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Fun with Studios

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:42 pm
by BroadcastDoc
For those who didn't know...

Just got done with a $2.5 million facility buildout for my employer, Radio Milwaukee. Half of that number was purchasing the building, the other half was construction and equipment. We're up and running in the new facility.

We have a main studio with a small stage for "drop-in" performances. A backup studio (which is also used for production) is next to it. Those studios are adjacent to a large 150+ person performance room with a 12' x 24' stage. On the second floor you'll find our offices and three more production studios. We also have a performance space on the roof.

I retained an acoustical consultant to aid in the design - the studios are very quiet, and the acoustics in the performance space are fantastic. The studios themselves feature six layers of sheetrock on staggered double studs. The doors are steel with insulation and are fully gasketed.

Here's what you want to see though...

Main studio:

Re: Fun with Studios

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:43 pm
by BroadcastDoc
Performance space and roof:

Re: Fun with Studios

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:46 pm
by BroadcastDoc
And our STL. We send our audio over a dedicated point-to-point T1 using a Telos Z/IP One. As a backup I have a Barix Exstreamer riding via VPN on our fiber internet network. If both of those fail, I have Zephyr ISDN boxes at both ends. Our phone system is Cisco VoIP, and we use Axia throughout. Our mixing desk for live performances is the new 32 channel PreSonus. We use that to multitrack for mastering our CD's, and feed the studio for live broadcast via X-Node. Pretty cool stuff!

Re: Fun with Studios

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:29 pm
by Deep Thought
Very nice. It has been so long since I have been regularly involved with the studio end of things that half of what you described was stuff I've never even heard of. :shock: I'll leave this to you kids. 8)

Re: Fun with Studios

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:28 am
by WallyJ
Pictures look great... Wish we had an oulet like 88Nine in Cincinnati... I also learned alot about the Axia system just catching up on TWiRT episodes. Makes me wish I was still actively involved in engineering... Now just building my own small analog studio at home (on a shoestring budget). I have to ask... you mentioned that the BetaBrites aren't going back into the new studios... We had those in the WGRR/WKRQ/WAQZ studio here in Cincy (Studios built in 1999). I can't for the life of me remember what they were interfaced to... The little box under the console.... manufacturer/model... Anyway.. if you decide to get rid of them, I wouldn't mind possibly purchasing them...


Walter "Wally J" Hughes
Cincinnati Ohio

If I'm ever in the Milwaukee area, I am definately stoping in to your new facility.

Re: Fun with Studios

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:39 pm
by Baylink
Aw, Doc; I really ate you now as much as it's possible to hate another human being. :-)

Re: Fun with Studios

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:28 pm
by BroadcastDoc
Since you already hate me... ;-)

Here are two of the three editing/voicetracking suites we put together yesterday:
And finally, free coffee at the "dry run" of the coffee shop inside the building. They open tomorrow morning: