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Studio Stevens Upgrades Studios

Belgian production facility switches to a fiber-link connection, adds new gear

Radio production facility Studio Stevens was founded by Dutch radio presenter and producer Jeroen Kijk in de Vegte and Belgian Qmusic radio DJ Kenneth Stevens in 2011.

Based in Antwerp, the facility initially served as a radio presentation, voiceover and production studio. With the recent upgrade to a fiber-link connection, the studio now allows radio broadcasters to use its premises as a location studio for long-distance interviews. Studio Stevens also provides redundant remote back-up in case of power failure.

“An assignment for a weekly live broadcast for Dutch public NPO Radio 2 convinced us to invest in a future-proof radio studio configuration. We wanted maximal compatibility with operational on-air studios for our clients,” said producer/presenter Jeroen Kijk in de Vegte.

Studio Stevens makes use of a DHD SX console, an Omniplayer radio automation system and a Prodys Prontonet IP codec. An Avid ProTools 10 set, for editing of interviews, phone-ins and station-calls completes the set-up.

“The key goal was for the Studio Stevens’ workflow to be identical to the workflow in the on-air studios of our clients in Hilversum or Brussels,” said Kijk in de Vegte. “We therefore opted for a configuration that allows the swift transfer from this studio to the various master control rooms of our clients, and really to any broadcaster who adopts the EBU SIP-standard in terms of IP connectivity.”

Kijk in de Vegte says that the new fiber-optic connection, installed in January, offers minimal delay and unlimited bandwidth, allowing linear audio contribution of live broadcasts.

Studio Stevens clients’ include Qmusic, NPO Radio 1, 2 NPO Soul & Jazz and BBC radio.

— Marc Maes