There are four studios in addition to the rack room. Three of the studios are nearly identical, with two of them (WWVR and production) being mirror images. The studio for WTHI has an additional space for a cohost or visiting guests. These three studios have Axia iQ consoles. The fourth studio is a smaller voice-tracking room, which uses an Axia Radius console.
WWVR air studio
WFNB and WFNF are currently fully automated and run in the background from TOC.
Myers was impressed by the process to order the Omnirax furniture. He supplied CAD drawings of the facility to Omnirax, who then virtually placed the furniture within. Myers had an idea as to what the studios would look like before the furniture was even manufactured.
The stations use WideOrbit for their audio storage and playback. For mic processing, Wheatstone Vorsis M-2 mic processors are installed in the rack room. Because the mic processors are controlled remotely, it's easy to get in and make changes as needed. Installing the mic processors in the rack room also made it easy to tie them into the audio network.
All four stations send audio to the transmitter building via the fiber optic run and the Axia network. From there, the three off-site transmitters are fed via RF-based STLs with Mosely PCL-6000 and Marti STLs. A Comrex Access and Bric, Moseley Rincon and Telos Z/IP are available as backups if needed.
Voice over studio
The rack room is adjacent to the studios, although accessed via the common hallway. While it was not the ideal setup to have the rack room accessible from outside the studio area, the floor layout dictated it be that way. As an added surprise, once the plans were set it was realized there was a structural support beam in the rack room, which dictated the L configuration of the racks.
There are five racks in the rack room. Two support the office network and phone system. Three support the audio network and audio equipment. The CAT-5 and CAT-6 cabling used throughout the facility is color-coded for easier identification. Blue is used for the audio network. Black is used for analog audio.
After more than 50 years in one studio building, the Emmis stations have started writing a new history in a new facility.
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