Studio Accessories

Studio Accessories

studio accessories

Here is a list of the accessories that you might need to further complete your Radio Studio:

  1. Microphone Processor
  2. Mic Arm
  3. Headphone Distributor
  4. Phone Hybrid Interface
  5. On-Air Light
  6. CD player
  7. Tuner FM Receiver
  8. Broadcast Desk and Furniture
  9. Talent Panel
  10. Soundproofing Panels/ Acoustic panels/ Studio Foam Wedges

1. Microphone Processor

Microphone Processor DBX286S

To stabilize the voice of the speaker on a constant level, a Microphone Processor is necessary.

This is an audio compressor than can decrease the volume of the voice when it is too loud, or amplify it when it is too low.
Doing so produces a sound that captures all the details of the voice but levels out volume changes.
Too high a volume level could distort the signal; or, if too low, it could make speech incomprehensible.

A microphone processor helps smooth the audio, minimizes background noise and cleans the signal.
It helps with the mixer control, since it is not necessary to continuously adjust the level of the microphone.
It also helps to get "Radio Sound", so that it always sounds at the right level and the speaker can concentrate on performance – rather than worry about being too close or too far from the microphone, or even speaking in too loud or too soft a voice.

Moreover, it gives more presence to the voice and allows to set it at higher level – because you are sure it will contain the peaks. Adding to it, it removes hissing noises such as those produced with words that contain an "s".

DBX 286 Microphone Preamp or Behringer Ultragain Pro MIC2200 are some of the most popular ones.

2. Mic Arm

Mic Arm, white

Studio microphones are often mounted on a special arm that keeps the microphone at the proper height.

A Mic Arm helps you move the mic around and adjust it to your liking.
These arms often extend over the audio console, computer monitors, and other equipment – leaving plenty of free table space for other instruments and paper.

3. Headphone Distributor

Headphone Distributor, Millenium, black

In the studio there is often more than one person participating in the program. For this reason, a Headphone Distributor is necessary to connect several users to the same source.

Headphone distributors have four, eight or more outputs; each one with an independent volume adjuster so as to allow each user to set a self-comfortable level.

4. Telephone Hybrid

Telephone Hybrid, ITB 101 AEV

You also need a Telephone Hybrid Interface, to join the console with audios coming from phone calls.
This is important if you want to take phone calls while you are on-air.

In simple terms, a Hybrid is an interface that connects two-wire phone lines into input and output XLRs. These XLR connectors are plugged into an audio console or I/O node.

Many Hybrids also contain echo cancellation and an automatic equaliser.

5. On-Air Light

On-Air light

How do you know a mic in the studio is live?

There is a special light just for that!
This light is automatically turned on/off by the audio console whenever a microphone channel is turned on.
In fact, in order to show everybody that the program is live, you need an On-Air light.

There must be one inside the studio, and one outside.
It prevents people from coming into the studio, opening doors or disturbing the show with any kind of noise.

6. CD Player

CD MP3 USB Player

Even though nowadays most of the music comes from some MP3 source, you still need a CD Player of good quality to play music.

The CD Player is used even just as a backup, or as a way to capture old archival material.

7. Tuner FM Receiver

Tuner, Denon, black

To monitor the real sound you are broadcasting a good quality Tuner is necessary.

This will also help you compare your on-air sound with that of your competitors.

8. Broadcast Desk and Furniture

Broadcast Desks, two

Even in a small Radio Studio, all the Broadcast Equipment here mentioned can be easily arranged on a normal-sized table.
Broadcast Desks, however, are designed to be resistant through the years, for a 24/7 use.

Their anti-scratch material and their special racks – specifically made to house Radio Studio Equipment – make this exceptional accessory just what you need to build your own solid Radio Studio: to last you for years to come.

9. Talent Panel

If you are planning on having guests on your radio show, it is important to get a Talent Panel.

With a Talent Panel, guests can control their own headphones and microphone.

It would be smart to place the Talent Panel in front of the guest’s microphone.
In fact, while the Main Announcer or Panel Operator controls everything via the Audio Console, guests often need their own individual control for headphone levels, cough mute and mic on/off.
Most panels include a headphone jack, and some also contain an XLR connector for the microphone.

10. Soundproofing Panels/ Acoustic Panels/ Studio Foam Wedges

Adding some soundproofing to your studio can really help you to improve the overall audio quality – especially if there is a lot of reverb or echo.

Foam Soundproofing Panels are the last piece of the "audio puzzle". They come in a variety of sizes and can be purchased cheaply.
If placed strategically in your broadcast area, they are an excellent way to cancel out any remaining ambient and background sounds such as street noise.

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