Equipment we used for our small scale studio that resulted in big scale results

The national radio show "Making Money Sense" has been on the air for 15 plus years. We've We've are on Sirius XM, YouTube, and on WAVA in Washington DC.

I plan to use this blog (of sorts) to review the products we used over the years and to explain how we set things up and how they work. The hope being that you won't have to experience the growing pains and true nightmares we experienced along the way.

When we started the Radio Show back in 2001. Larry Rosenthal and I were on the road early Saturday mornings driving to the studio in Washington DC. That got old pretty quick for busy fellas like us. We figured out eventually how to use ISDN lines to broadcast from his house, to my house then on to WAVA. that was pretty successful for the most part but ISDN was certainly very expensive every month.


We started with a Behringer Analog Mixer, then moved to a Yamaha Analog mixer. Then we switched to Digital. We started with a PreSonus digital mixer we were happy with it, however, it felt "Like a Toy" and just not a solid workhorse. It turned out to be just that it had a two year run and then just stopped working. Now we have arrived at a the Yamaha TF series digital mixer.

The TF Series offers unique ways to do a lot of things you need in a small studio. Mix-Minus with full on and off options on each channel can easily be accomplished with Aux Sends. The IPAD remote software is truly awesome with the ability to customize which faders appear on the screen. With the host remote using a Comrex NX Access and the Flagship studio (WAVA) using a Comrex Access Rack, plus a Comrex STAC for telephones, A good mix-minus solution was an absolute requirement. We just ordered the Dante card for the TF mixer and are excited about the abilities that will unlock for us.

VOIP was a must for us. We use the TechFort VOIP solution. This allows us to have our phone screener in Florida, our Host in Virginia and our Studio in Washington State. Calls come in to both the studio and the screener in Florida. He can pick them up and transfer them to the STAC, the studio can then Park the Call from the STAC back to the VOIP system and the screener can take the callers information after they have been on the air. It's an elegant and fast solution.

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