Of course most of the FRS presenters past & present had (have) their own recording studios. But when speaking about the FRS-Holland studio, it was Peter Verbruggen’s one which was meant because most of the FRS parties (X-Mas, Birthdays etc.) and the final recordings of all shows on the "master tapes" were done in that particular studio. It started as a little but cosy studio at a time Peter still was living at his mum's house (#1/1980-1984). This first recording studio consisted of a 5-channel stereo mixing desk, a Philips Pro 12 tape recorder, a Teac tape recorder, two remote controlled Marlux record decks, a microphone, a Luxman amplifier, Nikko equalizer, a home built compressor, a Teac cassette deck and last but not least an 8-track jingle machine! Within a year the 5-channel mixer was replaced by a larger 12-channel one. Fred van Es who was one of the presenters in the original FRS team, built the compressor and record desk control unit.
Peter then moved and studio #2 (1984-1986; housed in a very little bedroom) replaced the one at his parent's house. Peter moved again, to a larger house and a more comfortable studio (#3/ 1986-1993) was the result (on the attic just like #1). In 1993 Peter made another move and studio #4 had to be built, once again on the attic. Shortage of space made Peter decide to build a brandnew studio next to his house. In March the first work started, early September the studio was completed. The structural part was already finished early June but the interior of the studio took much too long. One of the handicaps was Peter was looking for a new mixing desk but couldn't find a suitable one. In the end he succeeded, and with the help of other people the studio became operational.
In the course of the 1990s most of the original studio equipment was replaced. Remember MiniDiscs (and the failed Philips Digital cCssette Recorder >DCC) were introduced making analogue tape recorders and cassette decks superfluous more or less. Today's studio consists of:
- an 8-channel Dateq mixing desk;
- a Denon twin CD unit;
- Behringer processing equipment (enhancer, composer and voice processor);
- Studio Projects C1 Studio condenser (mic);
- Amplifier& equalizer;
- MiniDisc recorders/players (all Sony; a total of 4);
- a Technics SL-1210 record deck
- a Patch bay (linking all equipment with each other).
To have some nostalgia: the Teac tape recorder has survived but is't used anymore. And: there’s a Marantz twin cassette player.
Since a couple of years we also make use of so called computer based Play Out software: a system of virtual players, Hot Key sets, record and jingle libraries etc.