SSL SystemT TCR Flypack

AMSTERDAM – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading provider of advanced technology for creative audio professionals is proud to showcase the new System T - Tempest Control Rack in a ‘TCR Flypack’ remote production configuration at IBC 2017.

SSL’s System T is a powerful set of network objects that include processing engines, traditional audio IO devices and control interfaces (both mixing console surfaces and PC based control via T-SOLSA). The new (Tempest Control Rack) provides a rack based control interface for System T that can be used as part of an installed facility but is also ideally suited to remote production challenges.

Direct control of broadcast mix without the need for a physical console has been a running request for many years in the broadcast industry. The Tempest Control Rack (TCR) is a direct response to this, allowing broadcasters and integrators to build modular systems from System T components where a traditional broadcast console is not required or not appropriate. TCR is launched alongside the new lower power and lower cost T25 Tempest Engine option, and together these new additions expand the flexibility and scalability of SSL’s System T range. In addition to these core components SSL offers a desktop and VESA mount 22” touch screen, or furniture mountable open frame 21” touch screen plus a furniture mountable fader tile with 16 faders and full 15 layer, 4 bank controls. SSL’s T-SOLSA software works alongside TCR as an online remote control from any network connected PC.

TCR and Tempest Engines can be combined with any SSL Network IO or 3rd party Dante and AES67 products to build large, scalable AoIP infrastructures. Network IO and Dante products can be controlled and routed directly from TCR or System T surfaces and via many 3rd party routing control systems via the Dante API. Audinate's Dante provides complete interoperability, including audio transport, registration and capability discovery, plus configuration and routing control across over 1000 commercially available products from more than 350 manufacturers.

Examples of usage cases for TCR based systems include production automation and remote flypack applications. SSL System T is compatible with Ross Overdrive, GV Ignite, Sony ELC, and Vizrt Mosart Production Automation. As a remote production tool TCRs built into flypacks used at sporting events can be remotely controlled over a network or controlled at the venue using USB connected fader tiles and dedicated touch screens. TCR could also be used to build a modular furniture mounted small System T control surface, for instance in a production gallery. TCR could also be used to build a backup console in a control room with a large System T surface. SSL’s System T range includes complete showfile compatibility across all surfaces, TCR, and processing engine options.

The Tempest Control Rack (TCR) consists of a 3 RU PC enclosure with an optional retractable 15.6” touchscreen. TCR runs the complete System T control software and so acts as a stand-alone control interface for a System T installation. The custom screen mounting system enables the screen to be used at a wide range of angles, allowing the unit to be mounted in a traditional 19” rack or in angled studio furniture. TCR features dual PSU, Primary and Secondary OCP Network Connections, Primary and Secondary Dante Network connections, Studio Integration Network connections (for production automation systems) and SSL Network connectivity for other System T control interfaces or T-SOLSA control from any PC on the network. There are HDMI and DVI-D video outputs, plus front and rear panel USB connections for Keyboard, Mouse and USB storage devices.

The Tempest Processor Engine is the heart of System T and uses SSL’s patented Optimal Core Processing for real-time, 64-bit CPU-based, floating point mixing and processing. The release of the new T25 Engine means the Tempest processing engine is available in 2 different sizes; the T80 (800 paths) and the T25 (256 paths). The introduction of the T25 provides a cost effective lower capacity processing option for use with both TCR and a System T Surface. Paths and processing can be dynamically allocated in real time without interrupting audio. With up to 3072 inputs and 3072 Network outputs per engine, System T can handle any large-scale production. Tempest engines can be deployed as mirrored redundant pairs if required.