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Maltese Christian radio station renews its technical equipment

Maltese Christian radio station renews its technical equipment

Maltese Christian radio station renews its technical equipment


With the aim of attracting a younger audience, RTK 103FM has enlisted the help of DAB Electronica to update its technical infrastructure and studios with systems from AEQ. The radio station, whose aim is to shed Christian light on everyday life through news, religious programmes and general format entertainment shows, is part of RTK Ltd, the media company of the Catholic Church in Malta.

DAB Electronica and its team led by Alan Gatt decided on an entirely audio-over-IP based system, except for the local inputs and outputs in terms of microphones, headphones and monitoring. Through Exhibo in Italy, two auto-control operated studios were installed with AEQ Forum Split IP consoles as the central part of the installation. Both consoles are 12-fader versions. Studio One is a main or DJ mic and three guest setup, while Studio Two allows for the anchor or DJ to host up to six guests with seven mic inputs in total.

Either studio can be controlled from either console thanks to the possibility of sharing all the stations’ audio resources over the AoIP network. To make antennae, studio and play-out systems switching simpler and automated, a NetBox32 MX with RTC option was installed, providing a 64x64 non-blocking routing matrix for AoIP, analogue and digital audio sources. The unit is used for format conversion, allowing any analogue or digital source to become part of the AoIP multichannel network.

RTK’s wish to reach a younger audience led to the installation of visual radio in both studios. DAB chose BroadcastPix video switchers which integrate easily with AEQ’s AoIP equipment. Now, any channel or audio source can trigger a camera setting, video clip, transition or sequence available on the BroadcastPix switcher. Content from both studios can be recorded or livestreamed using three JVC HD PTZ cameras that follow the invited guests or DJ.

For outside broadcasting, RTK and DAB chose an AEQ Phoenix ALIO portable codec and mixer. Connectivity is handled by a Phoenix Venus 3 with AoIP networking connectivity to reduce cabling to the rack room and the primary and secondary network switches. A ControlPhoenix application allows the technician in the studio to control both the local and remote codecs to assist the DJ with the OB operation.

DAB is also the local Sennheiser distributor in Malta and specified MK4 condenser mics and HM300 headphones as part of the upgrade.

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