Thanks for the thoughts. The Orban OptiMod looks out of their price range. The 'Roll' Super Stereo looks like
it might be reasonable, and the Aphex Dominator II is definintely affordable for this station. They are currently
using a type of plug-in software compressor.
>The quality of good internet radio is ahead of FM
Ahh, PRR, how are things? My 45/100 is working smoothly now, thank you for your help here on the forums some
months ago. The radio station: They're not broadcasting good quality internet radio. With their current bandwidth,
FM will be an improvement.
>and I just bet they are not broadcasting from vinyl.
When I went in, they had a turntable or two at each desk. Apparently they do quite a bit of vinyl broadcasting.
They're using these players that have USB outputs, direct to computer. I have my suspicions about these, too.
>These kids are looking for fashion and begging for dead-air.
I'm finally watching the last season of Sopranos on TV now (cable gets to my part of Canada slowly). Imagine
a college level radio station office filled with emotional copies of the distraught kid in the Soprano family who is
constantly lamenting: "Things are terrible in the Middle East and Darfur, yet we sit and do nothing. Oh, and I
want a tube compressor."
>"Come back when you grow up, kids."
Right. But as an "alumni" I can't be too rough. The motivation is that I have an interest in learning a bit more
about their end of radio. Admittedly nobody at the University station is able to teach anything about radio, but
I'll be able to learn a few things from their equipment.
>You mean, actual AM/FM Broadcasting?
They've been licensed by the CRTC (Canadian FCC). At 300 watts, it's not a high power license (I get a 1000 watt
maximum as an advanced amateur). There are a number of regulations, and inspections are to be carried out by a
CRTC agent prior to any on-air (non-internet) proceedings take place. Inspections are not cheap, and as a result,
the station has been working on consultations with a number of professionals in an attempt to minimize the number
of failed inspections. I forget the exact inspection fee (per inspection), but it was over $2k. The station will be
provided with a series of statistical requirements regarding their future broadcasts, including what will be needed in
terms of compression or limiting, so there will be numbers to work with at some point.
At any rate, the case I keep trying to explain to these folks is that budgeting $2-3k for a "tube compressor" is the
least of their worries. They are using USB turntables and USB "podcasting" microphones. There seem to be a number
of fairly weak points in the signal chain. And there are more problems with the people sitting in front of the
broadcasting microphones, too, but I'm not a professional in those fields.