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Radio Llavaneres is San Andreu de Llavaneres’ local radio station. It broadcasts a variety of music, news and sports programs, with a regional focus, on FM and online.
The station is part of the Xarxa Audiovisual group, a local radio stations association in Catalonia. Using AEQ Venus audio codecs and a terrestrial IP network developed by Telefonica of Spain, it distributes programs from the main station in Barcelona, locally produce its own programs and also make other productions in collaboration with different stations, using a platform developed by AEQ.
Radio Llavaneres’ technical team, headed by Enric Font, recently decided to update its main broadcasting studio, The team chose AEQ’s Forum IP Split digital mixing console as the core of the installation.
The Forum IP Split is a mixing console designed for on-air broadcasting control. It offers all the basic features needed in this kind of environment: automatic monitor muting, cough-cut, fader start, signaling control, signals for external devices automation, management of external communications, intercom, etc. AEQ notes that it is adaptable to various operating scenarios such as self control, control booth, TV production studios, sound production, mixed configurations, or integration into large installations, due to its small size and modularity.
The Split version of the Forum IP has its control surface separated from the audio “engine” or “core,” offering the option to install the control modules separately from each other. It has a 3-U high rack engine, up to six four-fader modules and a control and monitoring module. It can be equipped with AoIP multichannel input/output cards to provide up to a maximum of 64 channels with Dante technology, compatible with the new AES67 standard. Through this connection, it is possible to take and deliver signals to other consoles, routers and other input/output devices, from almost all major audio manufacturers. It can also include up to two internal digital phone hybrids.
“We already knew from references by other stations in Catalonia that AEQ Forum IP consoles covered all the features we could need. But the convenience of its integration with Forum Screen has really surprised us. Besides having all the important controls on dedicated keys, we also have vu-meters and a synchronized clock, clearly visible in a large screen. But when a microphone doesn’t sound spot-on, we press the associated channel’s SELECT key and a three-band parametric equalizer appears and is adjusted in a very short time,” commented Font.
The complete project was executed by Radicomtel, S.L., a Catalonian local integrator, and in coordination with AEQ’s Catalonian office.