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NRJ finds the energy for router expansion

Kevin Hilton 23 June 2010

French music station Radio NRJ has expanded its technical operations by adding to a routing system installed in 1995, writes Kevin Hilton. The Paris-based channel, which is aimed at the youth audience with hit-based services including Cherie FM and Rire et Chanson, now has three new subframes on the original NTP 612 router. Working through its Parisian distributor Areitec, NTP supplied the 625-800 subframes, which enable direct input of AES/EBU digital audio. These units have been connected to three other 625-800s that were installed last year. Each system has two 625-151 controllers, one as a main, the other for back-up. These work with a QNX operating panel, which allows numerous audio interface inputs and outputs to be selected, including AES3, MADI, and balanced analogue I/O and analogue microphones. "Radio NRJ installed its first NTP 15 years ago and it is still working efficiently on a 24-hour basis," comments NTP sales director Mikael Vest. "The 625-800 is based on a TDM bus architecture, which can be configured for up to 8000 x 8000 cross points, with full simultaneous switching." Radio NRJ -pronounced "energy" – runs with Axia broadcast consoles on an IP-based network. It is past of the NRJ multimedia group, which began with one radio channel and grew to have services in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Lebanon and Norway, as well as France.

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