Media students at the University of Applied Sciences HTW in Chur, Switzerland, are learning multimedia production using Lawo RƎLAY virtual radio mixing software.
The system was installed and configured by Swiss multimedia solutions integrator 42am, co-founded by Andrin Egger and Mirko Fischli. The facilities include a radio studio with two adjacent voice-over booths, four production workstations, and a self-contained “mobile studio” in a wheeled flight case.
Egger says they chose the RƎLAY VRX4 mixing software for a simple reason: To be ready for the future.
“RƎLAY is easy to use,” he says, “[RƎLAY’s] simple touchscreen GUI looks and feels just like a tablet app, so it’s something the students aren’t afraid of.”
Fischli adds that flexibility was key in their choice of RƎLAY. “Using virtual mixing as the basis for our radio studios allows us to quickly pivot to accommodate whatever evolving technology throws at us. Any ‘virtual’ sound source on our computer, whether it comes from a browser tab or a dedicated software app, can be assigned to an onscreen fader. When we need to accommodate a new audio service, we just assign the program output to a new virtual destination.”
Lawo says its RƎLAY radio software enables broadcasters to build “virtual broadcast studios” with today’s off-the-shelf PCs.
The RƎLAY line includes VRX8 eight-fader and VRX4 four-fader virtual radio mixer, VPB virtual patch bay, and VSC virtual sound card software. All are AES67/Ravenna compliant, and multi-touch capable for use on touchscreen PCs and laptops. In addition, adds Lawo, RƎLAY can mix all types of native PC audio using included ASIO, WDM, WASAPI and MME drivers, as well as AES67/Ravenna streams.