Fla. — Beginning in 1996 and through 1997, I had the opportunity to
rebuild the studios and offices for our six stations located in
Orlando. Fast forward 15 years and once again it was time to rebuild
the studios for the same stations, plus a few additional ones that
had been acquired along the way.
first time around, we used prefab furniture from the same company
that provided the consoles and prewiring. No longer needing to
accommodate turntables, reel-to-reel tape machines, cart decks and
cassette loggers, I now had a chance to design and build out new
studios to fit the stations’ needs instead of forcing them to adapt
their occupancy and work practices to fit the space they had been
big part of the success behind building studios is in designing the
furniture to provide an ergonomic workspace, yet fulfill the
technical requirements needed.
in the 21st century now require anywhere from five to seven
flat-screen monitors, four or more computers, and computer-based IP
engines and phone systems, all of which generate heat; so thinking
about air flow through the furniture is very important. Less
important to the engineer, but very important to the jocks, is the
workspace to bring in guests.
there are a lot of things to consider when designing the studio
furniture but none are more important than who will be building it.
My choice for the task is Balsys.
begins with the design phase. First, we put some basic ideas into
Visio and pass them off to Balsys. Then we exchange emails and phone
calls back and forth until a design is created and finalized. Once
the final drawings are signed off, it is handed off to the shop and
their master cabinetmaker and assistants.
the furniture designed and built from scratch, especially with each
station’s differing needs, is great. This approach allows me to
indicate where I need headphone and microphone control panels routed
into the furniture or under the tabletops. I can have Balsys drill
the large holes needed for routing electric and audio cables that run
inside and around the furniture as well as to the outside world.
consoles these days often being control surfaces that barely drop
below the tabletop, you can design the studio with plenty of leg room
and keep the studio look very clean. Just add the mic booms and
multi-monitor mounts and a bunch of network cables to connect up all
the pieces and you are done.
am particular about maximum ventilation and airflow to keep the
equipment cool. I had Balsys include the maximum number of access
doors and customize each of the access panels with large metal
screens above and below center. We also included enough rack space to
permit keeping at least 1RU space in-between each piece of equipment
and use vented rack panels for these spaces.
I am very pleased with the way things have turned out; and the
programming staff loves the new studios, too. I am fortunate to work
with a lot of great folks here at Clear Channel Media &
Entertainment in Orlando, and everyone appreciates the end result of
that hard work. Balsys and their attention to detail has been a big
part of that success.
information, contact Balsys Wood Arts in Florida at (407) 654-7611 or