IP Consoles 101

SUNY 2560sShown is web radio OWWR’s number-one studio with IP-12 control surface, M2 dual mic processor, and just the right amount of WheatNet-IP audio networking. We love the baby-proof covers on the Tripp-Lite power module!
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We don’t envy guys like Joseph Manfredi, who has to explain control surfaces to a group of new students every year as a faculty member in the American Studies/Media & Communications department and the Station Manager of OWWR, Old Westbury Web Radio, at the SUNY College at Old Westbury, New York. “I’ll never convince them that there’s nothing under that fader,” says Joe, referring to the station’s new IP-12 control surface.

Joe has four studios that he teaches out of and streams 25 live shows from weekly, the most up-to-date one being his "Studio-A", with the IP-12, M2 dual-channel mic processor and WheatNet-IP audio network that he and Chief Beginner Bob Anderson installed last year. The IP-12 is an ideal entry into AoIP for small studios, providing a self-contained digital audio board with WheatNet-IP audio network BLADE engine for flexible access to sources and destinations. “My ‘yesterday’ studios look and function very well, but this is the one that gets it done,” he adds.

Joe, along with about 80 staffers and students enrolled in the SUNY College at Old Westbury, runs Old Westbury Web Radio (OWWR). The web radio station streams a variety of music, talk and sports programming on owwrny.org, (you can get OWWR through the TuneIn Radio cellphone app), and on-campus through closed circuit cable.

OWWR is a 24/7 operation similar to any radio station with IDs, rotations, PSA's, even live remotes. “We host fundraisers and a concert series every Friday night during July and August, which we stream live online on Ustream with four cameras. I mean, we go in,” says Joe.

He’s continually turning over his staff as new students enter the environment, graduate, and move on. All those things that Wheatstone broadcasters take for granted – dedicated faders for the Tieline remote gear, easy peazy switching between sources, that extra mic input that is sorely needed but difficult to hardwire in the old way – are a big deal when it comes to training students, faculty, alumni, community volunteers and running a 24/7 station. “I like the fact that the headphone knob governs the headphone amplifier and I like how the microphones sound now that they run through the Wheatstone processors,” says Joe.

As for those faders, he says they’re as " smooth as silk," even if his students don’t believe there’s audio there.

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