Want to build your own professional studio and have total control over your shows? We show you everything you need to get setup. From radio station equipment to how it all fits together. By the end, you will have a studio suitable for multiple guests, live callers, and have complete control over your shows.
Radio Station Equipment for Your Professional Studio Setup
Everything you need is right here in the MCR Live studio setup. It’s completely state of the art and contains all the radio station equipment you need to broadcast online.
We have a mixing desk, microphone, pre-processor, headphones, and much more which we will get into soon.
Axia iQ AoIP Mixing Console
We are using the Axia iQ AoIP mixing console. It has 8 configurable channels. 4 of which are mic inputs. These are ideal for managing up to 3 live guests on your shows.
The mixer is a completely digital system. It runs audio over IP, this means nothing is connected to the mixer directly. Instead, everything is plugged into the QOR.32 mix engine. The console itself is just a control centre for each channel, so it’s easy to move around without pulling on any cables.
One cool thing about Axia is it’s fully customisable. Unlike other mixers which just have set channels, like for a presenter microphone, you can assign devices to any source going into the Axia system. For example, you can change a channel by going into the source menu and selecting another input device.
If you want to take a live caller you can hook up your phone and set a dedicated channel with preset volume levels. Likewise, you can do the same for other pieces of radio station equipment like a CD desk.
Configure each channel by accessing the power station control centre in the browser. In here you can define devices. For example, if you have a microphone you can name it “Presenter Mic 1”, switch on phantom power, and change its processing settings like EQ gains. Finally, when you come to present you just select the pre-configured device and the settings will be applied automatically.
Overall the Axia iQ is an extremely flexible and versatile desk. It’s ideal for lots of audio equipment and can be customised to meet most station needs.
Electro Voice RE320 Microphone
The Electro Voice RE320 is an exceptionally versatile microphone. It’s commonly compared to its older counterpart the RE20 which was featured in the best radio microphones here. Both UK and US commercial stations use the RE320 as an industry standard microphone.
The RE320 has a dual position contour switch which picks up spoken word clearly, along with instruments like guitars and drums. As it’s a dynamic mic it cancels out background noise. The humbucking coil within the mic automatically reduces sensitivity from far away sounds, giving your voice a warm rich sound.
Electro Voice 309A Shock Mount
We are using the RE320 with the Electro Voice 309A shock mount. This keeps it in place, so it essentially reduces chances of vibrations if the mic or desk gets nudged accidentally.
Rode PSA1 Boom Arm
The shock mount is attached to the Rode PSA1 boom arm. Swivelling boom arms like this can be adjusted for height and direction.
Easily manoeuvre it for a sitting or standing position. Attach the arm to the edge of the table and tie your mic’s cable to the arm itself for a neater setup.
DBX 286S Microphone Processor
A microphone processor like the DBX 286S adds a grander feel to your audio and cleans up the signal. For example, it can remove background noises and sibilants. These are words that have an S in them, resulting in harsh sounds.
These often cause high frequency and audio distortion, so the processor levels out these types of noises for smoother sounding audio.
Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro Headphones
Beyerdynamic DT7770 Pro are industry standard headphones used by popular commercial stations like BBC Radio 1. You often see broadcasters wearing a pair of these because they are really comfortable and ideal for long periods. They come with a long flexible cable which is handy if you happen to be far away from your setup or move about a lot.
Each headphone cup is padded and rests gently over the ear. They cancel out most outside noises. Although really this is to improve bass response for higher quality audio reproduction. As far as headphones go these are definitely worth every penny.
Custom Built PC (Running Windows 10)
Powering the studio is a custom built PC that runs Windows 10. It has a 4th gen i3 processor, 240GB SSD, 8GB DDR3 RAM, and 4TB external hard-drive. It’s a pretty fast machine that can keep up with the demands of a professional radio studio setup.
All of this is housed in the Silencio 452 case which minimises noise. For ease of use, the station is managed with an Acer T232HL touch screen. The monitor is attached to an arm desk mount just like the mic boom arm. This allows broadcasters in the studio to manoeuvre the screen for a better position.
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Professional Studio Overview
Lastly, we use the following cables to connect all of these different pieces of radio station equipment together.
Now we have our professional studio setup. Audio travels from the studio to listeners by going through the microphone > mic processor > mixing desk > mix engine > computer > Radio.co.
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