Modernization of radio broadcast complex in Frankfurt
At the turn of 2014/2015 MCI sucessfully finished the last of five radio broadcasting complexes for HR in Frankfurt. In April 2012, the Studio Hamburg Media Consult International (MCI) GmbH had been commissioned by the HR broadcasting service (Hessischer Rundfunk) to modernize four broadcast complexes in Frankfurt / Main including the option to modernize a fifth. The first two broadcast complexes were handed over to the HR in February 2013 and the other two in March 2014.
The broadcasting complexes, which were taken in use in the year 1999, continuously met the limits of today’s technology and functionality. Therefore a replacement and a conversion to current technology was unavoidable. MCI, as the general contractor, is responsible for the supply, the installation, the initial operation, the documentation as well as for the trainings on the new equipment, which is applied, in the four new broadcast complexes.
The HR decided to use the SERIX audio mixer (Mandozzi). A total of 16 audio mixers are connected by a redundant designed IDEA audio matrix of the same fabricant. In each broadcast complex a Draco tera KVW matrix is applied (IHSE). The already existing broadcast automation system (d’accord) is still used and interfaces are accordingly adjusted.
Each complex exists of two one-man studios, a production area, a support area and a multifunctional area. The four complexes are almost identically equipped, whereby flexibility in the editorial process is explicitly enhanced.
During the whole modernization, the broadcast of the programs hr1, hr2, hr3 and hr INFO continues on-site, so that the modernization can be effected in two stages of construction. Before the installation, each broadcast complex is gut.