RSI Rete Tre is Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana’s third Italian-language radio station. It is based in Lugano, Switzerland.
Established in 1988, it broadcasts solely in Italian and features popular and alternative music, targeting younger audiences. With its upcoming 25th anniversary approaching, the studio decided to upgrade its main studio and chose a Harman Studer OnAir 3000 digital broadcast console for the overhaul.
RSI selected the OnAir 3000 from Studer’s Swiss distributor, Dr. W.A. Guenther. It was configured with 18 faders, multiple CAB system support, DJ and editorial monitoring, along with two master buses, recording bus, four aux buses and 16 N1 (mix-minus) buses, according to a release.
The station’s principal criteria were ease of use, since their DJs must multitask on air, and integration with the existing Studer DigiMedia playout system, said the release.
“We already have several mixers from Studer, including OnAir 5000, OnAir 1000, OnAir 1500, OnAir 2500, Vista 7 and Vista 8, and past experience has shown us that they are very reliable — particularly the OnAir 3000,” said Marco Strigl of Rete Tre’s technical support staff.
The iput/output on the desk include eight mic/line inputs; eight line inputs; 24 AES/EBU inputs; 64 MADI optical inputs; 16 ADAT optical inputs (for monitoring), eight line outputs; 24 AES/EBU outputs; 64 MADI optical outputs; and 16 ADAT optical outputs (for monitoring).
“The Studer platform offers a very easy-to-understand user interface, and for me the whole configuration tool is very flexible and powerful,” Strigl said. “The fact that our DJs and technicians already know the philosophy behind these mixers makes it very easy to specify Studer products.”