14th April 2010
Echo FM Choose School Radio Solutions For Refurbished Studio
Echo FM is a student run community radio station that is part of Farnborough College of Technology in the UK. It began in May 1992 and broadcasts to the local community for one month in the year on 87.7 FM via a Restricted Service Licence and has worldwide coverage through the internet from its website at http://streema.com/radios/Echo_FM_2
It has two fully equipped studios, where degree students work throughout the year, cutting their teeth as they learn the skills of the trade in a live and busy studio environment. In 2000 it was nominated for the title of BBC Radio1 Student Radio Station of the Year and has hosted celebrities such as comedian Lee Evans and Big Brother winner Brian Belo.
In February 2010, the station underwent extensive renovation and refurbishment by Ben Jordan, the RM & PA Technician. He also updated most of the ageing studio equipment and installed a new Sonifex S2 Split Digital I/O Analogue Radio Broadcast Mixer in Studio 1, the main broadcasting suite.
Ben commented: “Thanks to all the guys at School Radio Solutions for having patience with me during the presales, ordering and technical support process. I've managed to put together a rather smart looking studio and all the students are over the moon with it. The two studio setup is working far better than before, and we are delighted with the Sonifex S2 quality and simplicity - everyone has commented that it’s much nicer than the old gear.”
The Sonifex S2 Digital I/O Analogue Radio Broadcasting Mixer offers digital audio quality with analogue reliability in a modular format. It has a wide range of input and output channels, PFL/cue, fader-start operation of equipment, automatic monitor muting on mic-live, light switching remote outputs, optional EQ on input modules, gram amp input options and 2 main audio buses, allowing you to broadcast on the PGM bus while recording on the AUD bus, with bus output selection on each module. It also has both digital and analogue input channels, together with simultaneous analogue and digital outputs.
School Radio Solutions is a division of Sonifex Ltd, a company which has been manufacturing radio broadcasting equipment for more than 40 years and is firmly established as one of the leading radio broadcast suppliers in the UK.
For more information about the Echo, visit their website at: http://streema.com/radios/Echo_FM_2