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Croatia’s Nova TV Takes SSL System T AoIP Networking On the Road

Nova TV, a commercial national television network in Croatia, has installed a Solid State Logic System T networked broadcast audio production environment (with built-in Dante networked audio-over-IP capability) into its new 27-ton mobile production truck, HD OB Van 3.

The new truck has already been used on several large-scale broadcasts, including the Croatian version of “Your Face Sounds Familiar (Tvoje Lice Zvuči Poznato),” the Ultra Music Festival in Split, and several large sporting events.

“I wanted to move to the SSL platform, not only because of the console itself, which is fantastic, but because we can now use the Dante Network for everything,” said Mario Derdić, Technical Producer at Nova TV. “We have bought Dante interfaces for our live consoles, so now we don’t need splitters. We just use a switch and network connections to run the front-of-house and monitors for the audience. I'm now going to buy other Dante components for the rest of the system. All you need is power and the redundant network connections to any rack and you're up and running.”

The truck's SSL console consists of a 48-fader main surface with full meter bridge, plus the Tempest engine and a redundant Dante network. SSL Network I/O Stageboxes provide inputs and outputs for sources outside the truck, while more network I/O units provide SDI, AES, and analogue I/O inside the truck.

Sound engineer Ivan Mrkoci at the new SSL System T console in Nova TV’s HD OB Van 3.

Sound engineer Ivan Mrkoci at the new SSL System T console in Nova TV’s HD OB Van 3.

An SSL Network IO SDI embedder/de-embedder with both Dante and MADI connectivity is used to embed audio tracks from the network onto the multiple video channels, recorded onto Rode & Schwarz Venice video servers.

“We record up to 12 video channels,” said Derdić. “And on each camera output we can embed eight audio channels, so we use this for multitrack audio recording. When we download the material for post-production we already have everything synched.”

In addition, there are two computers with Dante Virtual Soundcard software installed: one for playout, and one for multitrack audio backup to a Steinberg Nuendo digital audio workstation.

“It's the first time we've ever used a Solid State Logic broadcast console, so it's very new to us,” said Derdić. “I was a little concerned about routing at the beginning. We have very complicated routing in our productions because you have to send many signals to every video machine, every SDI channel, the in-ear monitoring, and so on. It has to be as simple as possible to manage.”

System T uses both physical identities and logical identities for the Dante network I/O, with a layered tagging and filtering system. Combined with Dante's distributed routing and plug-and-play discoverability features, any input or output anywhere on the network is easy to find at any time, without the need for proprietary crosspoint routing systems.

“When you're mixing and even routing things during a show you need the console to react as fast you do,” said Ivan Mrkoci, Sound Engineer on the new Nova TV truck. “The touchscreen is extremely fast and you can do a lot of things on the main screen without needing to get into sub menus.”

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