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Extreme Studio Networking at Clear Channel Seattle
It is still an adventure to walk through the 36,000-square-foot facility. Each music station has an on-air control room with new E-6 control surfaces and accompanying producer studio, some with Wheatstone SideBoard mixers for the occasional producer mix-in during a live show. The sports AM, KJR-AM, has a control room with an E-6 console along with producer studio and a talk studio with a SideBoard surrounded by microphones.
In addition, KJR-AM has a Sports Update studio with an E-1 console that can go directly to air, or to the KJR-AM control room as needed. The sports complex also has two sports edit workstations, each with SideBoards and Blade X-Y controllers, so sports updates and other audio can be routed to any one of the control rooms that want to grab them.
A dub studio is for voiceover recording and for general purpose use; it can be switched to air if need be from its E-1 control surface.
Edit 1 and Edit 2 studios are typically used for editing production or voicetracks. Another studio called the Multipurpose Studio has an E-1 console, which is used for production but is also configured as a backup should an on-air studio need to be taken offline for any reason.
Off to the far end of the building is the traffic center made up of 17 cubicles that monitor traffic in Seattle, Portland and other large cities in the region. Each cubicle is outfitted with newsroom mixers, which are networked through IP88a Blade access units to bring up audio from anywhere in the network and to route audio directly to air if needed.
A nearby bullpen for traffic news has controllers so that producers can grab audio feeds from anywhere they want, and there's another IP88a Blade that routes the microphone from these guests into the system so any one of the studios can pull up any one of these workstations to get a traffic report. The bullpen and traffic center are currently being retrofitted to move in the Traffic Network operation, an entity that was recently purchased by Clear Channel.
Four ProTools studios with ProTools consoles round out the studio complex. These studios have all the I/O wired up to IP88a Blade access units to bring audio in and out in the eventuality that Clear Channel retires the ProTools consoles and puts in new IP control surfaces.
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