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Corus Quay's Waterfront Radio Waves
The three on-air studios are housed on the ground floor, and the production facilities are on the second floor, adjacent to the sales and traffic departments. There are five Pro Tools production rooms with C/24 control surfaces. Four voice-over booths serve these studios. All the mics in the voice-over booths are tied to the Pro Tools systems and the Wheatstone audio network.
While three stations currently reside here, the plan allowed for a fourth station to be added later. As it is built, the radio facilities can also originate two network feeds as needed.
Each station has a master control room, small voice track room (a smaller control room) and a booth sandwiched between the two.
The Edge studio is very large, but it includes the live performance space. Measuring 30' x 60', the studio has public access -- listeners can walk into the studio. It features an elevated floor with small performance stage, a lighting grid and PA. As was mentioned earlier, large doors can be opened to allow visiting bands to play to the beach.
This live interaction approach is not new to the station. Corus' experience with street studio radio began 15 years ago at the previous studios on Young Street.
Q107 is also experienced with street studio radio. It had a facility in the Hard Rock Cafe Toronto. The new studio is also set up for live on-air performances, albeit in a smaller space. A drum set and guitars fit comfortably. The morning show, hosted by Kim Mitchell, regularly has live guests. Mitchell is a professional musician as well, working solo and previously with a group called Max Webster. (He had a major solo hit in 1984 called Go For Soda.) Q107 also has a Pro Tools rack system, which Mitchell uses on the air with live bands. He also plays guitar on the air at times.
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