System T


Advanced intuitive ergonomics

System T offers a full range of hardware control interfaces that be combined in a wide variety of ways to create precisely the right system for each installation or application. Each element of the System T control interface offers a combination of traditional broadcast production workflow and new ways for operators to control their audio environment. SSL’s deep experience with control surface ergonomics has delivered an interface that unites gestural touch screen technology, hardware control and intelligently designed workflow. It accommodates a range of working styles so that mixing engineers from a range of backgrounds can immediately benefit from its advanced capabilities.

S500 – Scalable Modular Control Surface

From a single bay to multi operator consoles

The System T - S500 control surface takes a modular approach. It offers a range of touchscreen and hardware tiles that can be combined with an optional meter bridge, within a collection of console frames to create a completely scaleable control system.

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System-T Fader Tile

The core control elements always present in an S500 large format console are a Fader Tile, large Multi Touch Screens, a Channel Tile and a Master Tile. An S500 console can have a range of console frame layouts that present these core elements along with an optional meter bridge and can include an intelligently switched screen bay, dual fader bay, or additional channel control bays. S500 can easily be scaled to suit multi-operator layouts with individual monitoring.

S500 ‘intelligent bay’ functionality means that a console which includes both channel View and Overview touch screens will automatically switch according to channel selection. If a user selects a channel in a Fader Tile within an intelligent bay the Channel View will be called to the adjacent screen and the Overview will move to the other screen.

Integrated KVM connectivity enables up to 3 external computers to be connected and displayed via the S500 touch screens. Workflow benefits include bringing other system control interfaces directly in front of the operator, while removing the need for additional computers and monitors around the console, ideal in OB vehicles and compact audio control rooms.


Multi Touch Screens

Precision multi-touch screen technology lies at the heart of the System T control environment. System T’s multi-gesture touch screens provide intuitive crystal clear interfaces to the console’s extensive functionality. Carefully considered and well organised GUI’s provide comprehensive, streamlined control of the entire console environment. Operational functions can all be controlled by a combination of gestural touch and hardware control via the Fader TIle Quick Encoders and the Channel Tile. Screen group assignment provides intelligent mapping of the Channel View to the screen where you are working.

Within consoles, the Channel View screen acts as the ‘primary’ operational interface in parallel with the adjacent Fader Tile. Intelligent bay switching means that any screen & tile bay can be the current primary, providing maximum operational flexibility.


Fader Tile

System-T Fader Tile

Fader Tiles provide hands on control over signal paths. They are freely configurable to control a variety of different signal paths with clear, bright colour coding. Each tile has 16 faders and is the same size as a main touch screen. Each tile has five layers with four banks per layer giving rapid access to 320 paths via dedicated Layer & Bank buttons. Each fader strip has a 100mm motorised fader, level meter and a collection of status LED’s covering Dynamics, De-ess mode, Dialogue Automix and Remote AFV or Production Automation control. There is a dedicated PFL Solo key plus back stop fader PFL. There are additional keys for Mute, AFL and Select, which controls a menu of tile functions in conjunction with the touch screen interface. A three line OLED delivers a variety of visual feedback of data. At the top of the strip is a context sensitive multi function Quick Encoder with three switches. Each strip features SSL’s acclaimed ‘Super-Q’ key which allows the user to spill the contributing elements or destinations for a selected fader/path across the control surface providing instant feedback and mix control either from a channel- or mix-centric view. Querying a channel shows the destinations to which the channel is routed. Querying a mix bus will show the channels that are contributing to that mix.


Channel Tile

Designed to satisfy the preferences of a wide range of operators the Channel Tile provides immediate hands-on control over any selected path. Featuring a 7 inch touchscreen with an array of push switch encoders and buttons, it offers rapid access to the full range of processing and configuration functionality for a single channel. It operates in parallel with the main touchscreen, Fader Tile Quick Encoders and with the Focus Fader in the Master Tile.

This panel also includes brightness controls for the console’s screens and displays, four user-programmable switches with displays, the power on switch, manual redundancy switch-over and USB port for Showfile upload.


