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Two new Preco studios for Middlesex Uni

Middlesex University has installed two new fully equipped radio stations as part of its new Arts, Design & Media building.

The studios were created by Preco Broadcast Systems in a joint venture with Veale Associates.

The image to the right shows one of the two new radio recording studios with left and right sections of the Logitek Mosaic 10-fader control surface, OMT iMedia touchscreen, Yellowtec Mika monitor and microphone mounts and Audio Technica microphones.

“Preco was the logical choice for this contract given its long experience in providing equipment and systems to major broadcasters,” comments Middlesex University’s Capital Project Manager Ian Bartholomew. “Installation of the radio studios proceeded efficiently within a tight nine-week construction schedule to be ready for the October start of the 2011 to 2012 academic year.

“A key objective was to match both the technical resources and ambience of a modern radio presentation and recording studio,” adds Preco’s Director of Engineering & Technology James Thomas. “Each of the two training rooms is approximately 12 square metres in area and visually coupled to the other by a fully soundproofed window. The studios have matching acoustics, interior design and technical furniture, and match the style used for programme presentation and one-to-one interviews.

“At the focus of an L-shaped desk is a Logitek digital audio mixing console consisting of a 10-fader Mosaic control surface, monitor control module and meter bridge. These are connected to a Logitek AE-32 time-division-multiplexing audio processor which has all the resources needed to handle dynamics processing, talk-show delay and equalisation, and can accommodate up to 24 mix-minus buses.

The team have also installed OMT iMedia Touch on-air automation plus iMedia Production and Log Tools software, including PC, sound cards and touch screens. The iMedia Touch is linked to a Tascam DV-RA1000HD audio recorder with a 60 gigabyte internal hard disk drive and CD/DVD burner. The Tascam is housed in a desktop pod within easy reach of the presenter. Each studio also has three Audio Technica AT4033aSM cardioid condenser microphones mounted on adjustable Yellowtec Mika arms, two of the three being coupled to a Mika monitor mount which supports the two display screens. An equipment pod under each desk houses Sonifex Redbox audio processors, a jackfield plus the Logitek Mosaic main and auxiliary power supplies. The desks themselves were constructed to Preco custom design. The monitor loudspeakers are ceiling-suspended Tannoy Reveal 601a. Other equipment that would be familiar to many broadcasters are a radio-synchronised studio clock and Beyer DT100 headphones.

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