Kenya’s Classic105 streaming radio station, a part of the Radio Africa Group, recently added Lawo touch-based Virtual Radio technology with a crystalCLEAR mixing setup following another installation of Lawo virtual mixing at a Radio Africa sister station as the group transitions to a modern IP production infrastructure.
Kenya-based media company Nairobi-based Radio Africa Group implemented the crystalCLEAR system at both stations, which employs VisTool Virtual Radio Studio Builder software for fingertip touchscreen mixing. The graphical “virtual mixer” interface controls Lawo’s Compact Engine, a 1RU mixing engine with AoIP audio interfaces and DSP audio processing in the first installation of its kind in East Africa.
The touchscreen-operated 12-fader radio console was installed by Lawo distributor and systems integrator BYCE Broadcast, which worked closely with Classic105 and Lawo to meet the customer’s specific requirements.
“We’re happy with Lawo virtual consoles,” states Philip Keter, Radio Africa Group’s Technical Manager. “We have had Kiss100 FM using Lawo RƎLAY mixing for more than one year now, and we have not experienced any downtime. We are even more excited about crystalCLEAR; the presenters love its robustness, flexibility, and agility. It is not only easy to operate but actually helps enhance creativity.”