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Wheatstone Interviews the Broadcast Industry:
Brian Clark (Disney, Seacrest)


At this year's NAB show, we invited many people from all corners of the industry to join us in conversations about all things broadcast. Obviously, we focused on audio for broadcast because, well, it's what we know.

We didn't really know what to expect, but the results definitely exceeded even our greatest expectations. We touched on many, many subjects and heard some fascinating things about what people are doing with audio in the broadcast world. Take this video of Brian Clark, for instance. Brian works with the Seacrest Foundation which does amazing work inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives. Brian also works with Disney. Each of these videos is a wealth of information spanning every aspect of audio for broadcast.

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Born In The USA

Today, broadcast operations have extended beyond and expanded within their walls, thanks largely to IP and networking. But meanwhile, back at the factory, we’re keeping it all under one roof. Why?

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First, it’s much, much easier to customize a studio system if it’s staged and configured in its entirety on our factory floor. “I work with broadcasters who want to know every single input, output and fader count, right down to the layout of where they want their microphones,” says Jay Tyler, Director of Sales for Wheatstone, where a good percentage of WheatNet-IP audio network systems are customized and staged before shipment.

“We’ve seen that transition over time, from them coming in to see the console they ordered to ‘Wow, I’ve got 25 studios in front of me and it’s all working in this one place,” he adds.

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THE LATEST NEWS:

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NETWORK

Audio mixing consoles are now part of a much larger universe, the fabric of which is networking. How a console is networked is more critical than ever before, as are the applications that drive its usefulness.

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I’M LISTENING, RADIO

By Dee McVicker

If you’ve ever driven the 372 miles from Los Angeles to Phoenix, you know that there’s nothing between Blythe and Quartzsite except a few jackrabbits and your radio. Sometimes, there are no jackrabbits.

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SMALL GESTURES

Applying touchscreen GUI technology to today’s audio console has some interesting rewards in workflow, as we demonstrated with our IP-64 and the Dimension Three TV audio consoles in previous years, and now with our new LXE IP audio console this NAB show. READ MORE

SCREENBUILDER IN DRIVE TIME WITH WHEATNET-IP

It’s drive time all the time for 107.7 Sanef located near Senils, France. That is, the station broadcasts to traveling motorists through a network of 200 watt transmitters synchronized on the same frequency and located along 1,800 kilometers of motorway. READ MORE

Jay Tyler’s LXE Tour de World!

Jay On Tour

At the 2016 NAB Show, we introduced the LXE - a complete rethink of a broadcast audio control surface. With the LXE, you can completely configure every knob and button, assigning functions as you wish. Complete with a gesture-based touch screen interface, it was, to put it mildly, quite enthusiastically received. Once we got back, Jay Tyler grabbed one of the consoles from NAB and took it on a world tour.

WIN A T-SHIRT!

We can only imagine how many frequent flyer miles he'll rack up. You probably can, too! So, here's an idea - why don't you give us your best guess, along with your T-Shirt size? The five people that guess the closest will receive an addition to their wardrobes!

Just enter your guess by clicking HERE. There's no deadline, but we'll award the shirts sometime after Jay returns, and we'll post the results here. When they're gone, the contest ends.

Here is the tour itinerary. Good luck!

Panama May 10-14 • London, UK May 15-18
Paris, France May 18 - 23 • Zurich Switzerland May 23-25
Rome Italy May 26 • Germany -May 27-29
Singapore June 2-3 • Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, Australia June 4-11
Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand June 11-16
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FYBUSH ON TRANSLATORS

Only in broadcasting do we use the words FM translator and AM in the same sentence. As an industry, we’ve long wrapped our minds around the idea that FM translators could be the next step forward in the AM Revitalization initiative. You could even say that some of us are evangelical about it. The name Scott Fybush comes to mind.
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TR-03 ROADMAP TO IP

The road to IP is paved with good intentions and a whole lot of protocols, standards and acronyms. Just when we thought there couldn’t possibly be room for one more, along comes TR-03 and a whole new SDI-to-IP path for live video production. What we immediately liked about this set of recommendations... READ MORE

TAKING THE AURA8-IP BEYOND BROADCASTING

By Scott Johnson

When you think of Wheatstone processing, you naturally think of broadcasting. But if an audio engineer tucked an Aura8-IP under his arm and left the station, would he find other uses for it? The answer, I found out recently, is a resounding yes! READ MORE

BLADEFEST PUTS BLADES THROUGH XTREME TESTS

To make sure our system can outperform every other AOIP network on the face of the earth, and do it easily and robustly, we routinely get our engineers together to put them through stuff no real installation would ever attempt. How does WheatNet-IP perform? READ THE STORY

NEW Wheatstone Products for 2016!

LXE

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The Evolution of Radio Audio

Wheatstone, at this year's NAB show, introduces three new radio products that will evolutionize the industry (yep, we just made that word up!). These will be along later this year, so stay tuned!

First is our LXE Console. Taking LX-24 technology to new territory, LXE is the first radio console that gives you the power to program the entire surface! All knobs and buttons can be assigned whatever functions you need. Of course, we'll pre-configure it any way you want, but you can always change it yourself using our new ConsoleBuilder software. Each module has full color OLEDs that will reflect the function of your setup. Plus, there's an all-new touchscreen GUI that comes with ScreenBuilder-LXE. Click to learn more.

Next is VoxPro 6! We've given the controller a fresh coat of black paint, and given the software a makeover to add some much-requested functionality. Record while you are playing back. Detach your hot-keys window and hide the editor. Label buttons with Unicode for foreign language support. Smarter markers and lots more. Click to learn more.

Finally, our new AirAura X1 brings most of the power of the AirAura X3 to a mid-level price point. It's loaded with presets, or, you can tweak it to find YOUR signature sound. Great new front panel GUI. Click to learn more.


IN DEPTH: THE NETWORK EDGE


left aligned image Network EDGE is designed specifically as a translator between high-quality, low-latency studio networks such as WheatNet-IP and low-bandwidth STL connectivity options such as IP wireless radios.

IP wireless radios in the unlicensed 5 or 24 GHz range are priced from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

Typically located at the studio, the Network EDGE interfaces directly to an IP wireless radio or commercial leased line for point-to-point connectivity between locations. Network EDGE can be used with any of the major IP radio brands currently on the market. When used within the WheatNet-IP system, with a Network EDGE at one end and a BLADE at the other, this opens up a world of possibilities based on BLADE I/O functionality such as silence detection, clip player, logic for automation, et al.

The Network EDGE includes local I/O (two AES and two stereo analog) and 12 programmable logic ports.

Click here for the Network Edge product page.