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Four Heil Sound PR 40 dynamic broadcast microphones surround the interview table. Each mic uses a Heil Sound microphone stand, because its footprint is smaller. The producer uses a Heil Sound mic, and another is at the console for self-engineered broadcasts. The PR 40 was chosen for its flat frequency response and articulation with a midrange rise at 5kHz.

The previous world panels were incapable of handling the different audio formats available today. Using Studio Hub products, four new interface panels were built. Analog sends and receives are available in XLR, RCA, ¼", and ⅛" as well as S/PDIF and AES. All analog signals are balanced and level-matched. The S/PDIF signals are converted to and from AES3. Now the studio can easily accommodate the many different types of professionals that visit the Paley Center.

The output signal is sent into a Telos Zephyr Xstream codec for ISDN transmission to networks like Air America, National Public Radio, and on radio stations from as far away as California and Washington State.

Audio editing

Audio is edited in the Ralph Guild Studio using Digidesign Pro Tools. A Heil PR 40 mic and stand, Telos phone hybrids, CD players and 360 Systems Digicart machines have also been installed.

New York City is one of the country's two locations for the Paley Center for Media. The other is on the West Coast. In Beverly Hills, at 465 Beverly Drive, near Rodeo Drive is the Los Angeles branch of the Paley Center. It opened in 1996 in the new Leonard H. Goldenson building, and features a duplicate of the collection found in New York. The building is two stories high and has a screening room and art gallery, the Bud Yorkin Balcony encircling the second floor, Stanley E. Hubbard Library and adjacent Console Center, John H. Mitchell Theater, Ahmanson Radio Listening Room, and just like its New York cousin, the Ralph Guild Radio Studio. There are plans to upgrade this studio and outfit it with video equipment and move it streetside with a window facing the sidewalk.

At a time when radio has gone corporate and television has turned to reality, the Paley Center for Media will be there to remind us that radio and television will always be an American art form, and thus deserves preservation.

Equipment List

Sierra Automated Systems Rubicon SL-16
360 Systems Digicart
Daking Mic-Pre IV
Denon DN-C680
Digidesign Pro Tools
Genelec 8030A
Heil Sound PR 40
Krone blocks
Radio Sytem Studio Hub+
Rane PEQ 55
Tascam DA-30, 122 MKII
TC Electronic M-One XL
Telos 2×12, One, Zephyr Xstream

Singer is a freelance writer and former radio engineer based in Cincinnati.

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