Late last year Broadcast Components had the privilege of upgrading Hastings Community Radio station (2Way FM) with a digital solution featuring AEQ’s Capitol mixing console.
2Way FM’s original set up included a string of balancing amplifiers connected with a tangle of cables that no one quite knew what went where: sound familiar?
The station felt that they had limited knowledge in replacing the studio equipment and reached out to one of their colleagues; who also happened to be a long time customer of Broadcast Components.
Ross Wheeler (Tank FM) referred 2Way FM to Broadcast Components. This teamwork is something we love seeing in Community Radio and is one of the many reasons we value working in this space.
After lengthy discussions with 2Way FM it was decided that starting from scratch maybe the best option for the station. This allowed the station to have a digital solution, minimalize the cabling and also future proof the studio for the coming years. Broadcast components where able to utilize some of the stations existing equipment which helped keep the build within budget.
Broadcast Components set to work, to help the station out, travelling onsite for installation. All existing analogue equipment was gutted, new ethernet cable was run and the digital studios began to come together.
AEQ’s Capitol console was an easy choice for studio 1 and 2 due to its 8 channel configurable faders which are more than sufficient for the stations requirements. This desk also easily integrates the stations existing CD players with the assistance of the handy Twinmatch. Adding a Netbox 32 enabled the power to switch audio conveniently from both studios and on air. Coupled with a Ubiquity Switch, which all play nicely with the DANTE solution. We added in a 542APC processor, packed with features including RDS, 5 band processing and audio quality analyser to take the stations sound to the next level. Rounding out the install with Rode Procaster bundles, speakers, HD280 headphones and individual level controls for each presenter and guests with Henry Engineering’s ingenious Minipod system,.
As part of the build Broadcast Components offers all our customers education sessions so you as the user feel confident with the pieces of equipment; 2Way FM utilised these and have thoroughly enjoyed using their new gear.
The studios look fantastic, and we delighted in partnering with 2Way FM.
If you are looking to update your equipment or want to do something new but aren’t sure how, contact us today. We welcome the opportunity to work through a solution to fit your community’s needs.