The Studer OnAir 3000 is designed for the mid- to upper-segment ofthe radio market, including both private and public network broadcaststations. The OnAir 3000 combines Studer's "Touch'n'Action" userinterface with a new fan-less DSP processing engine: the S-Core. Thisthird-generation system is also highly flexible and configurable as itis based on a range of individual stand-alone modules, the choice ofwhich may be adapted to each location. The system may also becontrolled remotely from a PC or laptop using a network connection ifrequired.
The standard fader module comprises six channel strips and up toeight modules may be fitted, providing a maximum console size of 48faders. Layout options range from a highly comprehensive,engineer-operated continuity console to a single-fader panel for DJ andnewsroom use.
The console offers three main stereo mix buses (PRG A, PRG B andREC), in addition to an audition facility, four stereo aux buses, 16mix-minus sends configurable as auxes, and three independent studiomonitoring/talkback circuits, including two PFL circuits for split deskoperation. Individual channels are each equipped with 4-band parametricEQ, 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 atRadio 24 in Zurich, Switzerland. The 12-fader console is being used forcommercial production and will shortly be joined by two more consolesfor the on-air studios. Radio 24's newsroom also has been equipped withfive 3-fader units, which are networked to the OnAir 3000's centralprocessor, allowing journalists to record and transmit news itemsdirectly from their workstations.
Radio 24's technical manager Gerry Borer (pictured at the OnAir3000) commented, "We chose to go with Studer again because we havealways had a very good relationship with the company. They're locatedvery close to us, so we actually had a little influence in thedevelopment of the 3000. I think the overall concept of the desk isvery good. It's very flexible, and the way we can monitor all thesources throughout the station and network all the individual units isexcellent."
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