Soundsense, one of the leading providers of sound equipment to the broadcast industry has made a substantial investment in digital audio products, as a result of customer feedback. For the broadcast market, the company has invested in Soundcraft's compact digital on-air mixer, the RM1D, which is finding great appeal with radio broadcasters working with RSLs (Restricted Service Licences), where equipment is only required on site for up to 28 days, the maximum term of the broadcast.

"We have a large number of RSL customers," explains Derek Tallent of Soundsense. "We needed to buy more consoles, and, although we were initially looking at high-specification analogue consoles, we soon realised we could buy into the digital future with the RM1D at an attractive entry price. Although most radio, and 99% of our customers, are still analogue, we see the RM1D as a future-proof investment, made particularly viable by the programme of software upgrades."

Soundsense, whose clients include the BBC, Virgin Radio, Chrysalis Radio and Capital Radio, recently sent out its first RM1D RSL package to Stone FM in Staffordshire, the official station for the 2001 Stafford and Stone Festival. However, in its second year as an RSL festival station, Stone FM is campaigning to become a permanent fixture, and has registered as a trial radio station with the Radio Authority.

For the growing number of Soundsense's non-broadcast customers, the company has announced its investment in the latest digital products from Mackie. One of the first low-cost 24-track digital recorders, the MDR24/96, has already been delivered to the firm, and the HDR24/96 hard disc recorder and the D8B digital console will also be available for rent from Soundsense.

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