Solid State Logic has announced the Tempest Control App, offering full control of the System T production platform.

Managing all mix, routing, monitoring, set-up and automation functions, including the Systtem T suite of immersive production tools, the Tempest Control App (TCA) promises ‘an unprecedented level of production flexibility and operational adaptability’ for broadcasts of all sizes. It is a highly scalable control option for key broadcast audio applications including remote production, newsroom production, backup scenarios or anywhere a physical control surface is not required. TCA uses the same graphical user interface as found across the System T range, providing operators with a familiar experience no matter what System T control interface they are using.

Solid State Logic Tempest Control AppTCA allows broadcasters to used ultra-lightweight, high power flypack systems, consisting of only a 1U-high TE1 Tempest DSP Engine, PC or laptop running the TCA software, and I/O, providing up to 256 paths of on-site low-latency audio processing.

For more resource-intensive demands, a system with higher DSP, up to 800 channels, can be specified using the TE2 DSP engine. Combining this level of scalability with its control and processing capabilities, SSL reckons a TCA flypack to present ‘a significant step forward in what is considered possible for distributed and decentralised audio production’.

Where a remote workflow is required, a TCA system can be controlled remotely from a studio location via another control interface. This may be a large format System T console in a control room, a computer running the Tempest Control App with a connected fader tile, or simply the software interface in its most streamlined configuration. All aspects of control are available, including AoIP routing, control of the on-location preamps and mixes for local monitoring feeds.

TCA integrates with automated newsroom production platforms, including EVS, Grass Valley, Ross, Sony and Viz. Key features include channel and bus fader levels and PFL state control from the newsroom automation, with local control simultaneously available to an operator. A typical newsroom system might comprise a touchscreen, 1U-high Tempest DSP Engine, I/O and optional furniture-mounted fader tile, with a virtual machine hosting the TCA, providing a comprehensive feature-set in a package requiring little control-room or rack-room real estate.

Along with Audiotonix sister company Calrec, SSL has developed a cloud-based processing platform that has been used on a number of successful proof of concept events with broadcast partners. TCA will provide a software-based control solution that can run ‘locally’ alongside the cloud-based audio processing. The existing System T remote functionality can be used to connect another control surface that is on the ground. This may be a large-format console, a smaller console, or another instance of TCA.


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