Hardware Lists

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This page serves as a list of hardware that may be needed by radio broadcast stations. Not all stations need all items and some items negate others.

Standardized OSR Appliance Hardware

There is a dedicated page to the hardware lists that are used in the PMW turnkey appliances. You can find it at PMW Hardware. All software released by PMW is tested against this hardware for function, stability, and security.

Studio

  • Consoles
    • Peavey PV-10USB or higher recommended $270
      • Contains mic pre-amps, compressor, unbalanced inputs
      • Barebones for broadcast but will get you on the air, combines other equipment, and can be used later for audio production
    • Arrakis Arc8 $800
    • Al Davis starting at $1300?
      • Can Al provide built-in USB interface option?
    • AudioArts Air 1 USB $1800
    • AudioArts Air 4 $3800?
    • Open source midi based digital console
  • Mics
  • Mic Amps/Processors
    • Al Davis prebuilt and kits
    • Opensource processor NABRAP
  • Consummer/iPod input converters
    • Peavey STI
    • ART Cleanbox
    • Rolls MB15b Promatch
  • Wiring
    • CAT7 based
    • Adapters XLR, TRS, RJ45
    • floor/wall outlets
    • color coded
  • Studio Computers
    • recycled systems
    • new systems
      • standard parts lists
      • available prebuilt
    • PCI audio cards
    • USB audio interfaces
  • Rivendell Automation System
  • Audio Encoder
  • Midi Control surface for live/live assist
  • CD Players
  • Turntables
  • Auxiliary Inputs
  • Headphones and amplifiers
  • Telephone Hybrid

Audio Routing

  • CAT7 Duplexer
  • distribution amps
  • matrix switchers
  • encoders/decoders for digital streams
  • DACs and ADCs
    • Standalone
    • Interfaces for PC/appliances
    • May or may not include stream encode/decode
  • S/PDIF <-> AES converters
  • Patch panels
    • Balanced Analog
    • Digital?
  • Audio Processing
    • Equalizer
    • AGC

Transmitter

  • STL
    • Microwave
    • Private LAN
    • 802.11
    • TV Whitespace
    • Internet
    • T1
  • Audio decoder depending on STL type
  • Compressor/Limiter/Processor
  • EAS
  • Broadcast Delay (profanity)
  • Remote control for transmitter
  • modulation monitor
  • Antenna
  • Coax and possible air pump/nitrogen system
  • Remote transmitter control

Network

  • Switches
  • Internet gateway/firewall/router
  • cabling
  • patch panels
  • interface cards
  • wireless APs
  • Point to point links - STL
    • Antennas
    • Radios
    • routers


Office/Production Workstations

Phone System

Remote Broadcast

  • Cellular interfaces
  • wireless interfaces
  • Opensource codec
    • studio decoder
      • VM
      • dedicated hardware
      • VOIP
    • Commodity based encoder
    • Opensource Android based encoder
    • Opensource small low power embedded encoder
  • usb microphones
  • networking micro-routers


General Audio

  • Micro Snakes
  • Production mixers (for live instruments etc.)
  • PA equipement
  • mic stands
  • cables
  • VU Meter
  • Signal Generator


Virtual? Hardware

  • Server for centralized VPN server
  • Server for project wiki and mailing list hosting
  • Central Icecast/VOIP server to assist with ISP issues
  • Public Webcasting and archive server
  • Server for project specific OS and package repositories