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Studio Tour


We call it a studio, but we use the term very loosely. Our studio resides in our office, where most of the administrative/technical side of AD is handled. Now, when we call it an office, we again are using the term loosely. Our office is located at America's Debate World Headquarters-- more specifically, an extra bedroom in our house.

Photos



Here is a shot of the studio as of August 2006.



Here is a shot of the equipment rack as of August 2006. It has since changed, and is scheduled for replacement.



Here is a shot of the much-talked-about Mouse House. This device allows us to click our mice without them being audible in the broadcast.



This is our mixer, an Alesis Multimix 12FXD. It's not quite setup for broadcast here. ;)



Our computers. They are red, white, and blue, and there is nothing you can do about it. For AD Radio, the computer on the left receives the main mix from the mixing board. It resamples and encodes the audio, and sends it to the streaming server. It also handles phone line two. The computer in the middle handles phone line one, as well as the music and production material. The computer on the right is currently not used. Jaime tells me I should explain the tube. It is a piece of drainage tube that actually contains ten separate cables used for the radio show. It is much neater to store the cables in a piece of tubing than to have them scattered and tangled. This computers are now actually located in a separate room from the studio for noise isolation and heat reduction purposes, and the cable snake is fed through the wall.


Old Photos

Gear Stowed
Here is a shot of the studio the day of the first broadcast. The equipment is stowed in front of the table.


Gear Out
Here is a shot of the studio with the equipment out. Yes, there is a fireplace. No, it does not work. And even if it did, it is meant to burn coal. Got any coal? The cat in the background is Jerry.


Gear (profile)
Here is a side shot of the equipment, allowing you to see the main compressor. It's a Behringer MDX4600 four channel compressor, and it is used to compress the main mix, as well as to gate the caller audio to reduce background noise. The cat is one of our other cats, Stella.


Gear Stowed
The equipment stows nicely in between the desk and the computer area when not in use.


Equipment


We use quite a bit of equipment for AD Radio, and the collection is constantly growing. Our current broadcast setup includes:

Mixer:

Yamaha MG12/4FX Mixer. [link]

Alesis MultiMix 12FXD 12-channel Mixer. [link]

Microphones:

Two Heil Sound PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphones. [link]

Two CAD GXL2400 Gold Diaphragm Condenser Microphones. [link]

Two Behringer UltraVoice XM8500 Dynamic Cardioid Microphones.

Microphone Preamps:

Symetrix Audio 302 Dual Microphone Preamplifier. [link]

Behringer T1953 Tube Ultragain Dual Microphone Preamp. [link]

Dynamics Processors:

Behringer Multicom Pro XL MDX4600. [link]

Behringer Composer Pro XL MDX2600. [link]

Behringer Composer MDX2100. [link]

Audio Capture:

M-Audio Delta 66. [link]

M-Audio Delta 44. [link]

M-Audio Audiophile 2496. [link]

Power Conditioner:

Samson PS15 PowerBrite Power Center[link]

Equalizer:

Biamp EQ 140 Parametric Equalizer

Computers:

Three custom PCs, including a main system that handles encoding, archiving, and phone line 2 (Athlon64 X2 4600+, 2GB Dual Chan, RAID0) and a utility PC that handles phone line 1, music, and production material (Athon XP 2600+, 1GB).

Phone System:

Skype-based phone system utilizing custom call-handling application written in Visual Basic, and custom-built line status hardware.

Effects Processor:

Behringer Virtualizer Pro DSP2024P Digital Multi-Engine 24-Bit Multi-Effects Processor. [link]

Headphones:

AKG K55 Headphones. [link]

Headphone Amplifiers:

Symetrix Audio SX204 Headphone Amplifier. [link]

Behringer HA400 Microamp Headphone Amplifier. [link]

Cables:

Custom Carnare and standard Pro Co, CBI, and Hosa cables of all sorts and sizes. [link]

Stands:

Q-Mic Professional Q-50 Scissor Mounts [link]
Nady MST-5B Boom Microphone Stands.