NPR Labs, part of National Public Radio, is America's only not-for-profit broadcast technology research and development center.
- Consulting The NPR Labs staff is ready to put its extensive broadcast technical knowledge – 100 years of combined experience – to work for you.
- Consumer Testing Our perceptual studies provide authoritative research in a variety of areas, including audio quality and surround sound performance.
- Engineering & Research Studies We can conduct signal coverage and interference studies, and prepare FCC rule compliance reports.
- Mapping & Population Projects We use custom-developed software to help public radio stations improve reception and reach new audiences.
- Audio Reference Tone File
- IBOC High Power Calculator
- Loudness Measurement Tool This Windows app measures most audio files and Internet streams, providing loudness, peak level and loudness range in accordance with ITU-R.BS-1770-3.
- MAPS Tool
- PAD Content Programmer
- PAD Variable Programmer
- Text Scheduling Unit
- Groove Salad PAD Generator
- Baseline IDer
- Classical 24 Hour PAD Service
- MPS Automation Tool
- FolkAlley PAD Service
- XPoNential PAD Service
- PAD Professor CLI
- About Us
- Contact Us
NPR Labs is housed at NPR’s Headquarters building in Washington, DC. In addition to our offices, we have an RF Lab and a critical listening environment for perceptual testing.
The RF Lab is equipped to fully simulate and experiment with analog and HD radio modulated signals following current broadcast practice, or looking forward to new techniques. We possess redundant broadcast equipment from several of the industry’s leading manufacturers. With RDS and SCA generators, NPR Labs can test the impact to or from additional energy in the analog FM band. Our Hewlett Packard channel simulator gives us the unique ability to create multipath fading conditions in the controlled laboratory environment, while our HP audio analyzer gives us precise noise and distortion measurements of any receiver tested in our shielded test enclosure. GPIB, TCP/IP, and serial port connections allow test beds to be fully automated to aid in the collection and storage or large amounts of data.
NPR Labs takes advantage of a large, noise treated studio environment to conduct consumer perceptual testing and critical listening. This sound isolation room provides utilizes ITU-R BS.1116-1-compliant noise level and acoustics, while a stereo pair of Genelec 1031A studio monitors provide audio playback. The room can be arranged to meet a range of needs.
NPR Labs is located at:
1111 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Internship Semester Dates:
- Winter/Spring: early January - late April
- Summer: early June - mid August
- Fall: early September - late December
A candidate must be a graduate student, an undergraduate student, or have graduated from college within twelve months of beginning the internship. Internship applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
Please click here to search for internship opportunities. Candidates must submit an online application to include a cover letter and resume. After applying, you may also log back in, click "Update your profile," scroll to the bottom of the page where you are able to upload additional documents.
- Important dates may be found at the main internship page.
Questions? Please contact our internship program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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