Posted on August 25th, 2014
Australia, May 2014: Double J, the newest radio station for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), launched on April 30th 2014. The Digital only station replaces DIG MUSIC, and is available on DAB, mobile apps, the web and TV set top boxes.
The DIG music service was handed over to the Triple J network last year, and after much discussion and secrecy, Double J was (re)born. Double J fits nicely in the Triple J portfolio, along side it their other digital station UNEARTHED, started back in October 2011 which offers a launch pad for new Australian artists.
The Double J brand is steeped in history, first going to air on January 19 1975, technically making it Triple J’s older, younger sibling, and this time around they launched with the song Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Get Ready for Love.
The Triple J network predominately operates from their studios in Ultimo, Sydney. These are equipped with 3 x STAGETEC ONAIR 24 consoles and a small cluster router. The cluster router interfaces to the MCR for access to the entire national switcher, and acts as a mini router for the studios enabling them to work together as a stand alone system providing a high level of redundancy.
In order to facilitate live content for Double J, a new studio needed to be built. Shared between Double J and Unearthed, Studio 264 was fitted out with the latest ONAIR Flex console from STAGETEC.
The new ONAIR Flex console fits seamlessly inside the studio furniture, and provides a simple and intuitive interface for presenters. The console in Studio 264 is a split 12 Fader layout, with a monitor module for routing and embedded intercom.
A new feature of the ONAIR Flex console is the web interface control. The Remote User Interface turns any modern browser in to a control system for the console, providing EQ, Dynamics, level metering, faders, routing and user snapshots all from the web page.
The new studio connects to the existing TRIPLE J cluster to share resources and connect with the router, whilst proving unique PAD (Program Associated Data) for the individual streams.
You can listen to Double J at http://doublej.net.au/ondemand