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Field Report: Harris Broadcast PR&E Oasis
There are banks of input modules – grouped four to a card. Hot-swappable, you can specify an all-line-level analog input card (on both A and B inputs), or the standard four microphone preamp card on the A inputs and line-level on the B inputs. (I outboard process all mics, so I opted for the A/B line level card and simply assigned muting to the A side of those channels.) The second input card (faders 5 through 8) is all-line-level analog as standard. If you purchase the 12-frame console, a third card is used. The choice is up to you and complete channel logic is soft; remote start, muting, remote on/off and much more can be changed on-the-fly with supplied firmware. Download the app, use a standard USB cable to get your PC connected to the board (you can do this hot at any time) and you get four tabs worth of comprehensive logic and option control.
Any channel, CR and studio monitors, telco parameters, sample rates, input gain and channel balance adjustments - all in software and so easy - no greenie needed. Simply put, this console installs easily, customs up fast, and is a pleasure to use. Audio performance is exceptional. Primarily designed as an analog-in, analog+digital-out console, the extensible DSP Farm can include dynamics and EQ on every channel. USB I/O with a studio PC is standard. You can specify digital input modules and networked I/O.
The Oasis 12 has been in service for four months and been rock-solid. In April, SGCR ran a live three-day Spirit Drive to raise operating funds. At the center of that event was the Oasis, seamlessly mixing four mics, four RCS Nexgen sources, telco and remote inputs. Football season is not far away and St. Gabriel's weekly Friday night live coverage will be enhanced with the feature-rich talkback and mix-minus capabilities. If you are thirsting for a great on-air/production console at a reasonable price, quench that need and relax with your own Oasis.
Savoldi is the engineer for St. Gabriel Catholic Radio, Columbus, OH.
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