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Christian Radio Station Studio in a Suitcase


http://www.ministrywatch.com/mw2.1/E1_Txt.asp?DocID=1962

Have you ever wondered how a Christian broadcast intended for a minority people group living in a remote area is recorded and broadcast? For the past several years a move has been in the works to provide a recording studio that is no larger than a laptop computer and a mini-disc recorder. Similar in size to a small carry-on piece of luggage, dubbed the "suitcase studio," it is designed for use in restricted access countries, where pastors and teachers are under careful scrutiny. The suitcase studio is also useful because of its ability to be used in a "non-treated" room, meaning it doesn't have to be soundproof. This is critically important, given the "back room" environment where most suitcase studios are set up. A prototype has already been used by a Far East Broadcasting Company staff member who traveled to a small studio in a major city, transferred broadcasts from 5-7 languages onto her laptop computer, then returned to the target country where the programmes were transmitted. Often "twister" software is employed, which alters the sound of the programmer's voice, thus protecting the identity. The suitcase studio also allows tribal music to be recorded in remote areas and later mixed into appropriate broadcasts. For more information on this development, visit the website above.

Studio in a suit case helps spread the Gospel

International (MMN/FEBC) -- Do you ever wonder how a Christian broadcast intended for a minority people group living in a remote area is initially recorded, especially a broadcast for restricted access countries? Consider this scenario: a pastor leaves his mountain village in Southeast Asia and travels to the city, supposedly to visit friends, purchase goods, or see a doctor. In his hands are sermon notes. He never stays for more than 3 days, and he only visits once every 3 months, to avoid arousing the suspicions of authorities. He has been jailed for his faith in the past, which is why he treads so cautiously. His time spent in the city takes place within a miniature studio funded by Far East Broadcasting Company, oftentimes measuring no more than 6' x 6'. Local authorities are unaware of its existence. The pastor records a number of messages that will later be broadcast over the airwaves to people far removed from a church. They are delighted to hear their own language on the radio, and they listen attentively to every word. For the past several years a move has been in the works to provide a recording studio that is no larger than a laptop computer and a mini-disc recorder. Similar in size to a small carry-on piece of luggage, dubbed the "suitcase studio," it is designed for use in restricted access countries, where pastors and teachers are under careful scrutiny. The suitcase studio is also useful because of its ability to be utilized in a "non-treated" room, meaning it doesn't have to be soundproof. This is critically important, given the "back room" environment where most suitcase studios are set up.

A prototype has already been used by a FEBC staff member who traveled to a small studio in a major city, transferred broadcasts from 5-7 languages onto her laptop computer, then returned to the Philippines where the programs were transmitted. Oftentimes "twister" software is employed, which alters the sound of the programmer's voice, thus protecting the pastor's identity. The suitcase studio also allows tribal music to be recorded in remote areas and later mixed into appropriate broadcasts. Committed to reaching people around the world with the Good News of Christ, FEBC is forging ahead by developing technology that reaches people who have never heard the name of Jesus. Your continued support of FEBC makes these kinds of broadcasts possible. Thank you so much for joining us in the effort to share God's love with peoples of all nations!

You can find more information on the suitcase studio on the web site below:
http://www.febc.org/resources/article_115.html?PHPSESSID=8b86f807477b0b861919b813eff.

Far East Broadcasting Company

Far East Broadcasting Company was founded in 1945 for the purpose of taking "Christ to the World by Radio." Today, together with its companion organization FEBA Radio of the United Kingdom, we broadcast in over 150 languages to Asia, the Middle East and Africa, from many locations in those regions.

Far East Broadcasting Company
P.O. Box 1
La Mirada CA
90637
Phone: (562) 947-4651
FAX: (562)943-0160
Email: info@febc.org
URL: http://www.febc.org


Galcom

http://www.galcom.org/form.html
http://www.galcom.org

RADIO STUDIO (in a suitcase)
Various set-ups that you can use. Contact Galcom toll free at
1-877-242-5266.

HCJB World Radio engineering center

For a church or organization to begin broadcasting the gospel, a recording studio is usually needed to produce the required material. The Engineering Center can assist by determining what equipment is needed, order and test it, and then ship it to its final location. Equipment may consist of any of the following:

HCJB is also involved in setting up radio stations around the world in different countries. If you are interested in contacting HCJB, their addresses are below.

HCJB World Radio
Mailing Address
P O Box 39800
Colorado Springs, CO USA 80949-9800
(tel) +1 719 590 9800
(fax) +1 719 590 9801
www.hcjb.org
(email) info@hcjb.org

HCJB World Radio Engineering Center
2830 S 17th Street
Elkhart, IN 46517 U.S.A.
tel +1 219 293 4480
fax +1 219 293 9910


FEBA

http://www.febaradio.co.za
http://www.febaradio.co.za/purple/monthly_prayer_focus.html

The Worthing engineering team, has developed the new 'Chrysolite' suitcase studio which is already being used in the Horn of Africa and Mozambique.

Its assembled parts weigh less than 20kg and cost around 2,000.
It can produce professional quality programming from any location with a mains supply.

There's growing interest in the suitcase studio within F.E.B.A. Radio and enquiries are coming in from other radio missions too.

F.E.B.A. Radio's engineering team has set itself a goal of producing two 'Chrysolite' studios a month.




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