LPFM Optimum Equipment Package
Prices are estimates and subject to change. Please use this as a general ideal of the costs. Each station may want to change equipment to better suite their need. Please call me for assistance at any time. Ron Crider 772-913-2209. This is constantly evolving as new products come of the market. Please check back often.
Reminder, prices are subject to change at any time. This is just an estimate. BSG is Broadcasters General Store where I purchase most of my equipment. My contact is Gary Tibbot 765-935-6707 or their main number is 352-622-7700. Many of the prices listed here are full list price. Gary will give you a much better price. Remember to tell him you are with the Catholic Radio Association.
This transmitter is built in Italy it is 500 watts, the Nautel is only 300 watts. I like this one because of its price. Priced at about $4,500.00
The PTEK 500ES is also a good transmitter built in the US. About the same price as the transmitter above. $3,550.00
Mixers and Consoles: I recommend anything Allen and Heath, Our favorite broadcast mixer by Allen and Heath is the Allen & Heath XB-14 2 Radio Broadcast Mixer. This mixer provides for 2 Mix-Minus for phone calls and codecs. $1,200.00
Here is a super board from Allen and Heath for under $400.00. We use this in many small LPFM Stations. Allen and Heath ZED-14
The Lexicon Family of USB to XLR interfaces are great from Streaming Computers, Production Computers and for “Remote” Computers. The LambdA is less than $100.00 and the Alpha is less than $50.00.
Automation, Broadcast Software International (BSI) Simian Pro or the Lite version. Be sure to get the special professional audio card, either the ASI 5211 PCI Express under $700.00 or the ASI 6620 under $1,000.00. Without a professional audio card the meters will not function. Also be sure to get Natural Grid software to build your logs and the Broadcast Tools Audio Switcher ACS 8.2 Plus.
For audio processing I recommend the Aphex Compellor 320A (used) this is an analog leveler. I buy them used on EBAY for under $500.00, they sell new for $1,300.00. I also suggest the Aphex 722 dominator is you can find one on EBAY. Compellor on EBAY. Dominator in Ebay.