Education Installation: Illinois Center for Broadcasting


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The State Street location has two radio studios: one on-air studio and one production studio. They both have windows looking out to the street, and it's common for people on the street to peek in and watch radio being made.

There's still a view to the street in the second State studio, which is a smaller studio.

There's still a view to the street in the second State studio, which is a smaller studio.


But not long after the State Street facility was built, it was realized more space and additional studios were needed. A second Chicago facility was built a few blocks at LaSalle and Harrison. This facility features 12 radio studios. With this expansion, the LaSalle and Harrison location became the primary audio production and training facility, and video production was set up on State Street while leaving the showcase studios in place.

A real facility

To provide a real-world operational experience, the school built the State Street studios around Arrakis consoles. The Marc-15 and Arc-8 consoles were chosen because they are typical of a radio console and don't have too many unneeded features and buttons. The school also had experience with Arrakis products and likes the reliability. The automation system connects to the console via the console's USB connection. The LaSalle facility has 15 studios, and all are equipped with Arrakis Arc-8 consoles. Other equipment includes Sam Broadcaster for automation, Shure SM27 mics, PreSonus DigiMax D8 preamps, Alesis 3630 compressors, a Symetrix 6100 broadcast delay, Comrex Access codec, Tascam CD-RW900SL CD players and Adobe Audition 3.0. Belden 9451 was used to wire the facility.

All the studios also have webcams so the students can learn about video production and web streaming. Telestream Wirecast is used for switching the video from the multiple webcams.

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