Leading French radio station Europe 1 has recently outfitted its studios with a pair of Studer OnAir 3000 digital consoles. The consoles were acquired through Audiopole, Studer’s French distributor.
Europe 1 was established in 1955 and is owned and operated by Lagardère Active, a subsidiary of the Lagardère Group. The audio system was upgraded following a redesign of the studios in 2013.
After an extensive review of console options, the network opted for the OnAir 3000 consoles, installing the first one at the end of December 2013 and the second in April.
The consoles feature rack-mountable mainframes that house the power supplies and host processing.
Europe 1’s head of engineering Michaël Allouche, says: “We have already had good experiences with an OnAir 3000 a couple of years ago, the console is reliable, modular, flexible and robust. So it was quite natural to stay with the same model.”
The OnAir 3000 includes six fader strips and up to eight fader modules may be fitted, giving a maximum console size of 48 faders.
Layout options range from a highly comprehensive engineer-operated continuity console to a single fader panel for DJ and newsroom use or even a PC-operated system with no physical desk controls.
The console has three main stereo mix buses plus an audition facility, four stereo aux. buses and 16 mix-minus sends which are configurable as AUXes. It also features three independent studio monitoring circuits as well as offering full dynamics, EQ and input/output routing on each channel.
“The console is very easy to use and the users are happy to get extensive talk-back capabilities on the console from the control room to the headphones in the studio and to external phone lines and codec as well,” states Allouche. “Using the snapshots is also very useful, there are many different users and they have all their own configuration.”