Guide to a radio studio

Gary Bales shows us around the studio where he produces Lauren Laverne's show on 6 Music. As well as demonstrating the technical equipment that makes up the studio, Gary explains his responsibilities and those of his team and runs through a few golden rules of studio etiquette.

In a radio studio there are several inputs. These include microphones, CD players, outside lines for phone and ISDN connections, digital playout systems and cart players used to play clips such as stings, trails and jingles. These are fed into a sound desk, which is used to control the various levels of the output.

"Working in a studio is brilliant fun... the three hours fly by." – Gary Bales

The Lauren Laverne show is produced by a team of three made up of Lauren, Gary and assistant producer Jonathan Raitt. As with most music radio, the presenter is in control of the desk. The assistant producer's role can be very diverse, but tends to include music clearance and logging, research and looking after social network accounts. As the producer Gary is responsible for the editorial output of the show and ensuring that it complies with BBC guidelines.