Systems integrator and reseller ES Broadcast has completed an audio facility upgrade at the Hospital Club Studios in Covent Garden.

ES Broadcast has installed a Solid State Logic System T broadcast production environment to replace the existing 15-year-old console in the music control room.

The newly installed system allows The Hospital Club Studios to “move to a network-driven stage-box solution,” said Jonathan Lyth, ES Broadcast’s Technical Director. “The System T production environment allows audio engineers greater flexibility to move connectivity around the facility with minimal core connectivity requirements.

“This ability to quickly and easily change the audio configuration is essential for The Hospital Club Studios, where audience-based productions ranging from light entertainment and comedy panel shows to multi-stage live music performances are a staple.”

Other improvements to the studio facility were also completed. The former TV audio control room next to the main TV gallery was removed and repurposed into a multi-function space that allows studio operators to create a more comfortable production area for larger teams by moving vision control, graphic effects and replay between the main gallery and the new second gallery.

The project also included video and control upgrades, as well as new Sony OLED and JVC LCD video monitors, and the installation of new technical furniture from AKA Design.

The Hospital Club Studios’ Simon Wall said the flexibility of the SSL System T audio solution was a key consideration. “If a sound supervisor is used to another console, I can ask them how they normally set that up, and simply set it up the same way,” he said.

The new set up has a three-bay, 48-fader S500 control surface and a 16-fader remote tile which can be moved anywhere on the network, an SSL Tempest T80 800-path audio engine and a range of SSL Network I/O units both in the machine room and in flight-cased stage racks.

Staff Reporter

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