What equipment do I need for a FM Radio Station?

What equipment do I need for a FM Radio Station?

COMPLETE GUIDE ABOUT SELECTION OF FM BROADCAST EQUIPMENT AND FM RADIO STATION EQUIPMENT

LIST OF BROADCAST EQUIPMENT TO START A RADIO

Before to go in depth we want to give you an overview of the Radio Broadcast Equipment needed to start a Radio Station

The minimum equipment to start on the Radio Station Site is:

The minimum equipment to start on the Radio Studio is:

Then you can optionally add:

  • Microphone Processor
  • Audio Processor
  • Phone Hybrid Interface
  • Telephone
  • GSM Interface
  • On Air Light
  • CD player
  • Tuner FM Receiver good quality
  • RDS Encoder

Moreover, you can add:

  • Computer with automation and play list software
  • Computer Monitor
  • Broadcast desk and Furniture

Then a guest desk can be added with:

  • Microphone
  • Microphone Processor
  • Mic Arms
  • Headphone
  • Telephone

And an Off-Air Production Station Studio.

  • Mixer Console
  • Microphones
  • Headphones
  • Headphones distributor
  • Active Speakers Monitors
  • Mic Arms
  • Microphone Processor
  • Audio Processor
  • Phone Hybrid Interface
  • Telephone
  • GSM Interface
  • On Air Light
  • CD player
  • Tuner FM Receiver good quality
  • RDS Encoder
  • Computer with automation and play list software
  • Computer Monitor
  • Broadcast desk and Furniture

How much does radio station equipment cost?

The main aspects to consider in selecting the equipment is the economic budget.
The question is: do we need to buy high-cost devices to have a good quality radio?
The answer is: NO

By carefully choosing the material and the supplier, you can build a good quality radio station with a limited budget.

For a small local radio just a 4-channel audio console, (the type used for music recording), a microphone and headphones of a few euros, a table, a chair, a 50W transmitter and an antenna…. with less than €2.000 you are on-air!
Instead, going through infinite nuances: one or more on-air studios, guest location, off-air production studios, exclusive equipment for broadcast applications, digital audio mixer consoles of 24 or more channels, hybrids telephone inputs, expensive Orban or Axia type processors, high quality microphones and headphones, servers to store the media, software automation, furniture designed for radio broadcast applications, ups, transmission sites with 40kW transmitter, antenna systems up to 16 bay, moto-generator… the minimum cost could start with € 500,000!.

In conclusion, starting from a small budget, choosing carefully, up to large sums you can always make good radio in a dignified way and with good quality.

After all, as in all things in life, what matters is: make the right choices and have high quality content.

CONCLUSION

Building a radio or modernizing it is not an easy job but it is certainly an exciting activity.

We hope that with our help this work will be easy.

Our commitment is to help you make the right decisions and get the best results with the budget you have available.

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