France—Leading French radio station Europe 1 has recently outfitted its studios
with a pair of HARMAN Studer OnAir 3000 digital consoles. The consoles were
sold through Audiopole, Studer’s French distributor.
In existence since
1955, Europe 1 is owned and operated by Lagardère Active, a subsidiary of the
Lagardère Group. As part of a redesign to its studios, Europe 1 required an
upgrade to its audio system. After an extensive review of console options, the
network opted for the OnAir 3000 consoles, installing the first one at the end
of December 2013 and the second in April. The consoles are Modulo types, featuring
rack-mountable mainframes that house the power supplies and host processing.
The consoles are mounted into the studio desks, integrated with the attractive
décor of the rooms.
“We already have
had good experiences with an OnAir 3000 a couple of years ago, the console is
reliable, modular, flexible and robust,” said Michaël Allouche, Europe 1’s head
of engineering. “So it was quite natural to stay with the same model.”
The OnAir 3000 design is based on a completely modular desk
and a new DSP engine. The fader module includes six fader strips, and up to
eight fader modules may be fitted, giving a maximum console size of 48 faders.
Layout options range from a highly comprehensive engineer-operated continuity
console to a single fader panel for DJ and newsroom use or even a PC-operated
system with no physical desk controls. The console has three main stereo mix
buses plus an audition facility, four stereo aux. buses, 16 mix-minus sends,
configurable as AUXes and three independent studio monitoring circuits and
offers full dynamics, EQ and input/output routing in each channel.
Since the OnAir
3000 consoles have been installed, Europe 1 is very pleased with the results.
“The console is
very easy to use and the users are happy to get extensive talk-back
capabilities on the console from the control room to the headphones in the
studio and to external phone lines and codec as well,” said Michaël Allouche. “Using
the snapshots is also very useful, there are many different users and they have
all their own configuration.”
For more information on Europe 1, please visit www.europe1.fr
For more information on Audiopole, please
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