One Becomes Two at WETA

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As I write this, we are still making improvements to the room. The existing copy stand needs to be rebuilt to fit the new console, and the guest positions need to be rewired for use with Axia nodes for cough switches and headphones. But other than that, it is a fairly complete build, and has had very few issues since being put back on the air. Fortunately none of the issues have required any actual downtime of the console or the room.

In summary, I don't think a project like this is possible without prior planning, having a backup plan, and the flexibility of an audio over IP system. Without all three of these, this would have taken much longer, and be much more complex.

Disecting a Console

console 1
Console 2
Console 3
Console 4

Equipment List

Axia Audio Element, various Nodes
Benchmark HPA-1
BetaBrite Alpha
Burk ARC-16
Dell OptiPlex GX620
DynAudio Acoustics speakers
ESE analog clock
Gentner DH30
Inovonics Model 510
Lilliput 10" LCD Screen
Marantz PMD340
Middle Atlantic blank panels, rack shelves, vent panels
NAD 4300
Neumann TLM103, U87
O.C. White mic arms
Radio Design Labs ST-SH2
Raspberry Pi
Sony PCM-R500
Torpey digital clock
Windtech pop guard

Harrison is assistant chief engineer of WETA-FM, Washington, DC.

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