Rastatt, Germany (September 12, 2016)—Astro Radio in Malaysia now delivers news and traffic to more than 12 million listeners every week via the Lawo Virtual Radio Consoles in its new studios.
“We’re seeing more and more broadcasters interested in Virtual Consoles,” according to Michael Dosch, director of virtual radio projects for Lawo. “They’ve watched the IT world gain cost benefits from virtualization, and they realize they can also save money too and gain flexibility by upgrading from physical consoles and peripherals to a virtual studio infrastructure. In fact, some broadcasters are telling us they can save thousands by building a Virtual Radio environment.”
Astro Radio’s Lawo system is comprised of DSP-based Compact Engines, which mix audio and provide I/O, and touchscreen Virtual Consoles powered by Lawo Vistool software. A Lawo Nova 29 router bridges the new system with Astro’s legacy routing gear.
Bala Murali Subramaney, Astro Radio’s vice president of engineering and technology, explains that deploying touchscreen-controlled “virtual” consoles allowed his team of engineers to construct custom mixing interfaces. Using touchscreen controls, operators can route and combine inputs from external sources, mix audio, record and edit interviews, then send their productions to air, without touching a single physical fader.