Today, the long-awaited (and somewhat delayed) shipment of digital audio routing and control equipment arrived from Wheatstone Corporation in New Bern, North Carolina. As luck would have it, I was having lunch across town when the truck arrived, so there is no photo record of how the KUSP staff broke things down when the shipping container proved to be too big to get though the station’s front door.
Duncan Lively, our Director of Foundation and Business Support, took this picture after everything got inside:
You see Chief Engineer Brant Herrett holding the “control surface” for Production Studio 2 in his hands; this is the panel with all the knobs and switches on it that the people in the studio touch. It’s all wrapped up in plastic in this shot.
To the right of Brant is what looks like a stack of industrial-strength pizza boxes. Inside those are all the audio “blades” I wrote about and showed you in a previous post. Each blade supports eight audio sources and destinations, so multiplying that all out gives you a sense of how much audio this system will ultimately be controlling at once.
The shadowy figure in the background is Steve Laufer, KUSP’s head of digital media and chief photographer. We’ll get some more pictures of the new stuff together for you in the days ahead.
Thanks again to the hundreds of KUSP donors who made this project possible. The stuff is almost all in the building now! Woo-hoo!