SIBENIK, Croatia — A new HARMAN Studer OnAir 2500 has been commissioned by the independent broadcaster Radio Sibenik in Croatia.
Radio Sibenik has a long history of using both Studer and Soundcraft equipment since being set up in 1968 as a local radio station for the city of Sibenik. The latest Studer acquisition was specified by the station’s Director of Production, Ante Baric.
Mr. Baric confirmed that the Studer on-air console will form the heart of a new studio, built for broadcast continuity — and designed to feature DJ only, or DJ andannouncer, news presenter or guests.
During the acquisition process, he said, the station considered the requirements of their programming and matched this to the available options on the market offering the necessary features. Other considerations included how the desk would be serviced, and whether the cost would be appropriate to the broadcaster’s budget. Studer ticked all the boxes.
Radio Sibenik’s programmingis basedon news andspecialist sports, politics and culture — with lots of pop and easylisteningmusic. They were therefore clear about the features required. “We neededa sufficient number ofinputs andoutputs(the more thebetter), endurance and reliability and flexibility of equipment,” said Mr. Baric.
Utilising the same technology platform as the OnAir 3000, Studer’s OnAir 2500 digital all-in-one console provides a new benchmark in ease-of-use for radio broadcast. The control surface, I/O breakout, DSP Core and power supply are all integrated within a single compact chassis, although this had not been one of the pre-requisites for the radio station.
The order was duly placed with Studer dealer, AVC Zagreb, who provided the OnAir 2500configuredwith sixmicrophoneinputs,threestereo lineinputs,two linemonoinputs,fourstereoAESinputs and a FireWire input. Outputs include astereoAESPGMoutput,stereoline outputfor recording,stereoline outputfor internetstreaming and a further stereolineoutput for connectionwithanother studio. In addition there is a talkback/monitoring module.
The console takes feeds from microphones, PC with digital multi-channel sound card or FireWire output, CD player, two telephone hybrids and FM tuner for control.
Although the new OnAir 2500 will operate in stand-alone mode the station is considering adding a Studer CMS Lite on-air telephone system for call management at a later stage.
“For now though,” concludes Ante Baric, “I am extremely satisfied with the new console.”
About Radio Sibenik
RadioSibenikwasestablished in 1968as a localradio stationfor the city ofSibenik, with an MWtransmitter. In 1972 it beganbroadcastingon the FMband.In 1985 the station movedinto a new buildingwithseparate broadcast andproduction studio — among the equipment purchased were six Studer B67 tape recorders, twoRevoxPR99 and two Studer 727 CD players. In1993, they acquired a new Soundcraft SAC 200 mixingconsole. Since 1996 Radio Sibenik has been equippedwith threeFMtransmitters,broadening its listening baseacross theSibenik-Knin Countyand beyond. In 2011 they relocated again into a new building in preparation fordigital broadcasting and operating without any analogue devices such as turntables and tape recorders.
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