Entercom Wilkes-Barre, LLC, a radio cluster owned by Entercom in Bala Cynwyd, Penn., recently took delivery of six AirTools 6200 dual-channel digital voice processor from Symetrix.
Lamar Smith, market director of engineering for Entercom Wilkes-Barre, notes that the units would allow him to tailor a unique sound to each on-air personality's voice. After trying one of the units prior to their commercial roll out, Smith placed the order for six.
"After years of doing a lot of different things with voice processing, none of which worked very well, including most recently using equalizers to make all of the studio mics sound the same, we decided to go back to processing each mic separately," Smith says. "The AirTools 6200 allows us to process two mics simultaneously, but independently in one unit, unlike other digital processing products that handle only one."
Smith has three of the units deployed at station WKRZ and three at WGGY, both of which serve the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Penn. markets.
With five mics in each station's studio—one for the on-air personality and four for guests—AirTools 6200 units apply digital processing to all of the mics in use, allowing each voice to be processed independently.
Programmable modules on the AirTools 6200 include symmetry; high-pass filter; de-esser; four-band parametric EQ; high or low shelving filter; dynamics module with downward expanding gate and compressor with AGC mode; and a lowpass filter.