HHB Communication aids University Radio Nottingham refurbishment

As part of its refurbishment over the summer, University Radio Nottingham replaced the crux of its technical infrastructures with new equipment including two Studer OnAir 1500 audio mixers supplied by HHB Communication.

The new line up of digital audio technology is completed by a DirectOut Andiamo MADI audio router and Lynx digital sound cards with installation handled by radio staff.

University Radio Nottingham is based in Nottingham University’s Portland Building and provides 16 hours of programming, seven days a week over AM radio and the Internet

“This is first major upgrade of the studio facilities in over ten years,” says Robin Murphy, the outgoing Station Editor.

“The Studer mixers offer an impressive level of flexibility and we’ve been able to integrate them with our playout systems and red-light switching. The MADI distribution system has allowed us to rationalise the audio cabling and replace analogue multi-core with fibre cables.”

The routing functions of the Studer OnAir 1500 mixers has been configured to create a facility wide audio matrix and both mixers are fitted with MADI expansion cards and the Relink I/O sharing software option. 

The DirectOut Andiamo is installed in the central technical rack and fibre MADI cables have been used to create a multi-channel audio loop. Lynx Studio AES16e cards have been fitted to the station’s audio computers and connect to the OnAir 1500’s AES/EBU ports allowing audio signals from each area to be routed and shared across the facility. 

“University Radio Nottingham’s new facility is very impressive and professional,” says HHB Educational Sales Manager Andrew Hingley.

“The staff is largely made up of a very knowledgeable group of volunteers and many of the installation team have already graduated from the University. This installation also highlights that the continued popularity of MADI technology has made it affordable for radio facilities of all sizes.”