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Equipment for a Radio Station

In order for a radio station to be operational and successful, it is important to have the necessary equipment. This will include transmission equipment as well as studio equipment, in this article, we are going to look at some of the production and studio equipment that are required.

Microphone

Microphones are used for converting the sound waves into electrical energy.

Silent Microphone boom arms

These are used to hold and move microphones.

CD players

Plays music.

Mixer

This is used by a DJ to control various aspects of radio broadcast.

Amplifiers

Are used for making low power signals high.

Monitor Speakers

There are for monitoring the quality of broadcast.

Speaker Mounts

They are used to hold speakers.

Computer automation software

The software can be used for wide variety of purposes, replacing multiple functions that were used by other functions.

Rack Mounts

Used for holding equipment.

Power Surge Protection Units

These are used to supply power and protect equipment from power surges.

Equipment for a Radio Station

Vintage Audio Review

Now that we are talking about studio equipment, we might as well go back in time and do some reviews of turntables. These were very popular in the past when people used vinyl to stream their music. Though they are not very common nowadays, with the advent of CD’s, they can still be found on the market.

The Best Turntable Under $100: Audio Technica AT-LP60BK

Rediscover your classic 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records on this affordable, fully automatic belt-drive turntable. With its built-in switchable phono preamp, the AT-LP60BK may be connected directly to your computer, home stereo, powered speakers and other components that have no dedicated turntable input. The turntable is supplied with an integral Audio-Technica Dual Magnet phono cartridge with replaceable stylus.

Features

  • Fully automatic operation
  • 2 speed turntable – 33 1/3 and 45 RPM
  • Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter
  • Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier with RCA output cables to connect to audio systems and powered speakers
  • Integral Dual Magnet phono cartridge with replaceable diamond stylus

The Best Under $200: Electrohome Signature

This fully automatic belt-driven turntable spins 7, 10 and 12-inch records at three speeds of 33 1/3, 45 and 78 revolutions per minute, ensuring that you enjoy the entire vinyl library can be enjoyed. Each cabinet is handcrafted with real wood and a rich walnut finish. Premium audio components such as the conical-shaped sapphire tipped needle and tuned acoustic speaker chambers inside the unit give the Signature Music System room filling sound that creates a warm and crisp listening experience. With the natural sound of vinyl, and four high-performance speakers, you’ll hear details that you’ve never heard before.

Features

  • Retro inspired record player delivers room filling sound with a perfectly tuned acoustic cabinet and four speakers for high fidelity audio performance
  • Plays vinyl records, AM/FM radio, CDs, MP3s through USB and includes a 3.5mm auxiliary input for music from your iPhone, iPad, Android or any other smartphone or tablet
  • Authentic handcrafted real wood cabinetry with deep walnut finish creates a vintage design backed by Electrohome’s 100 years of developing analog audio systems
  • Conical-shaped sapphire tipped ceramic needle provides better audio performance with a warm and natural tone and will not harm even your most cherished albums
  • Record any vinyl album to MP3 songs through a built-in USB port without connecting to a computer. Just plug in your USB drive and press record – it’s that easy

Best Under $300 – Audio Technica LP-120BK-USB

Rediscover your classic 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records on this affordable, fully automatic belt-drive turntable. It comes with a built-in switchable phono preamp, the AT-LP60BK may be connected directly to a computer, home stereo, powered speakers and other components that have no dedicated turntable input. The turntable is supplied with an integral Audio-Technica Dual Magnet phono cartridge with replaceable stylus.

Features

  • Fully automatic operation
  • 2 speed turntable – 33 1/3 and 45 RPM
  • Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter
  • Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier with RCA output cables to connect to audio systems and powered speakers
  • Integral Dual Magnet phono cartridge with replaceable diamond stylus

Best Under $500: Pro-Ject – Debut Carbon DC

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC boasts an incredible carbon-fiber tonearm for stiffness, an updated DC power supply for resolute speed stability, and the critically acclaimed Ortofon 2M Red moving-magnet cartridge for exceptional detail retrieval. When you’re ready to hear what high-end analog really sounds like at an extremely affordable cost, this superb plug-and-play ‘table is the only one that should be on your radar. By decreasing unwanted resonances, the 8.6″ carbon-fiber tonearm immediately yields higher fidelity from any LP you play. Combined with the preinstalled 2M Red, this arm/cartridge combination delivers exceptional tracking and recovery of the musical nuances found within vinyl grooves. A hefty platter, low-noise motor with effective decoupling, stable isolation feet that protect Debut Carbon DC from vibrations, and multiple high-gloss color options are icing on the cake.

Features

  • 6″ carbon tonearm
  • Increased platter size with more weight
  • Precision belt drive with synchronous motor
  • New Sorbothane motor suspension
  • Ortofon 2M Red cartridge

Best Under $1000:PRO-JECT RM-5.1 SE

The RM-5.1 SE makes a stunning design and audio performance statement in a “value oriented” performance package featuring a Sumiko Blue Point No.2 high-output moving coil cartridge that is factory mounted for your convenience. A resonance-optimized platter made from MDF with integrated vinyl mat rests upon an MDF plinth with a suspended motor assembly optimized for low resonance and speed stability.

The table incorporates a stainless steel axle that runs on a Teflon bearing plate in a bronze housing for lower wow-and-flutter and superior speed accuracy. Three-point aluminum cone feet further reduce noise and vibration. A fixed headshell 9” carbon fiber tonearm with precision Swiss bearings and rigid carbon fiber arm tube provides superior tracking and cartridge control. Accurate adjustment of both VTA and azimuth is easy. Detachable interconnect cable and a screw down record clamp are included.

Features

  • Dark Gray Piano Lacquer Plinth
  • 33 and 45 rpm (78 rpm optional)
  • MM cartridge type
  • Sumiko Blue Point No.2 Cartridge

Conclusion

We now know the necessary equipment for a radio station, and depending on other ideas that you might have for your station, you might need other equipment too. We have also reviewed some of the best record players on the market that will be sure to catch the attention of people who love listening to vinyl.

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