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Success for Studer in Italy

Console-maker’s Italian distributor Leading Technologies reports significant new sales

Harman Studer’s distributor in Italy, Leading Technologies, has reported noteworthy new sales of the company’s OnAir series of consoles — and in particular the OnAir 3000.

Radio Italia recently took delivery of Harman Studer gear for its new digital terrestrial studios near Milan. The station previously had a Studer OnAir 2000 and was looking to upgrade, it said. As a result, Leading Technologies provided the station with an OnAir 3000 and a central SCore live router in the main studio, along with a new OnAir 1500 in each of the four production areas, after decommissioning its former digital desks.

Leading Technologies made another multiple OnAir 3000 sale to Radio Maria in Erba, Italy. Today there are 65 Radio Maria stations broadcasting on five continents, with 19 in the Americas, 19 in Europe, 18 in Africa, four in Asia and one in Oceania, with more than five radios for linguistic minorities and a twinning in Lebanon.

According to the firm, the OnAir 3000s handle a lot of live transmission but they also make heavy use of the telephone hybrid — with a minimum of four to six lines for telephone-in — and codec for ISDN.

“Because of the time differences around the world you can say it’s a virtually 24/7 operation,” said Leading Technologies sales manager, Lucio Gerelli. “It’s entirely on-air, with only speech and IP transmission from other countries and churches. With all the integration and interconnection of the desk, it’s one of the biggest systems we have provided.”

Leading Technologies has also begun two new installations for Group Elemedia, which operates some of Italy’s largest radio stations, including Radio DJ, Radio Capital and M20, between Milan and Rome. In Rome, Leading Technologies has reinforced its relationship with the organization by providing an OnAir 3000 for each of the nine studios, with a central router and two OnAir 1500s in the production studio.

Elsewhere, the company has installed two further OnAir 3000s at Radio 24 in Milan along with four OnAir 1500s and a central router, while its ongoing program with the national broadcaster RAI’s regional stations has been expanded with a new 15-fader OnAir 3000 (12+3) in Bari.