Radio Consoles

IP Audio & TDM Networking

New For 2014

Wheatstone for radio

You know what they say about radio and silence. Right. So don’t even go there. At Wheatstone, we know you have one thing and one thing only that’s going to raise you above the din of today’s multimedia world. Your sound. If it’s just pictures you want, that’s not us. Wheatstone is all about audio. We process it, route it, and cue it up for you. We get it to do stuff that only radio can fully appreciate, starting with audio IP routing (AoIP) that thinks like you do and radio consoles that are the everyday workhorses of thousands of radio studios today. Cool consoles and mixers. Intelligent audio IP studio networking or TDM routing. AM and FM on-air processors that rock. It’s all right here.

Radio That Can ... And Did

Prayz5 420Meet Prayz Network, the little Christian network that could. Prayz Network started in 2011 with WTPN-FM in Westby, Wisconsin. Soon, it added a translator to get into nearby La Crosse, and within a year, added WEQS-FM in Sparta, Wisconsin.

This month, the little network that began on little more than a wing and prayer added its fourth, network affiliate WWJC-FM licensed to Augusta, Wisconsin, and will be covering the I-94/I-90 corridor from Eau Claire to La Crosse.

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Miking Players on the Sports Field

Football 420Dan Daley, who covers sports and audio production for the industry, tipped us off to a new technique for capturing audio during live sporting events.

“They (NFL) experimented with placing wireless lavaliers on different player positions, so what you’re hearing now is the mic placed on the back of the center and that signal is sent to the console that is controlled by the NFL, which opens the fader on that microphone at a preset number of seconds before the snap and closes it a preset number of seconds after the snap. We’re getting some really great audio from the field as a result and I think the NFL experience is making everyone else look at it.”

Charlie Toner on SNMP

TonerIf you want to know about SNMP, Charlie Toner is your guy. Charlie has been using this network protocol for system monitoring and other purposes as part of the engineering team for Pineridge Media and Durham Radio, which have eight stations in four Ontario locations -- each with separate WheatNet-IP audio networks linked together through Tieline Genie STLs.

With SNMP, he says he can see data packets coming in or going out, by the port or by the link, and from his WheatNet-IP mic processors to the transmitter. We talked with him recently about his love of all things SNMP.

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Something New is in (on) the Air

FM55andCat 420If the station across town suddenly starts to blow everyone else off the dial, blame it on the new FM-55 audio processor. We let the cat out of the bag a few weeks ago, and there’s no putting it back.

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We've Got Talent

TS4 420So many stations these days have neither the space nor the budget for an announce booth for their talent, let alone for guests.

That’s where something smaller like our IP-networked TS-22 or TS-4 Talent Stations makes sense. These are small turrets that can fit just about anywhere, either on the countertop or mounted inside a countertop, and include mic, headphone, and other talent controls. The TS-4 and larger TS-22 plug into our WheatNet-IP audio network to extend all shared sources and destinations into the producer booth or guest, talent host or co-host positions.

For syndicated morning shows like Free Beer & Hot Wings, for example, the producers are able to access any source or destination that any other WheatNet-IP control surface can, plus check the satellite syndication feed at any time from their TS-22 turret panels.

The TS-22 has six programmable soft buttons, six source preselect buttons, microphone control, speaker and headphone level controls (w/built-in headphone amp and front panel jack), timer, and a source select knob with color OLED display that can access any signal on the network (source visibility software controlled).

Multimedia Madness

CameraLensWNIP 420If you wanted to mess with cameras all day you wouldn’t have gone into radio, right?

It’s not just YouTube, either. Or the website that needs a continual stream of video and audio, or the photo bombs that are going off all day, every day. Or even that the morning guys are running all over town with a microphone and a camera.

It’s that multimedia is such a huge production now, and it’s beginning to get in the way of that other major production: radio. 

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Splitting Hairs and Consoles

SplitLX24 420Only in Switzerland would they think to split our flagship LX-24 control surface in two, build the two halves into slick looking furniture with LED illuminated edges, and electronically raise and lower the desk as needed. Read on.

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Sneaky Points of Failure

WheatNet IP Flowchart 420Let’s hope that your disaster recovery plans go a lot smoother than the evacuation plans we’ve seen for some cities. Here are a few sneaky single points of failure you could be overlooking.

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New Wheatstone Gear In New Zealand

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MORE FM in New Zealand had  to completely rebuild their studios after a devastating earthquake. We'll have a complete story on the rebuild soon. 

In the meantime, Simon Barnett sent along this video, shot in their new studios, when our own Jay Tyler was there recently.

Here's Simon talking about their new gear.

3 Ways to Extend your IP Audio Network

WheatNetExtendYourNetwork 420Thinking about extending your IP audio network beyond the studio walls? It just so happens that the gigabit switches most stations use for our WheatNet-IP audio system are equipped with a fiber port. It’s then a simple matter of running a fiber optic cable between the GBIC port in your core or edge switch and the GBIC port in a remote switch for extending the network. For more information on this or extending the network using codec over Internet or with wireless IP radios, click here.

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Uniform Audio Across the Board

NAB SG192 350You don’t have to be into cars to know that a white door on a red car just doesn’t work. 

The same goes for all those translators and sister stations that carry the same programming across the network. You shouldn’t have to mix and match processors, and have to settle for a different sound for each.

That’s one reason why we just came out with the SG-192 stereo generator. With a high quality Wheatstone processor at your studio (may we suggest AirAura or the FM-531HD?), you can now distribute that audio to your transmitter sites and use the Wheatstone SG-192 as the final peak processor and stereo generator at each site.

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The World According to AES' Bob Moses

BobMoses420We talk with AES’ Executive Director Bob Moses about Apple’s purchase of Beats, what’s happening with High Resolution Audio (HRA), and what broadcasters need to know about AES67.

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The Virtual Studio Becomes a Reality

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Whoever said that the laws of physics are merely a suggestion could be onto something.

The entirely virtual broadcast studio is not only possible, but most of the pieces are already in place.

A good majority of what stations do today – schedule music, stream it, record news updates, even turn on a mic and preload settings for it -- can be done without ever leaving the WheatNet-IP network.  

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Five Ways to Manage IP Audio Feature Creep

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Unchecked feature creep is what happens when your new IP audio system turns up with a cool hydraulic stage lift that can shoot laser beams and make popcorn at the same time. Of course, that’ll never happen as long as you have a budget.

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Productive Consoles

NAB L12Our sales engineers suggest you get some production capability in your next on-air console, if only for maintenance purposes. We felt so strongly about this that we recently added EQ, filtering and processing to our E-1, a very popular console in countries where they very rarely make the distinction between on-air and production. Here is are eight other things you should consider for your next console.

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Wheatstone Takes Five Industry Awards at NAB 2014!

Five Awards!

Wheatstone introduced some exciting new products at NAB 2014, and it appears that the industry noticed! Wheatstone was presented with an unprecedented five Best of Show awards for its BLADE 3, L-12, SG-192, Dimension Three, and Series Four products.

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