Master Tile

On the left is the Focus Fader, which is assigned to the selected path and works in conjunction with the Channel Tile controls. To the right is a Master fader which can be assigned and locked to any desired path. Between the faders are the controls for the console’s powerful snapshot automation system and the switches for ten Mute Groups. At the top of the panel are the controls for System T’s flexible monitoring system which accommodates a wide range of options and supports two man operation of the console. Four additional studio monitor sections provide control over multiple studio speakers or production spaces. The five push switch encoders and their associated displays on the right hand side are freely assignable.


S300 – Compact Control surface

Streamlined Intuitive Control

The S300 is a fixed layout compact control surface that can be combined with the complete portfolio of System T control, processing and I/O options. It can be specified as part of a larger System T installation or in stand-alone configurations for smaller broadcast facilities or OB vehicles.

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S300 comes in 2 versions: 16+1 faders and 32+1 faders. It can connect to either a T25 (256 paths @ 48kHz) or a T80 (800 paths @ 48kHz) Processor Engine and runs the same software as larger System T S500 consoles.

An S300 based System T configuration offers an unrivalled balance of cost, features and performance that make it an ideal stand-alone system for smaller broadcast installations. Within larger facilities S300 is a superb additional or backup console. Complete showfile compatibility between control interfaces means production can easily move between consoles and control rooms within a facility. Where processing engines are of different sizes SSL’s unique compatibility mode allows the pre selection of channel, busses and effects resources that will be inactive on the smaller processing engine. Settings from the larger device are never lost and resources can be reassigned at any point during the show, even with audio passing.

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S300 Interface

S300 presents the extraordinary power and versatility of System T in a streamlined console layout that remains intuitive for operators with a wide range of skill levels.

Touch Screen World

At the heart of the S300 and System T is an exceptionally elegant software environment accessed and controlled using touchscreens. Channel View and Overview GUI’s present a comprehensive bigger picture view of your entire system and immediate screen tap access to a Channel Detail view.
System configuration, routing and surface layout are all done using simple, intuitive screen actions. Organising even large scale showfiles is made simple and straightforward. An HMDI output and optional screen arm facilitate use of an external overview screen.

Hands On Hardware

System T’s excellent screen interface combines with robust, responsive hardware. The S300 Fader Tile has fifteen layers with four banks per layer, giving rapid access to 960 paths via dedicated Layer & Bank buttons. Each fader strip has a 100mm motorised fader and a PFL Solo key plus back stop fader PFL. There are additional keys for Mute, AFL, Select, and a ‘Q’ key that accesses SSL’s unique Super Q system. Each strip also features a set of Quick Controls (a push switch encoder and three assignable keys) that work in combination with vertically correspondent aspects of the screen interface above. Colour flag LEDS visually indicate selected functions.

Slimline Master Section

S300 features a powerful, condensed Master Section. In the lower right area of the console a single tile combines a Monitor Section, a Focus Fader and a set of User Keys. The Monitor Section consists of main and misc monitor encoders (with displays), accompanied by DIM, CUT, and External source selection keys. The Focus Fader is a channel strip with a fader and a full set of function keys that can be set to follow the currently selected channel or locked to a specific function.

In the upper right is a tile containing a five-inch touchscreen that provides an FX rack meterviewer. Inbuilt Loudness, True Peak and Phasescope metering removes the need for external metering. The master section includes 21 physical user keys, providing immediate control of features most relevant for each production.

Remote Tiles & Touchscreens

Control wherever it is required

System T is designed for truly versatile, distributed control via a console connectivity VLAN. S300 can be specified with remote user interfaces which can combine PC’s running T-SOLSA with touchscreens and remote S500 Fader Tiles. Creation of additional operator positions in Production Galleries or additional control rooms is straightforward.

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Tempest Control Rack

The power of System T without a console in just 7RU

The Tempest Control Rack is a stand-alone System T control client and as such can be specified along with a Tempest Engine to create a fully functional system without a console. It can also be specified alongside consoles and other control interface options. It is a 3RU rack enclosure that contains a PC and an optional retractable 15.6" touchscreen. Read More