London, UK (June 7, 2013)—Absolute Radio, one of the UK's three analog Independent National Radio stations, recently added a PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 digital console to its mobile setup.
As Dean Woodcock, the station's head of broadcast technology and IT, explains, the StudioLive filled a number of needs for both functionality and portability. "Absolute Radio are recording more and more sessions outside our main Soho studios, often in more unique venues where a PA isn't necessarily part of the setup. We needed a solution that was compact, portable, fully featured, and that could multitask as a FOH unit, as well as take care of our recording for broadcast. The StudioLive appealed straight away. From a live perspective it can handle both FOH and monitors and offers up a range of I/O options and onboard processing, while handling the multitrack recording, as well, with a single click, via Capture-all from the same unit."
The StudioLive 16.0.2 has also been an asset to Absolute Radio's outside broadcasting setup, Woodcock adds. "We broadcast live from a number of summer festivals, including Isle of Wight, Hard Rock Calling, Latitude and many others. We used to bring an entire remote-station setup in the back of two tail-lift vans, but the StudioLive has enabled us to dramatically streamline the setup, while giving us even more flexibility. For example, we soundchecked and mixed Squeeze through the board while it was being used to broadcast the breakfast show live from Isle Of Wight, then put the band to air to close the show."
Woodcock cites a wide cross-section of remote gigs recorded since adding the StudioLive, including last year's Absolute Radio Christmas Sessions from St Barnabus' Chapel, featuring Tori Amos, Doves, and Mumford & Sons, as well as the recent Absolute Radio Presents Biffy Clyro at the Houses of Parliament. "For both of those, we used [the StudioLive] to deliver both FOH and monitors, as well as to multitrack the events," he says.