North-West University’s PUKfm Campus Radio Station Relies on Studer by HARMAN to Upgrade Broadcast Capabilities

Studer OnAir 1500 digital mixing console provides solid foundation for future technology upgrades

POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa—PUKfm, the radio station for North-West University’s Potchefstroom campus, has selected the Studer by HARMAN OnAir 1500 digital mixing console to upgrade its broadcast studio. Student DJs use the console to host shows from a small studio space, and the OnAir 1500 provides them with the upgraded functionality and reliability they required as well as an intuitive interface that is easy to learn and use.

The station was looking to replace an older analog console and needed to ensure that the digital solution they chose would be compatible with future technology upgrades. The OnAir 1500 has given PUKfm more advanced built-in audio processing and many powerful features and functionality to meet the station’s immediate needs. The console’s input/output (I/O) density, integrated USB playback and recording capabilities have been especially useful for students producing radio shows.

Chris Grant, CEO of local integration company NetDynamix Broadcast Services, has extensive experience with a range of products from HARMAN Professional Solutions. As a longtime Studer installer and user, he felt confident the OnAir 1500 was the right fit for the university.
According to Grant, the school wanted a console that was fast to install and easy for non-engineers to learn, while also producing the best sonic quality. They also emphasized the need for a console that could improve day-to-day operations, be extremely reliable and provide strong local technical support. For Grant, Studer met all of these needs and more.

“This project was more of a digital upgrade rather than a full-blown rebuild,” Grant said. “Nevertheless, the station wanted to prepare for any possible enhancements they might undertake in the future. The OnAir 1500 is now the foundation for any additional technology upgrades.”

The school’s technical staff became comfortable working with the new digital console very quickly. The students have found it easy to configure and operate as well.

NetDynamix Broadcast Services is proud to be aligned with HARMAN Professional Solutions through local South African distributor Wild & Marr. “Wild & Marr gives us amazing support and makes the sales, service and warranty processes very simple,” Grant said. “They bring huge value to us as an integrator and are one of the many reasons we continue to depend on HARMAN Professional Solutions to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations.”


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