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The Logitek audio engine and Mosaic Control Surface running Supervisor software simplified many common repetitive tasks. Software triggers were written to accomplish a variety of tasks.
Running a show with a full house of guests requires turning all microphones on and off. This has been reduced to a single press by simply turning the main mic on or off. The unused talkback button on each mic channel has been repurposed to a group take. A mic with this take button enabled will follow the main mic.
Another very useful feature is the one-button record. When pressed, it sets up the phone mix minus, assigns the microphones, switches the headphone monitoring, mutes the speaker, starts Vox Pro recording and illuminates the Beta Brite with a big red recording message. When the button is pressed again, it reverses the process and restores the monitoring to its previous setting.
The LED Beta Brite panel in the front of the studio displays status messages. EAS alerts, hot mics, off-air and even high/low audio levels get a pointed out. It is not overused; otherwise it would be more prone to being ignored.
The LCD big screen monitor is capable of not only showing TV, but can also display computer screens from the KVM switcher. It makes the screened calls and liners easy for all to see.
The K104 Web cam provides a peek inside the workings of the radio station. From its perch inside the truss, it presents a great bird's eye view of all the action in the studio.
The pre-planning and attention to details paid off big in the end. The long anticipated new studio worked better than expected. It is a very exciting, vibrant setting to create inspiring entertainment.
Wachter is director of engineering of Service Broadcasting Company, Dallas.
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