London’s Spiritland Productions has launched a purpose-built audio OB truck based around Solid State Logic’s System T S500 audio console.
Aimed primarily at the burgeoning live music broadcast market, the new 11-metre, 18 tonne Mercedes truck, Spiritland One, features the System T S500 surface in a 3.5 bay 64-fader configuration with additional meterbridge.
Spiritland is operated by ex BBC sound supervisors Gareth Iles and Antony Shaw, and their choice of SSL and System T for the new truck goes back to work undertaken in choosing the next generation of digital consoles for the Corporation.
“The most important part of that was the listening, and the SSL sounded so much better than all the other consoles,” explains Antony Shaw.
“The EQ worked how we wanted it to work for all the music that we mix. It wasn’t a transparently digital sound; to our ears it sounded just as good as the SSL consoles of old. It’s witchcraft what they’ve done with it. And the more we used it the more we liked the interface; it’s so fast to navigate around as well.”
Featuring a redundant pair of T80 Tempest Engines and four SB 32.24 stageboxes, the configuration provides 128 mic/line inputs and processing for 800 active audio paths. As well as out and out sound quality, one of the other major reasons to go with System T for the truck was its support for Dante.