In addition to a working studio, Boston’s WERS-FM (www.wers.org) plays host to broadcasting students from Emerson College’s School of the Arts and Communications (Boston). The college recently overhauled its broadcast media equipment and the WERS facility, including the post-production room and the studio. Parsons Audio served as the audio vendor, while Sound Construction and Supply provided furniture for the studio’s centerpieces — a console table to house a new 54-channel Yamaha PM5D and a side rack to hold interfaces and patchbays for a Pro Tools|HD 192 system.
“One of the goals at Emerson is to expose students to products that are used in ‘real working-world’ situations,” WERS assistant chief engineer Bruno Caruso (pictured) said. “The upgrade was a long process, but definitely worth it. Our students can get their hands on the latest gear and ‘do it themselves’ — not just look over a teacher’s shoulder. We’re pretty proud of that.”
An Aviom Personal Mixing System fed through a Y1/Yamaha A-Net Output Card in an expansion slot of the PM5D allows the engineer to assign and send 16 channels of digital audio directly from the console surface to external modules and daisy-chained Cat-5 connectors.