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Reading Service Deploys Arrakis Boards

Cincinnati volunteers find MARC-15 easy to use

Radio World’s Buyer’s Guide section this month focuses on consoles and mixers.

Radio Reading Services of Greater Cincinnati is using two MARC-15 boards by Arrakis. 

Since 1977 Radio Reading Services has provided access to print material for 13,000 listeners living in Greater Cincinnati who are blind, visually impaired or unable to read conventional print. Volunteers read local and national newspapers, popular magazines, grocery store ads and public service announcements for its listeners to participate fully in their communities. 

“Listeners access RRS through a subcarrier of WGUC,” said Manager of Volunteer Services Jennifer M. Holladay. “Each radio receiver has been tuned to receive our station because we provide our listeners access to copyright materials.”

She said RRS updated very old sound boards to the MARC-15 board. 

“The choice to go with the MARC was an easy one since we have had the first one for a couple years now. Staff and volunteers access the boards and find them very efficient to use.”

Anthony DeGregorio with the MARC-15 Board.

Holladay likes the multiple outputs so that more than one volunteer can record at one time, and the efficiency to control playback features. 

“The modular nature of the MARC was valuable for us, so that we can customize the board to fit our needs. We also appreciated that the MARC is a larger board, which gives us enough inputs to connect all of our equipment.”

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The MARC-15 is a 15-channel analog modular board with three stereo outputs. Connections are by balanced RJ-45.

Available modules include microphone, stereo line, phone, studio monitor and USB. With the latter, a user can play and record in digital with a Windows PC or Mac, connected by USB cable, or record audio from the board with any third-party software.