21 The studio


While the smallest radio stations can be built into a shack or a shop with little more than a computer and some domestic hi-fi, most will boast a complex suite of studios, each equipped to perform a different function.

On-air studio

The main event is the main on-air studio. This is where the programmes are presented. A radio station worthy of the name would have at least two identical on-air studios in case one develops a fault.

The typical studio is likely to be a hybrid of new and older technology: a computer system coupled with a transmission desk with good old-fashioned faders. Combining manual controls that are pulled up and down with state of the art electronics might seem a strange compromise, but the hybrid system combines ...

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