Telos ProStream Aids Jag Radio
Ala. — Jag Radio, the student-run radio station for the University of South
Alabama, has been an Internet-only radio station since its start in October 2010.
You can visit us at www.jagradio.net.
We started with a hand-me-down computer and a shelf in the radio edit
lab at the University of South Alabama. Today, we have our own studio that we
call “The Bunker.” We have upgraded to a better secondhand computer, and have made
some headway into better technological operations.
|Louis Gannon in ‘The Bunker.’ The Telos ProStream can be seen to the
right in the rack.
recently ordered the Telos Systems ProStream audio encoder. That has made a big
It came with everything it said it would have — well, almost: a manual
was not in the box. Thankfully, I had downloaded a copy beforehand to
familiarize myself with the equipment. I placed a quick call to the support
desk and had an official copy in my hands the next day.
install went smoothly. From opening the box to putting it in the rack and
getting booted up took a total of 15 minutes. The setup took a little longer. That was
mainly due to using the front panel for setup and having to dial each letter
and number. I tried using the LAN interface and had difficulty until I called Telos
tech support and they walked me through it. (For those who don’t have an IT department
or IP sub-netting knowledge, download a copy of the Telos Z/IP ONE manual and
look at Chapter 9, which gives you a quick tutorial.) Perhaps in later software
versions, the USB port could be utilized for a method of initial setup.
stream setup was flawless. I plugged in the cable to the Internet, restarted
Shoutcast and boom! We were broadcasting. I was very happy with the results.
Then I went to the Omnia Processing menu and was blown away.
ProStream is worth the price just for the processing. I dialed through the
settings to try the different presets. I picked a setting and applied it. My
jaw dropped. The clarity was amazing. I tested some classic rock and was able
to pick out each instrument. The bass was not overpowering and the processed
sound was crystal clear with no artifacts.
listenership has increased more than 200 percent since we installed the
ProStream. I have received a number of compliments on the quality of the sound
that our stream is producing. The staff here at Jag Radio is blown away by the
night-and-day difference in quality and uptime.
ProStream is also perfect for the road. We took the ProStream out of the studio
and into the press box at the stadium for our rivalry game this football
season. The results were stellar. Before, we had to stream using my laptop. Connecting
to the server was a nightmare; it usually took 20 minutes just to connect. This
time, only 10 minutes elapsed between walking into the booth and broadcasting.
price, this is a box that no station — even small market or college radio
stations — should be without. It is an investment, and the improvement in the quality
of the sound, along with decreased strain on station computing resources, makes
it well worth it.
For information, contact Clark
Novak at Telos Systems in Ohio at (216) 241-7225 or visit www.telos-systems.com.
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