Absolute Radio uses StudioLive

Absolute Radio recently added a PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 digital console to its mobile setup.
“Absolute Radio are recording more and more sessions outside our main Soho studios, often in more unique venues where a PA isn’t necessarily part of the setup,” said Dean Woodcock, the station’s Head of Broadcast Technology and IT. “We needed a solution that was compact, portable, fully featured, and that could multitask as a FOH unit, as well as take care of our recording for broadcast. The StudioLive appealed straight away. From a live perspective it can handle both FOH and monitors and offers up a range of I/O options and onboard processing, while handling the multitrack recording, as well, with a single click, via Capture – all from the same unit.”
A wide cross-section of remote gigs have been recorded since adding the StudioLive, including last year’s Absolute Radio Christmas Sessions from House of St Barnabas, featuring Tori Amos, Doves, and Mumford & Sons, as well as the recent Absolute Radio Presents Biffy Clyro at the Houses of Parliament. “For both of those, we used [the StudioLive] to deliver both FOH and monitors, as well as to multitrack the events,” said Woodcock. “We’ve also used it as a straightforward multitrack unit to record Scouting For Girls at the Hard Rock Café, and it even stepped in as monitor console for 30 Seconds To Mars here at Absolute Radio after their own monitor board failed to fit through our front door.”
The StudioLive 16.0.2 has also been an asset to Absolute Radio’s outside broadcasting setup. "We broadcast live from a number of summer festivals, including Isle of Wight, Hard Rock Calling, Latitude, and many others,” Woodcock added. “We used to bring an entire remote-station setup in the back of two tail-lift vans, but the StudioLive has enabled us to dramatically streamline the setup, while giving us even more flexibility. For example, we sound checked and mixed Squeeze through the board while it was being used to broadcast the breakfast show live from Isle of Wight, then put the band to air to close the show.”