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The Dancefloor Classics Studio

For the audiophiles, anoraks and techies among us......

We do it differently.

Most radio stations of today apply very high levels of processing to compress the audio signal so that they sound artificially "loud." This sounds ok through the average car stereo or in a noisy workplace through a small radio, but it has a detrimental affect to the dynamic range and overall quality of reproduction, especially when played back through a good quality hi-fi system with large loudspeakers.  For this reason, our studio output uses only minimal "class A" compression giving the best possible audio quality and retaining the quality and dynamics of the music.



Our policy on audio quality.


We are committed to ensuring that by the time our broadcast reaches you the sound is as close as possible to the original cd or vinyl recording. An important part of this process is the signal source - the studio. Our studio uses the latest Denon media controllers and players giving state-of-the art audio quality.


For the Sky broadcast, the show is uploaded using OGG.Vorbis compression at Q7 (VBR) which, bit-rate for bit-rate, is far superior to the more commonly used mp2 or mp3 and gives better stereo imaging, soundstage and definition. 


The audio signal for the podcast is taken directly from the output of the studio mixing console without passing through any of the radio station or SKY processing or compression. It is then encoded to mp3 at 160kbps using a high quality LAME encoder.


Below are the details of the equipment we use to achieve our goal, to bring you quality music in true high fidelity. 




Studio Equipment



 Music Playout system


Denon DN-HC4500 USB MIDI Controller with 96k 16bit Audio Interface & D/A coverter


Native Instruments Traktor Pro2 v2.5.1


Acer  2.8ghz Quad Core PC, 6gb RAM / Windows 7 / 1.5T HD




Denon DN-X1600 Digital audio mixer with 96k, 24bit audio processing


Sony Broadcast SRP-X100  Line Mixer


CD Players


Denon DN-D4500 Twin Transport CD/Mp3





Main presenter:

Neumann U87i Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

TL Audio VP-5051 Valve pre-amp Processor / Eq /

Aphex 104 Aural exciter

Valley De-Esser



2nd Presenter:

Neumann KM184 Condenser Microphone

Focusrite Trak Master Pre-amp Processor / Eq /

Aphex 104 Aural exciter

Valley De-esser





2 x Technics SL1200 / Shure WHLB cartridges VTF: 2.5g


Jingles / Sweepers Player


Radiohost Broadcast



Mix Production Software


Ableton Live



Stereo Master Output Processing


Focusrite Platinum Compounder / Compressor / Limiter / Noise Gate





Sony MDS-E11 Broadcast MD Recorder




Panasonic SV-3800



Monitor Loudspeakers


Mackie HR824 Powered THX Certified High Resolution Monitors




Behringer Powerplay HA-4700 Headphone Amplifier / Distribution unit

2 x Sennheiser HD25mk2 Headphones

1 x Beyer Dynamic DT100 Headphones




Canford Broadcast AC Power Distributor

2 x Drawmer DS-201 Dual Noise Gates

ART PB 4X4 Power Conditioner & Distribution System

HP PC – 3ghz AMD Athlon XP Processor, 2gb RAM / Windows XP


Recording / Mastering


Sky Broadcast :


Denon DN-F650R solid state audio recorder in WAV mode then converted to ogg.vorbis at Q7


Podcast Recording : 



Denon DN-F650R solid state audio recorder in WAV mode and converted to mp3 160kbps using LAME encoder.


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