key Features

  • 8 high quality microphone pre-amplifiers
  • Connects via Alpha-Link LIVE-R analogue I/O via D-Sub
  • Connects to Alpha-Link LIVE-R data bus via proprietary cable (RJ45)
  • Connect up to 3 Alpha-Link 8RMP units to a single Alpha-Link LIVE-R
  • Compact 2U Rack enclosure
  • Dual redundant PSUs as standard
MORSE Stagebox – Modular Remote I/O
Alpha-Link LIVE-R

Modular audio connectivity where you need it

The MORSE Stagebox is a modular Remote I/O unit which can be used with either C100 HDS or C10 HD consoles. MORSE Stageboxes supply audio feeds from the studio floor or any other location, with customisation and scalability giving you exactly the audio connectivity that you need. For multi-studio broadcast facilities MORSE Stageboxes can be combined with the MORSE Router to provide an extremely reliable, cost effective and scalable solution for sharing audio I/O and managing related control data.

Because the MORSE Stagebox connects via MADI over fibre-optics, you can be confident that all audio will reach the console in immaculate condition. Embedding of routing and IO parameter control on the fibre-optic cable removes the need for separate serial/Ethernet cabling and ensures that the operator never need leave the listening position.


Each MORSE Stagebox comes in a 3U chassis, offering 56 channels of IO via 14 card slots which can house a wide range of cards to suit your precise audio I/O requirements, and which can be hot-swapped, even while on air:

  • AES3 cards, offering 2 inputs and outputs, with 24 bit sample rate conversion at up to 192kHz
  • Analogue cards, offering either 4 mic/line inputs, 4 line outputs, or 4 inputs and outputs, all with 24 bit conversion at up to 48kHz, with a choice of operating levels
  • SDI Embedder/De-embedder cards (HD or SD), offering either 8 channel embedding, 8 channel de-embedding, or 4 channels of each, with high quality 24 bit sample rate conversion



The MORSE stagebox comes with redundant PSU as standard and with MADI links configurable to provide fibre-optic redundancy. Low power consumption, convection cooling and proprietary technology avoid common causes of failure and offer the silent operation that allows studio floor positioning.

  • Fibre-optic MADI guarantee pristine audio
  • Embedded control data simplifies cabling and operation
  • Customised audio card selection
  • Zero-downtime maintenance, provided through hot-swap hardware
BRIO – Modular Local I/O
Alpha-Link LIVE-R

Customised Pristine Audio Delivery

BRIO is a modular I/O unit which can be used with either C100 HDS or C10 HD consoles. It is a 7U modular rack chassis with capacity for 5 audio cards, mixed and matched to provide the number of Mic, Line and AES/EBU inputs and outputs you require, providing up to 256 channels of local IO. The BRIO rack connects to the Blackrock processor using MADI over fibre-optic cable, protecting the audio from interference and degradation so that it reaches the console in pristine condition, even in the harshest environments. Control data embedded in the fibre-optic cabling enables remote control of IO parameters (such as analogue pre-amps) from the console, as well as SNMP diagnostics.


The three card formats available for the BRIO are:

  • The mic/line input card, offering 12 inputs with high quality analogue pre-amps and 24 bit analogue conversion
  • The line IO card, offering 24 analogue inputs and outputs, with high quality 24 bit analogue conversion
  • The AES IO card, offering 64 digital inputs and outputs (32 pairs), with high quality 24 bit sample rate conversion



The BRIO comes with temperature-controlled fan cooling and redundant PSU as standard, with MADI links configurable to provide fibre-optic redundancy.

  • Fibre-optic MADI guarantee pristine audio
  • Embedded control data simplify cabling and operation
  • Customised audio card selection
Remote GPIO
Alpha-Link LIVE-R

GPIO capacity wherever you need it

The SSL remote GP IO can be ordered as two versions to provide either 24 or 48 channels of additional GP input and output connected to the console network via Ethernet. It is housed in a 1U rack mounted chassis with redundant PSUs.

Key Features

  • Provides either 24 or 48 channels of additional GP input and output
  • Connects to the console network via Ethernet
  • Compact 1U Rack enclosure
  • Redundant PSUs as standard
MADI Opti-Coax
Alpha-Link LIVE-R

MADI Opti-Coax – simple, convenient MADI cable format conversion

MADI (Multi-channel Audio Digital Interface) is an established standardised audio format that can carry up to 64 channels of audio in a single cable connection. MADI is available in two different cable/connection formats; MADI Optical (Optical Fibre cable with SC type connectors) or MADI Coaxial (Coax’ cable with BNC connectors).

The SSL ‘MADI Opti-Coax’ is a handy format converter box designed to convert up to 64 audio channels bi-directionally (64 IN & 64 OUT) between the MADI Optical and MADI Coaxial formats. Its front panel is equipped with one set of MADI SC type optical input & output connectors and one set of MADI BNC coaxial input & output connectors.

Conversion takes place in real time with no latency and no audio degradation. In addition to simple format conversion MADI Opti Coax can be used to extend cable distance coverage from 50m for the MADI Coax format to 2km for the MADI Optical format. MADI Opti-Coax is housed within a rugged all metal case and is extremely simple to use.

Key Features

  • MADI optical to coax converter
  • MADI coax to optical converter
  • Real time operation (no latency)
  • Extends your MADI distance coverage: from 50m (coax) to 2 km (optical)