There are plenty certainly cheaper than that http://www.zarastudio.es/en/
One of our sixth formers is trying to push to get a school radio set up. I've been set the task by the powers that be to try get a quote on a decent studio priced up. I've got quite a bit of experience in studio work previously so that's something I'm rather well versed in, so im looking to do that all on my own steam.
They've come across Myriad V4 to use as the playout software but the price of a licence is making my budget ache, upwards of £3k for the licence! I've only got a budget of £6k to work with to transform my dingy old office into a studio so as always trying to claw back pennies where I can.
I was wondering if any of you guys have a similar set up in your school and what you use? One of the media academies down the road from us does but their team are very protective over what they use.. grr!
Check out Rivendell. I'm just building an RSL studio with it at the moment that will be on air over Easter. Being Linux based it's 1) free 2) can be run on older hardware without worrying too much.
Rivendell Project Home Page
If you want a bit further information or anything, feel free to ask and I'll see if I can help out at all. If not, I'll ask my colleague who's been working on it too.
P.S. We chose Rivendell over Myriad V3 which we had licenses for as the kit we're using comes from a now deceased Community Station.. We felt it better suited the needs of our station..
P.P.S. The station is down in Manchester, so I'm sure (if you wanted to make the couple of hour drive / train ride) I could arrange sometime for you to see it.
The nice thing about Rivendell is it has all the features of a station. The other option you do have is (if you either have Macs or don't mind buying one) is MegaSeg MegaSeg which is a really nice piece of kit with great little scheduling features. I use it for DJing or event music production when I'm doing that sort of thing and it's pretty much faultless, though for a studio complex setup so you can work on schedules remotely, Rivendell would be your better choice.
Last edited by soveryapt; 15th February 2013 at 06:37 PM.
Have you had a look at schoolradio.co.uk ? It's Psquared (Myriad) - but it's a total plug and play solution!
They're also VERY reasonable... they're really nice people to deal with too - really helpful!
I can second schoolradio.co.uk, we have one of their mobile studio setups and it is a brilliant piece of kit, and came with a good training session.
Use zararadio on a pc connected to the desk to play podcasts, recordings, music etc with another pc taking the outputs of the desk and using windows media encoder to encode and push the stream out through a windows broadcasting (can't remember the name of it) which then gives us a feed on the internet for people to look at. we only broadcast on FM once a year (money and license dependent) using a FM encoder and broadcaster with the antenna now mounting on the tall building in the school.
The joys of it is filling out all the ofcom paper work to let you broadcast on the air with the correct frequencies and wattage power rating of the antenna.
If you want some more info im sure I could pass you on the details of the member of staff who runs the radio station and im sure he would be able to explain any of the process' better than i can.
plexer (7th March 2013)
Having been involved in radio since 1979, I recommend Station Playlist pro editions. For freebies use Zararadio (Windows) Rivendeill (Linux).
plexer (13th April 2013)
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