Radio Aalsmeer has taken their on-air studio digital with a new mixing console and 'virtual radio' software solutions from Lawo. The main studio installation consists of a 16-fader Crystal surface powered by a Lawo Compact Engine.Value played a big part in the selection of Crystal, according to Lennart Bader and Niels Tenhagen, self-employed broadcast professionals who began their respective careers volunteering at Radio Aalsmeer. Funds for the renovation came from generous donations by Rabobank and Schiphol Airport, so a keen eye was kept on costs.
Radio Aalsmeer’s playout system and studio computers make use of Lawo RƎLAY VSC Virtual Sound Card software, which provides 8 'virtual sound card' instances for each Windows computer to allow direct exchange of audio between PC workstations and the RAVENNA / AES67 studio network. Another Lawo software product, RƎLAY VPB Virtual Patch Bay, provides the station’s main switching matrix.
“VPB has turned out to be versatile and has allowed us to add additional analog inputs and outputs,” said Bader. “Via the Ember+ protocol, we programmed a custom GPIO solution for tally lights and a multi-function colour strip. Even our doorbell is Ember+ powered!” Tenhagen echoed, “We are proud of what we have achieved. It is both: functional and beautiful!”