Radio Station Equipment for a Professional Studio Setup

Radio Station Equipment for a Professional Studio Setup

Want to build your own professional studio and have total control over your shows? We show you everything you need to get setup. From radio station equipment to how it all fits together. By the end, you will have a studio suitable for multiple guests, live callers, and have complete control over your shows.

Axia iQ AoIP Mixing Console
The mixer is a completely digital system. It runs audio over IP, this means nothing is connected to the mixer directly. Instead, everything is plugged into the QOR.32 mix engine. The console itself is just a control centre for each channel, so it’s easy to move around without pulling on any cables.
One cool thing about Axia is it’s fully customizable. Unlike other mixers which just have set channels, like for a presenter microphone, you can assign devices to any source going into the Axia system. For example, you can change a channel by going into the source menu and selecting another input device.
If you want to take a live caller you can hook up your phone and set a dedicated channel with preset volume levels. Likewise, you can do the same for other pieces of radio station equipment like a CD desk.
Configure each channel by accessing the power station control centre in the browser. In here you can define devices. For example, if you have a microphone you can name it “Presenter Mic 1”, switch on phantom power, and change its processing settings like EQ gains. Finally, when you come to present you just select the pre-configured device and the settings will be applied automatically.
Overall the Axia iQ is an extremely flexible and versatile desk. It’s ideal for lots of audio equipment and can be customized to meet most station needs.

Electro Voice RE320 Microphone
The Electro Voice RE320 is an exceptionally versatile microphone. It’s commonly compared to its older counterpart the RE20 which was featured in the best radio microphones here. Both UK and US commercial stations use the RE320 as an industry standard microphone.
The RE320 has a dual position contour switch which picks up spoken word clearly, along with instruments like guitars and drums. As it’s a dynamic mic it cancels out background noise. The humbucking coil within the mic automatically reduces sensitivity from far away sounds, giving your voice a warm rich sound.

Rode PSA1 Boom Arm
The shock mount is attached to the Rode PSA1 boom arm. Swivelling boom arms like this can be adjusted for height and direction.
The shock mount is attached to the Rode PSA1 boom arm. Swivelling boom arms like this can be adjusted for height and direction.

DBX 286S Microphone Processor
A microphone processor like the DBX 286S adds a grander feel to your audio and cleans up the signal. For example, it can remove background noises and sibilants. These are words that have an S in them, resulting in harsh sounds.
These often cause high frequency and audio distortion, so the processor levels out these types of noises for smoother sounding audio.

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro Headphones
Beyerdynamic DT7770 Pro are industry standard headphones used by popular commercial stations like BBC Radio 1. You often see broadcasters wearing a pair of these because they are really comfortable and ideal for long periods. They come with a long flexible cable which is handy if you happen to be far away from your setup or move about a lot.
Each headphone cup is padded and rests gently over the ear. They cancel out most outside noises. Although really this is to improve bass response for higher quality audio reproduction. As far as headphones go these are definitely worth every penny.


September 5th, 2017

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