Irthlingborough, UK (July 24, 2006)–In June 2006, Westcountry Broadcast completed the installation of the radio studios for Atlantic FM, the new license holders for Cornwall in the far southwest of England. As part of their installation, they selected the Sonifex S2 analog and digital mixer to form the heart of the station’s operations.
Atlantic FM. a partnership between Tindle Radio Group and Cornwall-based Camel Media, is transmitting on 107 & 105.1MHz across the whole county, like their commercial rivals Pirate FM and BBC Radio Cornwall. The new station is based in a newly constructed building on the site of a former tin mine on the cliffs near St. Agnes in Cornwall, overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean.
Two identical studios were constructed based around a Sonifex S2 30-channel mixer. Each mixer was fully populated with input channels: four mics, two telco, one mix minus/isdn, five stereo automation, one stereo news and two stereo CD including a custom 10 channel-width script tray. The ensemble was housed in custom studio furniture designed and manufactured by Westcountry Broadcast.
Westcountry also linked the playout system to the on-air routing system in a unique way. Nick Beer, company principal of Westcountry Broadcast, commented, “The playout system was RCS Master Control 15, run with RCS Selector. With RCS we ensured integrated control of the routing system from the software. RCS previously worked predominantly with another console and used the remote channel switching to switch in IRN during automated periods. We designed an alternative and more elegant solution using a Sonifex RB-SS10 GPI controlled mixer/switcher, which provides a pre-mix prior to the automation input of the Sonifex Station Master, which is the main station router. This means that both studios are offline and available for production, training or maintenance during automated periods.”
All distribution and amplification was by Sonifex, telephone call handling utilized Broadcast Bionics Phonebox 2 system and a Sonifex telephone balance unit was used in the news editing and production area.