Rastatt, Germany (July 23, 2020)—Switzerland’s bilingual Canal 3 Radio recently completed a new studio outfitted with Lawo’s ruby on-air console combined with a Power Core DSP mixing engine.
Designed for dual duty as both a pre-production studio and a substitute on-air space, this is the third studio to be equipped with Lawo radio products at Canal 3, which broadcasts on two frequencies in the cantons of Berne and Solothurn and originates programs in both Swiss German and French. Zurich-based system integrator SLG Broadcast AG provided consulting, construction, installation and commissioning of the broadcast technology and studio furnishings.
The new ruby console features a workflow-optimized split-frame setup, with a 12-fader main mixing surface for DJs and an additional 4-fader module for in-studio newscasters. This unique configuration allows radio presenters to work independently, using physically separate portions of the same mixing surface, which are flush-mounted to enhance studio ergonomics.
Canal 3 has relied on Lawo for many years. “The two existing production studios for German and French-language programs were first equipped with Lawo zirkon mixing consoles in 2010 and 2011,” explains Benedikt Hurni, sales and operations manager at SLG Broadcast, “and at the end of 2016, these studios were upgraded to sapphire consoles.” Additionally, a mobile studio setup consisting of three flight cases was commissioned by SLG in 2018, utilizing a 12-fader ruby console with Power Core.
According to the station’s program director, Kevin Gander, “Our old pre-production studio had rather low-budget equipment. Thanks to financial support from our government for technical advancement projects, it was finally possible to build a proper third studio — and using radio technology with which we have had good experience for years, in terms of both quality and reliability.”
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