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Two-year-old South African internet radio station Vibez.Live broadcasts music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Recently, it introduced a weekly “Trance Vibez” show in conjunction with Denon DJ SA and Midi Music.
The station has transitioned to digital with a Calrec Type R for Radio system. Vibez.Live installed a six-fader, AoIP-based Type R with dual layer functionality, which gives it extra faders at the touch of a button. It also added a Type R large soft panel with feature sets pre-loaded for more control.
“Having used a variety of equipment for the first 18 months after we launched, including an analog desk, we knew that we needed to upgrade to enhance our capabilities,” said John Badenhorst, cofounder and a host at Vibez.Live. “While the Type R core has enough I/O for our current needs, we also purchased a Type R analog I/O box that provides an additional 16 mic/line inputs and six general purpose input/output interfaces.”
The decision was validated when listeners commented on the improvement in sound quality immediately after the switch.
The Calrec Type R has a simple layout and a clear touch screen display. Calrec notes that the sleek, compact design fits well into the Vibez.Live studio environment, taking up less space while doing the job of a much bigger desk. Vibez.Live also uses two pairs of Shure SRH840 headphones, two Shure SM7B microphones and On-Stage’s microphone boom arms.
“There’s a lot of competition in the radio market for both traditional and streaming stations, and the sound quality can’t be compromised. Type R for Radio’s versatile attributes, such as being able to add more fader panels via a simple ethernet connection, puts Vibez.Live firmly in control,” said Graham Murray, International sales manager at Calrec.
The deal was overseen by Calrec’s South African partner Wild & Marr.