The Mercia Mix and The Power Mix
Extended mixes of your favourite music
more than 2½ years the radio programme The Mercia Mix was broadcast over
the airways of Mercia FM covering Coventry, Warwickshire and South West
Leicestershire and at a later date on Leicester Sound FM in Leicester
where the programme was called The Power Mix.
The programme was a non-presenter, non-stop-music programme of extended
mixes of both chart and dance music derived from alternate mixes / instrumental
versions of tracks, these 'alternate' recordings were edited together
with the original version to give an exclusive 'original extended' mix
which could last as long as 30 minutes in some cases although The Radio
Authority (the ruling body at the time) only allowed a maximum of 15 minutes
airplay of a single track, most tracks came out around 10 - 12 minutes
The mixes were produced under the licence of PRS
(Performing Rights Society) and MCPS
(Mechanical Copyright Protection Society).
the recordings were recorded and edited using ¼ inch Racal or Ampex 407
tape on a Tascam 34 4-track multitrack deck at home and on Studers B67
and A807 machines at Mercia's studios.
The edited tape was then re-mastered onto DAT (Digital Audio Tape), Ampex
467 cassettes cost around £10 per 2 hour cassette which made it
an economical medium for archiving and storage, however, owing to the
technical limitations of cueing DAT tapes the tracks for each programme
were then re-recorded back onto ¼ inch tape for on air programming playback.
Recordable CD's were only just coming onto the market at the time with
machines costing upwards of around £2,500 plus the cost of the 'special'
CDR's which for 74 minutes cost around £25 - £30 each.
of course with computers and writable disc drives the costs have dropped
dramatically hence the transfer from DAT to CD, this web page lists much
of the material which was used on the programme which has now been transferred
a brief history of the Mercia / Power mix click here for: The Mercia Mix