End Of An On-Air Era For Pioneering Studer Consoles

May 07, 2008

Studer and more than 2000 broadcasting operations around the world bid a fond farewell to the extraordinarily successful OnAir 1000 and 2000 digital mixing consoles, as the last one leaves the Regensdorf factory after more than 10 years in production, largely because of electrical components being unavailable in ROHS compliant versions.

The OnAir 2000 was introduced in 1997, although, in the annals of company history, it was overshadowed by the launch of the D-950 in the same year. A young commercial station Radio BE1 in Berne, Switzerland, purchased the first two desks to roll off the production line. Nearly ten years later, BE1 was to replace the consoles……with new OnAir 2000s!

The outstanding reliability of the OnAir 2000 set standards; its robust design and operational stability made it a workhorse in radio broadcast facilities around the world, from CBC in Canada to the Voice of Vietnam, from Radio Romania to the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. The OnAir 2000 was and still is the reference broadcast console in markets which placed high priority on availability and maintainability.

Derived from the well-established OnAir 2000 technology, the OnAir 1000 delivered the same attributes to the broadcast market for small to mid-size radio installations. Launched in 2000, its cost-effective integrated design suited nearly 1000 radio studios.

The intuitive user-interface of the OnAir 2000 was also the first glimpse of the “Touch’n’Action” philosophy currently used on the OnAir 3000 series, and the new-to-market OnAir 2500, a totally self-contained system which builds upon the operational concepts of its successful predecessors.

The OnAir 2500 made its debut at NAB 2008. Studer’s new digital all-in-one on-air console for radio applications utilises the well-established software technology derived from the highly acclaimed OnAir 3000 to deliver a new standard in ease-of-use.

The Studer OnAir 2500 is a totally self-contained system, with control surface, I/O breakout, DSP Core and power supply all integrated within a single compact chassis. It is available in three standard configurations with 12, 18 and 24 faders are available; motorised channel faders available as an option.

The Fader strips include a graphical OLED (Organic LED) screen, which contains a channel label, level and gain reduction meter and parameter readouts, adjustable via a rotary encoder and two push buttons below the display. OLED screens have a much wider viewing angle than LCDs, and have much higher definition, so operators can immediately see information much more clearly.

The large TFT colour touch screen uses Studer’s patented Touch’n’Action system, where only the most important functions have hardware control elements in the channel strip making the operation of the console very simple and stress-free.

The touch screen can also display all the relevant settings and configurations for each channel in addition to the OLED displays. A simple touch on one of the 8 small channel pushbuttons, e.g. equaliser, dynamics, AUX send, immediately opens the corresponding page on the main screen, allowing quick and easy adjustment.

The most important functions are just one finger stroke away, accessible virtually instantly – vital in a hectic, live on-air situation. The user interface is designed in the same symbolic language as the highly-regarded Vistonics™ system, and adjusted in a very flat hierarchy without the use of multi-level menus.

The OnAir 2500 provides the user with a large number of inputs and outputs in many standard signal formats. As well as interfaces on XLR and SUB-D outlets (microphone inputs, headphone outputs, Line and AES I/Os), the internal audio system also offers interfaces to digital multichannel formats such as MADI, ADAT and IEEE-1394 Firewire.

Integration with Studer’s Call Management System (CMS) is seamless, allowing caller names to be dynamically displayed as fader channel labels, while further integration of radio automation systems is easily accomplished using the Monitora protocol via serial interface or TCP/IP.

The OnAir 2500 can also support I/O sharing via Studer’s proprietary networked technology, allowing the OnAir 2500 to share signals with other Studer devices.

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