Royal FM 94.3 in Kigali opens broadcasting studio with Integration of Lawo Virtual Radio Solutions

94.3 Royal FM in Kigali, Rwanda has unveiled its new broadcasting studio, setting a precedent as the first pure IP radio station in East Africa, integrating Lawo virtual radio solutions.

The new studio represents a monumental leap in broadcasting technology.

By eliminating the traditional XLR cables, the station, with this new concept, now relies on a Cisco switch for the distribution of video and audio signals (AES67) and control throughout the facility.

At the heart of the setup is a Lawo virtual mixer, seamlessly integrating the studio components.

The inclusion of the Multicam video system, which automatically responds to microphone signals and is controlled by the audio mixer, offers listeners and viewers an immersive experience unparalleled in the region.

Flexibility and efficiency are further enhanced by the AVT IP telephone hybrid, which manages all incoming calls with ease. The studio’s design ensures minimal power consumption, fewer cables, and reduced equipment, all while boosting productivity.

Social media platforms like WhatsApp can be integrated, transforming any gaming PC into a media source.

This setup allows for remote control of the system and enables customized audio experiences for different shows, making production dreams a reality today and for the future.

At Royal FM, we are not just adopting the latest technology but redefining the future of broadcasting in Rwanda. By integrating cutting-edge systems like Lawo, MultiCAM, AVT, RAVENNA, and AES67, we challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of what radio can be,” said Professor Simon Gicharu, Royal FM Group Chairman.

This innovation reflects our commitment to excellence and our vision for a more connected, dynamic, and forward-thinking Rwanda. Our new studio is a testament to our belief that, with the right technology and vision, we can turn our media dream into reality, today and in the future.”

One of the standout features of Royal FM’s new facility is the incorporation of countersunk screens, which evoke the look and feel of an alien interface. These futuristic displays not only enhance the studio’s aesthetic appeal but also underscore its commitment to innovation in broadcasting.

Our mission is to revolutionize radio by integrating advanced technology, ensuring seamless compatibility with new media, reducing costs, and delivering an exceptional experience to our audience. Thanks to Fred Martin Kiwalabye, the Head Technical Engineer at Mediacity Ads Ltd., for spearheading this innovative project. We are proud to be at the forefront of this technological advancement,” the chairman added.

Jesse K. Maxella, CEO of Royal FM, also remarked, “When we asked for a solution, they knew the right workflow to make a difference.”

Maxella said with several inputs and just one switch, “we are harnessing the power of innovation to create a more immersive and dynamic listening experience. This transformation is about more than just technology; it’s about setting a new standard for excellence in broadcasting.”