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Mataró Ràdio Renovates With AEQ and Dante

Arena and Forum digital consoles work across IP networks

MATARÓ, SPAIN — Mataró Audiovisual was born in 2006 as a public entity within the city’s local governing council. Its mission is to handle the region’s audio-visual communication initiatives.

AEQ has been with us from the start of our journey. Back in 2006, we launched our first studios with AEQ analog consoles and the Mar4win automation systems, also from AEQ.

Two years later, in 2008, we expanded our facilities, acquiring two AEQ Arena digital consoles, with 15 faders each, connected to an AEQ BC2000D routing and mixing engine, one of the most powerful available on the market.

With this installed legacy, one of the requirements for our new studios was to use IP technology in order to flexibly connect equipment between the different studios and central control. We built an IP network that connects the consoles in both studios and an input/output interface for the central control equipment rack. This basic infrastructure allows us to grow as our needs do.

With this in mind, we decided upon AEQ Forum IP digital consoles with 12 faders each and Dante network AoIP technology, as well as the AEQ NetBox 32 AD audio interface with high number of inputs and outputs.

Another advantage of using AEQ Forum IP console is that our temporary home at the nearby University of Mataró, was already using the Forum IP in their radio studios. This made operation easier for our staff while our studios were out of commission.

In order to extend the console’s control and operation, we have added the optional Forum IP Screen software. It provides a convenient display of all console main parameters: VU meters, clock and timer, on-air status and phone lines.

Thanks to the IP network we were able to reuse previously acquired equipment such as our AEQ Arena console. The Arena separates its control surface from its routing and mixing engine, located on the floor below in central control. This allows us to change the studio’s settings without having to leave central control.

The Rádio Mataró move project has been supervised by General Manager, Mai Ros, and our technical team, with the collaboration of Nacho Olivella, AEQ sales area manager for Catalunya. NRD Multimedia has been the main contractor for the renovation project.

For information, contact Peter Howarth at AEQ in Florida at 1-800-728-0536 or visit