User Report: Arrakis ARC-15 Finds Kindred Spirits
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. —
With a corporate broadcast studio move being planned
for Kindred Communications Co. of Huntington, W.Va., owner and
General Manager Mike Kirtner, Operations Director Reeves Kirtner and
I (the director of engineering) had some big decisions to make in the
selection of equipment to upgrade for the present and the future. Yet
we had to keep within a reasonable budget.
An ARC-15 at
The project that
started early this year involved studios for our FMs, WDGG, WCMI,
WXBW and WMGA, along with translators operating on 94.1 MHz and 98.5
MHz plus one booster facility WXBW-FM1 — and AM properties WCMI,
1340 kHz, and popular talk station WRVC, 930 kHz.
I have more than 43
years of experience in broadcast engineering, including many studio
design and build-out projects. I worked with Mike Kirtner almost
daily on ideas, designs and equipment lists. Our concerns were
ease-of-operation for the jocks, equipment quality, reliability and
staying within budget.
We homed in on
Arrakis Systems, a company I have worked with on many projects over
The Arrakis ARC-15
console offered everything we were looking for in a console to
replace our older, outdated equipment. When you’re feeding a
long-established 100 kW FM or a Class A FM, you want quality audio,
which I believe ARC-15 offers at a good price.
The ease of
installation — pretty much simply unboxing and using the Cat-5
cables provided — was a snap.
The Arrakis ARC-15
consoles we ordered came with mic preamps set, as ordered. With a
complement of four mic channels, this was perfect for the
three-person morning show on one of our stations. The built-in
dedicated phone channel, with associated rear-deck XLR connections,
interfaces well with any system.
The built-in USB
computer audio sound card and dedicated pot are so useful. Our jocks
Our Arrakis ARC-15s
came factory-calibrated. One thing: You may want to trim the audio on
any XLR input or output. Each one can be
easily adjusted with a greenie from the rear of the console, which is
also a consideration and convenience. No longer do you have to lift
the hood to make your adjustments.
I might add, you are
seeing a lot of Cat-5 cabling and RJ-45 connections these days on
many consoles for interfacing with equipment and the Arrakis ARC-15
is right in line with this trend. Changing input devices to any
channel is as easy as plugging in your cable.
We found the RF
resistance of the ARC-15 to be exceptional.
Overall, for ease
of installation and operation, with high-end audio quality and
versatility, at a price that’s more than affordable, the Arrakis
ARC-15 is a no-brainer.
contact Ben Palmer at Arrakis Systems in Colorado at (970) 461-0730
or visit www.arrakis-systems.com.