Another obstacle was based on geometry. While the plans said the building was square, it turns out it was not perfectly square. The studio furniture, designed and supplied by Omnirax, needed some small, last-minute updates to fit the spaces properly. The furniture was built to the exact specs provided, it just turned out the specs had an error.
Traffic for all the stations originates from this studio.
To the Equipment
The previous studios were built around analog consoles and discrete wiring, which was the common practice when they were built. This was another planned upgrade for the new facility: An integrated audio routing network. An IP audio network and control surfaces from Wheatstone was chosen to handle the audio needs. A new WideOrbit automation system rounded out the foundation of the new studios.
The rack room
When it came time to switch the new studios online, there was no fuss. As the new facility neared completion, the audio feeds from the old buildings were sent to the building and then fed to the various studio-to-transmitter links via the audio network. This made the old studios simple audio network sources. And a new automation system at the new studios provided all the necessary audio files. When it was time to switch, a new source fed the STL and the new facility was on the air.
The news studio has room to add additional workstations. There are six TV monitors on the walls.
So after an extended period of waiting before work on the new studios could begin, Beasley in Las Vegas finally has a new home. And from when the work was begun in June 2013, the stations were all on the air from the facility by the middle of December 2013. And even better, the project was completed one month ahead of schedule. That''s a lucky roll of the dice.
■ APC 2200
■ Audion Labs Voxpro 5
■ Barix Exstreamer 500
■ Belar FM HD Monitor
■ Burk ARC Plus, ARC-16, Assurance Controller
■ Comrex Access, Hotline, Matrix
■ DaySequerra M4
■ Denon DN-630, DN-C635
■ DM Engineering Multistation Relay Adapter
■ Dorrough Model 40-A, Stereo Signal Tester
■ Fostex RM-2
■ GatesAir Intraplex Cross Connect Server, Intraplex HD Link, Intraplex STL Plus
■ Gorman-Redlich CRW-S
■ Inovonics 630, Inomini 632, Inomini 634
■ KRK Rockit 8
■ Microwave Networks 11GHz STL
■ Middle Atlantic racks
■ Moseley 6010, DSP6000E, Lan Link 900
■ Omnirax furniture
■ Rolls RS-80
■ Sage Digital Endec
■ Spectracom GPS Ageless Oscillator
■ Symetrix 528E
■ Telos 2x12, Delta 100, One, NX-12, Zephyr, Zephyr Xsream
■ Tieline Express
■ Titus Technologies on-air lights
■ Wheatstone Blades, E-1, E- 6, Sideboard, Vorsis M1
■ Wideorbit Radio Automation
■ Worldcast Systems APT Horizon Nextgen
Scherer is a contract engineer and recording engineer in Kansas City, and former editor of Radio magazine.