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05.06.2010
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
NEP Studio 54 installs SSL C100 HD for ‘Colbert Report’

NEP Studio 54 recently installed a 48-fader Solid State Logi C100 HD console to handle the audio for Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” NEP has upgraded two studios for full HD production: Studio 52, where Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is produced, and, most recently, Studio 54. The success of the C100 HD in Studio 52 inspired the purchase of a second SSL for Studio 54.

“The production company for ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ was thrilled with the SSL experience in Studio 52, so when it came time to upgrade Studio 54 for ‘The Colbert Report,’ they chose to use another C100 HD,” said George Hoover, chief technology officer for NEP. “We have used the original C100 HD for over two years and are very happy with the results, especially with the music segments and the capability of 5.1 surround mixing. The C100 HD interfaces with our Pro Tools system, so we can go back and forth to do fairly sophisticated audio posting on the segments for DVD release. Now we have this capability for ‘The Colbert Report.’”

The video and audio control rooms for “The Colbert Report” are three floors above the production studio, with the C100 HD interfaced directly into the console’s pre-amps to pick up the microphones from the studio floor. The console also interfaces to the rest of the studio system for playback elements, protocols, multitracks, etc.

“We used to use a fairly straight forward analog console, but we really needed the power we have with the C100 HD,” Hoover said. “We try to get as accurate a show as possible on the first pass, so the recall function on the C100 HD becomes very important for the multiple segments we need to record. Having this capability minimizes mistakes and gives us a much better, repeatable quality.”

The show is essentially a sitcom that gives the appearance of being a traditional newscast. The addition of music performances demanded a higher-quality sound.

“We needed a really good, warm sound, and the C100 HD gives us just that,” Hoover said. “Our music producers who come into the show are used to working on SSL consoles, so they’re immediately comfortable with the setup in the room. The artists also bring in their own engineers, and, again, the SSL is a known factor. Our engineers can now concentrate on creativity and not worry over how to just get a show done. The C100 HD is the right tool for this job.”

NEP provides state-of-the-art facilities, engineering expertise and technical management to support the production of major broadcast events and programs around the globe.



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