Soundcraft Helps Galaxy 105, Ibiza Club Season

Nov 4, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The UK’s leading dance and R&B radio station, Galaxy 105, has been enjoying the Ibiza clubbing season with assistance from Soundcraft, installing an RM1ds radio desk in Cafe Savannah for a series of live broadcasts over two weeks.

Pictured: Galaxy presenter Paul Kershaw

“With the prospect of two weeks and 20 separate broadcasts from the island, we needed a compact, flexible, ‘self-op’ radio desk—something that was simple enough for our presenters to operate, but with the features to handle anything we could throw at it,” said the station’s technical manager, Jon Crew. “Our well-worn and road-weary analog console was now past its sell-by date, and our new RM1ds certainly survived being lugged around Europe as air cargo on its first outing. We had a full flightcase made, and for a studio desk, it has adapted to life on the road pretty well.”

For large projects like Ibiza, Galaxy travels with a complete radio station flightcased up. “It represents about a metric ton of air cargo, but means that we’re entirely self-sufficient on location.

“The RM1ds meant we could achieve an end-to-end digital setup on location. Playback from CD, MiniDisc, DAT and PC play out all interface via AES/EBU to the desk, and the plethora of digital outputs handle codec feeds and record outputs on-site. The desk sounds great, clean and transparent. The built-in dynamics are a massive bonus. I’ve dumped my outboard rack of compressors and can even insert a gentle limiter on every channel to keep a check on over-enthusiastic DJs!”

Galaxy 105 will be upgrading to the new version of RCS Master Control later this year and the crew will begin testing out the RM1ds’ built-in support for this playout system.

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