Originally Posted by RedEyeJedi
A friend of a friend has asked me to help him with a contract where he is supplying equipment and helping setup some small radio stations around the country...
Im Im farily adept at studio stuff and digital anlog I/O, equipment etc, but i have never even been into a broadcast station...
Does anyone have any resources I can check out and read up on?
I just dont wanna seem like an ass!
I assume that the equipment and connections are very similar to a music studio environment in terms of mics, compressors etc.
but beyond that im in the dark!
Advice would be greatly appreciated!
Ohh, radio world, I spend some time there so this post will be long but without what kind of radio you are building is tough to make proper
Decisions about equipment and "sound" are also biased from country to country with different school of radio and sometimes laws and ITU recommendation with extra complication like profanity delay or EAS (emergency alert system) but this can only be seen in US I'm not sure, I was always more in Italian kind of school where different things are important but everybody are partially overlapped with broadcasting dominant US.
I will start learning from equipment catalogs
(Broadcast Supply Worldwide |Equipment for Radio Broadcasting and Audio Recording | BSWUSA.com
, Broadcast Warehouse - Great Radio Starts Here
, We make radio happen - Broadcast Partners
then after few conversation with ppl involved in actual future radio you can make detail plan about what is best workflow for that radio station and from there you can make list with equipment and other important things like space planning, room acoustics and other little sound tricks.
The different stories from other ppl radio can help, you can find them here:
(Digital Radio – FCC - HD Radio – Pandora - XM Sirius – Shortwave –
, Radio magazine - The Radio Broadcast Technology Leader
, Broadcast & Production - HOME PAGE & NEWS
Some web pages have back issues online in pdf or nxt, newbay media
have lot of radio themes covered every month from different perspective.
The analog chain usually better excite listeners, but with source like mp3 digital can make better match and control deviation especially with new broadcast recomendation (after all you are not alone in air), the proper reading about listeners habits at least in US can be find in arbitron
Most resources on net are US based so this sometimes don't apply to your situation/market/country...
The two most important things are FM audio processing and decent microphone (voice talent) obviously everything in between counts but in sound on radio it is about larger than life, better than cd etc, so names here are: Orban, Omnia, Neumann, EV (in US) for mixers I will go to Soundcraft, Lawo, Klotz-digital, Yellowtec, D & R or hi-tech Studer the telephone hybrids Telos but connection with others in network can be telecommunication challenge.
You can spend lot of budget on one piece of equipment so important question is what kind of radio is that future station/s and what matters in that station/market.
Omnia One, A&H XB14, Rode, EchoAudio, ZoomH2n, Dynaudio Acoustics, Denon Tuner, Jazler
, Wavelab, TotalRecorder can also make good radio station after all, it is about people who make program mostly and carefully planned workflow and preproduction with smart ups and double backup for automation software. If its small, better avoid fancy IT architecture and digital desk with hard to repair parts.
Sometimes it is also easier in network to be standalone with ocassional preproduction program from sister station without ISDN, yagi link mess...
Sometimes limitation is more ground related so proper antenna with adequate gain, power and height
is more important than audio studio equipment but basically you can do it with above list.
Other links and books.
goggle : local radio handbook
EBU especially 3276
Gross, Reese - Audio Production Worktext, Focal
Gross, Reese - Programming for TV-Radio-Internet, Focal
Gross, Reese - Radio Production Worktext Studio and Equipment, Focal
Warren, Steve - Radio - The Book, Focal
I hope it helps for starting your voyage,