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Radio Aalsmeer Goes Digital with Lawo

The Netherlands radio station renovated its on-air studio with a new console.

Netherlands (May 16, 2019)—Radio Aalsmeer in the Netherlands has renovated its on-air studio, installing a new digital mixing console—a 16-fader Crystal surface powered by a Lawo Compact Engine—and “virtual radio” software solutions from Lawo.

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Value played a big part in the selection of Crystal, according to Lennart Bader and Niels Tenhagen, self-employed broadcast professionals who began their respective careers volunteering at Radio Aalsmeer, which is the community radio station for the town of Aalsmeer. Funds for the renovation came from donations by Rabobank and Schiphol Airport, so an eye was kept on costs.

Tenhagen says that at the start of their project, they “visited trade shows like IBC, and the Lawo Crystal quickly became our favorite. We love the clear design and quality engineering. Literally every knob and button can be programmed. We felt the Lawo Crystal offered the best value for money.”

Radio Aalsmeer’s playout system and studio computers make use of Lawo RƎLAY VSC Virtual Sound Card software, which provides eight “virtual sound card” instances for each Windows computer to allow direct exchange of audio between PC workstations and the RAVENNA/AES67 studio network.

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Another Lawo software product, RƎLAY VPB virtual patch bay, provides the station’s main switching matrix. “VPB has turned out to be super versatile and even allowed us to add additional analog in- and outputs,” says Bader. “Via the Ember+ protocol, we programmed a custom GPIO solution for tally lights and a multi-function color strip. Even our doorbell is Ember+ powered.”

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