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WYSO 91.3 FM Turns Relocation Adversity into Opportunity
Satellite receivers for 14+ channels and the eTech Ohio network feeds are all distributed and routed in the TOC, as well as other sources such as the Tieline G3 codecs providing VoIP, ISDN, and POTS feeds. Other systems in the TOC include the webcast workstations and processing, Omnia and Optimod on-air audio processing, confidence monitoring, IBOC HD Importer and Exporter, the MCR master clock and its distribution, Moseley Starlink and LanLink STLs, house PA system, ATI and Symmetrix distribution amplifiers, and network printers for the Sage Endec EAS and Burk remote control logs.
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Great attention was paid to sound isolation and room acoustics in the studios. Walls and ceilings incorporate non-parallel surfaces to minimize flutter echoes and were constructed using multiple layer gypsum board, Armstrong Soundsoak and insulation mounted on Kinetics Isomax strips, and suspension hangars to achieve an STC of 55. All joints were sealed air-tight. The IAC studio doors have double magnetic seals and a clever cam lift hinge system to create a threshold drop seal.
The custom IAC exterior Vision Wall windows and interior Soundlock windows incorporate tilted panes of different thicknesses of glass to prevent sympathetic vibrations from being transferred. Acoustic design also considered the amount of absorption, refraction and diffusion to achieve optimum reverb times.
The air studio/control room and production studio, each 300 square feet, are mirror images of each other so the staff will be more comfortable with a consistent configuration. The Harris custom furniture accommodates an announcer/host and two to three guests, 24-channel NetWave consoles, equipment pods, and a number of unique features requested by the staff. For example, WYSO still uses program material from vinyl LPs during some programs, so turntables with proper anti-vibration bases were required.
Other source equipment includes Denon DN-C635 CD players and Tascam SS-CDR200 decks for recording or playing back from USB drives and other digital media. A Telos NX-12 hybrid system handles the studio phones for call-in shows and interfaces well with the Avaya VoIP system. LCD monitors are supported on Yellowtec Mika arms to allow use of a copy stand while still providing line-of-sight into the performance studio.
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