Studer Unveils OnAir 3000 Board

Feb 2, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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The Studer OnAir 3000 is designed for the mid- to upper-segment of the radio market, including both private and public network broadcast stations. The OnAir 3000 combines Studer's "Touch'n'Action" user interface with a new fan-less DSP processing engine: the S-Core. This third-generation system is also highly flexible and configurable as it is based on a range of individual stand-alone modules, the choice of which may be adapted to each location. The system may also be controlled remotely from a PC or laptop using a network connection if required.

The standard fader module comprises six channel strips and up to eight modules may be fitted, providing a maximum console size of 48 faders. Layout options range from a highly comprehensive, engineer-operated continuity console to a single-fader panel for DJ and newsroom use.

The console offers three main stereo mix buses (PRG A, PRG B and REC), in addition to an audition facility, four stereo aux buses, 16 mix-minus sends configurable as auxes, and three independent studio monitoring/talkback circuits, including two PFL circuits for split desk operation. Individual channels are each equipped with 4-band parametric EQ, full dynamics (limiter, compressor, expander, gate), de-esser, highpass filter and comprehensive input/output routing.

The first Studer OnAir 3000 to be installed is now in service at Radio 24 in Zurich, Switzerland. The 12-fader console is being used for commercial production and will shortly be joined by two more consoles for the on-air studios. Radio 24's newsroom also has been equipped with five 3-fader units, which are networked to the OnAir 3000's central processor, allowing journalists to record and transmit news items directly from their workstations.

Radio 24's technical manager Gerry Borer (pictured at the OnAir 3000) commented, "We chose to go with Studer again because we have always had a very good relationship with the company. They're located very close to us, so we actually had a little influence in the development of the 3000. I think the overall concept of the desk is very good. It's very flexible, and the way we can monitor all the sources throughout the station and network all the individual units is excellent."

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