Digital Radio Studio and Radio Station Packages
This presentation describes digital radio studio and radio station packages from Clyde Broadcast based around our SYNERGY Integrated Digital Broadcast Centres.
The first few slides provide some background about the make-up of radio programs..which is why we need the equipment!
Programs are made-up of a number of events, some will be LIVE and some will have been pre-recorded
These events are combined into a Running Order or Program Schedule
Program running order
In a modern digital radio station most of the pre-recorded content is stored on a server or PC
This is sometimes augmented by content from CD players and SD-type recorder/players
Content is accessed via PCs which are connected via a broadcast network
It is also generally possible to create new content at any network connected PC, and save this to the server
NEWSROOM SHEDULING WORKSTATION
Irrespective of the technology involved, or the makes and models of equipment used, the process of making and broadcasting programs will be the same:
ACQUISITION PRODUCTION SCHEDULING BROADCAST
This is the process of adding content to the server Music will generally be ripped from CDs, be downloaded or
transferred from network connected devices Ads, Jingles, Trailers, Promos will usually be recorded in-
house or will arrive from an external production company Adding new music and content from external production
companies can be done at an office-based PC, connected to the network (running suitable software) and need not tie-up a studio
Recordings involving microphones should be made in studios!
This is the process of managing the library the filing system which determines where content gets saved
It involves adding data and information to each new item song info, intro and outro markers etc
It allows new music (and other items) to have Search criteria added artist and label details, release dates, chart position etc
It allows conversion between different audio file formats Many of these tasks can also be undertaken at an office
This is the process of creating program templates sometimes called clock hours, and populating them
The population process involves importing ad-breaks, ensuring that they will be played at the correct times, and making sure that the music rotation rules are followed
Program schedules can also include instructions to the presenter
Schedules for both Live and Automated programs can be created
Reports can be generated for royalty and billing purposes These tasks can also be undertaken at an office workstation
In LIVE broadcasts it is the DJs task to follow the program schedule and make sure everything happens at the correct time and in the correct order
In AUTOMATED broadcasts, when there is no-one in the studio, the software controls the playout, ensuring correct content gets played at the correct times
Broadcasts take place from On-Air studios In more sophisticated studios it is possible to undertake
background tasks at the same time as broadcasting obviously making better use of the facility
Benefits of scheduling
The use of schedules ensures that: Music gets played in-line with the stations policy, with
desired rotation of songs The DJ does not get to decide which songs get played ADs get played when they should, and a record of
WHEN they are played is kept for billing purposes No unscheduled content gets slipped-in Reports for billing (ads) and royalty payments (music)
are created automatically Automation is simplified
How many studios? Do you plan to broadcast 24/7? Do you plan to include regular news bulletins? Do you plan to create some of the news in-house? Do you plan to play commercials? Do you plan to make some commercials in-house? Do you plan to undertake production in-house?
YOU WILL NEED A MINIMUM OF TWO STUDIOS
If the answer to any of these questions is YES,
By undertaking some tasks at office workstations you can reduce the burden on studio time.
Tech or Self-Op?
In Tech-Op arrangements there is a technician in the control room operating equipment, with presenter and guests in a separate Talks Studio
In Self-Op arrangements the presenter/DJ operates the equipment with guests in the same room
Tech or Self-Op?
Music-oriented commercial stations tend to favour the Self-Op style.
The Tech-Op style was favoured more by state broadcasters, and for programs where there is a high speech content, requiring production guidance from the control room
Tech-Op broadcasting obviously requires an additional acoustically treated room
In two studio radio stations it is useful to have one studio equipped for Self-Op and a second (with Talks Studio) as a Tech-Op also useful for making in-house recordings.
Ripping Software Record and Edit Software Production Software Scheduling Software Automation Software PC/Server PC Configuration Hardware installation Software installation Software configuration Soundcards Screen and drivers GPIO Cards Audio Mixer Mixing Processor Inter-connection cables
+ someone to make this lot work TOGETHER!
Ripping Software Record and Edit Software Production Software Scheduling Software Automation Software PC/Server PC Configuration Hardware installation Software installation Software configuration Soundcards Screen and drivers GPIO Cards Audio Mixer Mixing Processor Inter-connection cables A SINGLE PLUG AND PLAY PACKAGE CONTAINING ALL OF THE ABOVE, FROM ONE SUPPLIER
Scrap these separate
The SYNERGY approach
Mixer control surface with 8 freely ASSIGNABLE channel strips and the ability to create and store unlimited user preset configurations. May add a second control surface if more than 8 faders are required.
Master processing unit the digital brains of the system with inputs for sources, monitoring and outputs
Touchscreen, working in conjunction with mixer control surface, mouse and keyboard
Industrial rack-mount PC with 1Tb + 1Tb HDDs and two channel sound-card, providing five playback audio channels into MPU; can be used stand-alone or with a server
Benefits of the SYNERGY approach The audio mixer, the various software applications and the associated IT hardware, including sound and interface cards, together with loudspeaker and headphone amplifiers and guest remote interfaces account for the lions share of studio equipment. The SYNERGY approach offers many user benefits: A single point of contact for (all) equipment A single commercial transaction and delivery logistics A single point of contact for supply, installation, training and support The ability to jointly access mixer, playout system and server, remotely,
for support purposes Plug and play operation the system can be totally pre-configured No opportunity to blame other suppliers for any problems! Many unique features as a result of the integration between core studio
What else is needed in the studios
Microphones For presenter and guests (with appropriate mountings)
CD Player (s) For presenter and guests
Telephone Balance Unit(s) With handsets and if required GSM Interfaces or multi-line systems for sophisticated markets
Loudspeakers For control room (and possibly Talks Studio) monitoring
Headphones For presenter and guests
Indicators MIC LIVE and ON AIR
Our Synergy Studio Packages Bronze Core Silver Core
Our Synergy Studio Packages Bronze Studio
Our Synergy Studio Packages Silver Studio
Bronze or Silver?
The Bronze Packages have single 8-fader control surfaces Even though there are only 8 faders (and associated
controls) you still have access to ALL of SYNERGYS inputs, as the mixer is FULLY ASSIGNABLE
Any fader can have any input connected to it it is easy to select and ASSIGN using on-screen menus
The name of the active source appears in the display above the fader
Different combinations of sources can be saved as individual USER CONFIGURATIONS and easily recalled
This ensures that each presenter gets the sources they need for their program, in the order they prefer them
Bronze or Silver?
This screen-shot, which is accessed in the On Air studio, shows typically available sources:
Bronze or Silver?
With a Bronze Package, the maximum number of SIMULTANEOUS inputs that you can control at any time is 8 there are only 8 faders
As mentioned before, you can easily re-assign different sources at any time
HOWEVER, if your program requires you to have simultaneous access to more than 8 sources you will need a Silver Package, which has 16 faders
This is generally required if you have lots of source equipment
When a single studio is not enough In the old days radio st