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Swiss private radio stations Radio 24 and Virgin Radio Switzerland, owned by CH Media, have become the first to install Lawo‘s newly introduced diamond IP-based radio consoles. The stations installed seven diamond consoles in the control and production rooms.
Each of the three identically equipped broadcast control rooms provides workstations for an anchor and a co-host, plus a news position and two guest positions. The anchor works at a 12-fader split console, while the co-host uses a 4-fader unit. A 2-fader module for the newsreader rounds out the installation. The diamond’s modular design and flexible controls allow show hosts and technicians to tailor any module to their specific needs.
Dominik Widmer, the host of the Radio 24 morning show, says he’s already a fan: “You can work quickly and comfortably with the diamond. If the word ‘intuitive’ fits anywhere, it’s here. After a very short time, you can operate it without even looking. And the control surface is so compact that we really have a lot of space on the table.”
CH Media, a Lawo customer since 2011, adds that it was excited to be the first to install the diamond console system and test it live on air — even before its official launch.
“The radio people here are thrilled with their new diamond consoles,” enthuses Marc Straehl, CEO of SLG Broadcast, who oversaw installation and integration. “The build quality, clear, uncluttered user interface, and compact design were immediate winners.”