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The entire console swap was completed over a long weekend. On a Friday afternoon, Bob Page was joined by Jim Armstrong and Jim Kuzman of Axia and the Telos Alliance, Buck Waters from BGS, and some local Orlando engineers got to work pulling the old consoles out. The previous consoles had all discrete wiring, so that was removed as well. Then the collars were installed.
Once the old wiring was removed, a new CAT-5 cable was run between each studio and the rack room. This simplified installation and made it possible to complete the project over the weekend.
The old mic processors had been removed earlier, but they were not replaced because the Axia has built-in processing on board.
On Monday, Jeff McGinley came in to help tie down some loose ends and have the studio ready for use on Tuesday. The new studios were first used on Sept. 6, 2012.
Another addition was the BSI Op-X automation system. While it's not expected a visiting station will run a full show from the studio with music from a playlist, it is possible. The Op-X replaced a cartwall audio player, and in doing so provides greater flexibility to visiting stations.
When stations visit the park, most of them use ISDN to connect back to their home stations. A few have used a POTS codec, and a few have used an IP codec.
But visiting stations are not confined to the studios. While spending extended time outside in the hot Florida sun is seldom preferred over and air-conditioned studio with a catered green room, the Comrex Bric and Access allow for remote feeds anywhere on the park property. An aircard gives complete portability as needed. Some events are held in the Hard Rock Hotel, and audio is shipped back via the Bric.
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