FCC Open Today: Area Applications

Dale H. Cook radiotest@plymouthcolony.net
Sat Feb 13 16:05:53 EST 2010

At 02:19 PM 2/13/2010, Robert S Chase wrote:

>If one can have a virtual office, why not a virtual studio?

You could, but it might be expensive. In our cluster all announce and 
production positions use an RE20 with shock mount, pop filter, and 
Symetrix 528E processor. With a mike boom that would set an announcer 
back $1,300. Add $200 for a decent quality USB audio interface and 
you get $1,500. Even with that investment you would not get the same 
result as voice tracking in the studio, since each announcer would 
need their own automation system at home to do that, at a cost of 
about $10,000 per jock for one of the top-end systems. Trying to do a 
shift live from home over the internet would be possible, but the 
uncontrollable delay of the internet and other uncertainties would 
make it problematical.

For a remote office all you really need is remote management of the 
office computer.

Dale H. Cook, Chief Engineer, Centennial Broadcasting, 
Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA - WZZU / WZZI / WLNI / WVMP

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