Mountlake Terrace, WA (July 23, 2008)–Veteran studio designer James Hibbard, president of Pacific Mobile Recorders, specified an AirTools 6100 Broadcast Audio Delay in his design and construction of a studio for Dan Patrick, former longtime anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Patrick recently launched a nationally syndicated radio show on Premiere Radio Networks. Integrated into Patrick’s network operations center, the studio relies on a fairly standard air signal chain. For starters, four AKG C4500B-BC mics feed as many Symetrix 528E Voice Processors.
The AirTools 6100 is the final link before heading out to the network. An RCS/Prophet Systems NexGen Digital communicates with the 6100 via a DB-25 connector to produce the four closures necessary to keep the affiliates in perfect synch. “In my experience, the AirTools 6100 is the easiest profanity delay to set up,” said Hibbard. “It fits in a single rack space, all of the controls and setup can be done from the front panel, and the relays are simple, reliable dry contacts. Moreover, we can see that the closures are going down right on the front of the box so there’s never any question or confusion about the state of the system.”
While most traditional profanity delays are set near six or seven seconds, The Dan Patrick Show uses a whopping forty seconds of delay. “With so much liability on the line and so many affiliates,” Hibbard explained, “missing a profanity would be catastrophic. The AirTools 6100 gives us the ability to select our own dump lengths. For Dan, we have it set up to dump in 10-second increments. You press it once, you dump 10 seconds; press it again; you dump 20 seconds, and so on up to 40. More importantly, after a dump the 6100 makes up time between breaths so it’s perfectly transparent. The last thing we want is for Dan to sound like a chipmunk!”