KCSN @California State University Northridge
January 13, 2016
When KCSN – a community service of California State University, Northridge – was approached by international shopping center developer, Westfield Corporation, to become a partner with them at their new The Village at Westfield Topanga complex in Woodland Hills, CA, they asked if KCSN could produce these "in-studio" sessions in an outdoor setting at the new center. Westfield management was interested in of KCSN's commitment to music and, in particular, the station’s frequent "in-studio" performances by both local and nationally recognized performers and wanted to capture that at the new Village shopping complex.
Westfield agreed to create studio space from which KCSN would broadcast 20 hours per week as well as an outdoor performance space. In early 2015, KCSN met with executives from both Westfield and HARMAN to discuss the logistics of equipping both the indoor studio and the outdoor performance space to enable KCSN's dual role at The Village: to produce both 'live-to-air' radio broadcasts of KCSN's regular programming and live performance to an audience of 100 - 200 in The Village.
As building moved forward, management decided to specify a Studer On Air 1500 with 6 fader extension as the primary audio mixing surface for the indoor radio studio. The OA 1500 is supported by a host of additional HARMAN products including DBX 376 mic pre / channels strips, AKG D5 microphones, JBL LSR705i speakers, Crown DCi4|300 amplifier and AKG K181 DJ headphones.
“We've found the On-Air 1500 console to be almost infinitely configurable, accommodating both analog and AES inputs and outputs and featuring a mind-numbing array of standard features, including dynamics processing, play / record to USB, multiple buses, etc,” said Mike Worrall, Chief Engineer, KCSN. “The outdoor space has been the scene of a dozen and counting live performances that have bee well received by both The Village shoppers and Westfield's management.”
The outdoor performance space also features a full solution of HARMAN products including: Soundcraft Si Impact consoles for both front-of-house and mix-to-DAW, JBL VRX series (tops and subs) for PA and SRX series monitors, AKG D5 and D40 mics, as well as mic booms, direct boxes, etc.
The radio studio construction was completed in mid September 2015 and has been used as KCSN's morning show studio since then, originating the Station's programming from 8 - 11 am, Monday - Friday. On weekends, KCSN is live from this studio from 10 AM - 3 PM.