Kigali, Rwanda-based KISS FM has opted to implement IP technology in their new studios. Station staff is now using large-sized touchscreens with Lawo RƎLAY VRX software instead of conventional mixing consoles. This, says Lawo, gives the station’s new broadcast facilities a modern and uncluttered appearance, suitable for visual radio.
KISS FM’s Managing Director John Wilkins points out that the station is the first in the country to implement IP technology for broadcast.
“Touchscreen mixing is a huge advantage because it’s so easy to learn and use. Today’s radio hosts are used to touchscreen phones and tablets so they love our new RƎLAY touchscreen mixer,” he said.
“Our presenters have all social media platforms and Skype on the touchscreen so at the touch of an on-screen button they can interact with the huge KISS FM community online who are invited to shape our programs — it’s an innovative approach that has made us a clear market leader.”
The RƎLAY virtual mixing console runs in a virtualized PC environment. The solution lets users build an entire broadcast studio on a single touchscreen PC that hosts the playout system, software codecs and streaming encoders.