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The studios consist of a master control room, newsroom, production studio, voice booth, and engineering room. At the center of the master control room (MCR) is a Wheatstone Evolution E6 console with 12 faders in a 16-channel frame. Using the programmable buttons the operator can reconfigure the E6 console for the specific needs of the morning, midday, drive shows or voicetracking with a single button press. There are three monitors above the console: to the left is the SS32v5 playout system; the center monitor is connected to the E6, which displays audio meters and allows for configuration; and the monitor on the right is for an Internet/production system, which can be used for voicetracking, show prep, recording and editing of phone calls, etc. A Telos Desktop Director routes phone calls from the Telos NX6 through to the E6.

Production. Photo by Shane Macaulay.

Production. Photo by Shane Macaulay.

There are three microphones in MCR, one for the host/operator, one for the co-host and the third for a guest. Wheatstone GP-4S mic on/off/cough/talkback panels mounted in custom turrets give the co-host and guest control of their respective microphones. The co-host position is also equipped with an Internet computer workstation.

To the host's right is the newsroom, complete with two edit stations that are both capable of producing news elements and going to air. In lieu of a traditional news mixer, Wheatstone SBC-4F four-channel sideboards were installed. While normally selected to sources within the newsroom each fader on the Sideboard is capable of bringing up anything connected to the Wheatnet IP system. Burli Newsroom System software facilitates writing and recording of news stories and interviews and allows easy collaboration between the newsrooms in Cobourg and Peterborough.

Production room B. Photo by Shane Macaulay.

Production room B. Photo by Shane Macaulay.

To the host's left is the voice booth. The voice booth was designed to work with MCR, the production studio or in stand-alone mode for voicetracking. A Wheatstone GP-8 control panel, complete with custom scripts, allows the vocal booth operator to select one of the three modes. When MCR mode is selected, the microphone, talkback and headphone feeds are routed to MCR. When Prod is selected, the microphone, talkback and headphone feeds are removed from MCR and routed to the Production studio. When Voicetrack is selected, the microphone and headphone feeds are removed from both studios and routed to the voicetracker workstation via utility mixers in the Wheatstone Blades. Talkback is disabled.

The production studio is equipped with a Wheatstone Evolution E1 console, which can be switched to air in the event MCR is offline. Adobe Audition CS5.5 was chosen as the audio editing software for production.

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