|Radio Systems Millenium Console
by Mark Persons
Radio World Article
October 24, 2001
few years ago, two of my customers became "hooked" on the Radio Systems line
of analog audio consoles. I enjoyed
the same excitement when installing the consoles.
all started when I was asked to recommend a console to a broadcaster who still
believes in programming live 18 hours a day.
The console had to be rugged, reasonably priced, and the audio had to be
clean. That ruled out all consoles
with audio transformers. Over my 30
years of radio broadcast engineering, I have installed and reinstalled well over
100 audio consoles. All have their
good points and bad points.
noticed that Radio Systems was gaining a good name in the industry with the
RS-12 series 12 channel audio consoles. This
was not Radio Systems� first effort at producing a good audio console. The RS-12 was built from lessons learned on console designs
produced over a number of years.
installing the first one at WJJY Radio in Brainerd, MN, there was no turning
back. The client was so impressed
that he would accept nothing else for his main studios.
To date, he has purchased one for each of his 7 stations and ordered two
more for stations scheduled to be built soon.
Three of them are in his new $800,000 studio facility in Brainerd.
brought on this attitude? The Radio
Systems RS-12, and later the RS-12A Millenium Audio Consoles, are designed to be
rugged and easy to use while keeping audio quality high.
The operators love them. They
just feel good to operate. Don't
know why they spelled Millennium with just one "n."
I suppose they were trying to keep the end user cost down.
like the red peak lights on each analog VU meter.
Console output commands to start and stop CD players and digital audio
storage equipment are easily programmable with computer type plug-in jumpers.
The commands can be continuous or momentary.
Audio stays on the audio cards in the bottom of the console and is
adjusted by audio voltage controlled amplifiers, which are clean as a whistle
and have left to right stereo gain matched to fractions of a DB.
Front panel buttons turn the VCA's on and off.
Front panel slide pots are DC controls for the VCA's.
Radio Systems RS-12A 12 channel Millenium console was introduced two years ago.
It was a very nice upgrade to the RS-12.
It kept the wonderfully clean audio boards in the bottom of the console
frame and replaced the black colored top with a beige/blue panel of the same
size. The most interesting changes
were soft rubber pushbuttons with LED lamps instead of the original hardware
switches with incandescent lamps. The
new buttons have a really nice feel as well as being completely silent in their
operation. The factory people tell me the meters have been improved to
be more accurate. Either way, they
work just fine.
stations with the original RS-12 console, there is an upgrade kit, which will
replace the black top with the new beige/blue Millenium top.
They even throw in new wood sides to make it look like a new console.
The kit is $2000. For $2500, you can send a console to the factory for the
complete reworking including bringing it up to factory new specifications.
A new RS-12A 12 channel audio console is just $5,495.00.
6 channel, 18 channel, and 24 channel models are available too.
High quality P&G faders are available as an option.
You can learn more details at the Radio Systems website
|Mark Persons, ham W0MH, is certified by the
Society of Broadcast Engineers as a Professional Broadcast Engineer with more
than 30 years experience. He has written numerous articles for Radio World over
the years. His website is www.mwpersons.com
From the Radio World Buyer's Guide
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