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> RTE Pulse Ireland

> RTE Pulse Ireland

> KEYT, Santa Barbara, CA

> CBS, Philadelphia, PA

> TS-4H Talent Station

> Hubbard Broadcasting, Phoenix, AZ

> KUNA-FM-02, Palm Springs, CA

> Leighton Broadcast, St Cloud, MN

> Christchurch, New Zealand

Quality Control: Wheatstone Style

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It was another normal full-network test. As with every system we sell, we build the entire thing in house and then set it up as it's going to be used by the customer that commissioned it. We then fully burn it in and test it – every component as well as the way every component works with every other component. AND the way it all works with their other gear. For this system, though, because it was so big, we decided to add even more to it - to see if we could strain it. We are happy to say that it performed perfectly.

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1 LXE console
1 LXE Digital Engine Blade
1 SERIES 4 console
1 Dimension 3 Touch console
2 Gibraltar network cages
1 E6 console
1 L12 console
13 LX-24 consoles
15 Digital Engine Blades
15 Digital I/O Blades
9 Analog/Digital I/O Blades
11 Analog I/O Blades
1 MADI Blade
1 CB32 Blade
1 HBx16R panel
1 Edge Blade
1 HD-SDI Blade
1 B3 Mic Blade
12 M4IP mic processors
1 FM55 processor
1 Aura8IP mic processor
1 AirAura X3 processor
21 TS4 talent station panels
2 TS22 talent stations
5 SideBoards
4 Cisco core switches
24 Cisco peripheral switches

AND, there's an IP Radio link!

Wheatstone Interviews the Broadcast Industry: Mike Cooney of Beasley Media

In this video, shot as a part of our NAB 2016 interview series, Scott Fybush talks with Mike Cooney of Beasley Media about efforts to solve HD latency problems and more.


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RECENT NEWS:

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Audio IP and Crisis Management

Let’s suppose you arrive at the usual time to find that your train is delayed. You then scramble to catch the B train, but by the time you get there, it is whistling down the track without you.

That leaves the C train, which departs in five minutes but arrives nowhere near your destination. You could take a connecting train that will get you close, but that’s going to add more time onto your travels.

What you’ve just experienced is a crisis in routing. When one route changes, whether due to track, train, studio or switch, there’s a delay or detour in traffic, be it packets or passengers. And that can never be good for broadcasters, who are easily the most punctual people on the planet, having spent years timing programming, newscasts and ads down to the second.

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The Pros Give VoxPro a Spin

VoxPro: Aug 2016 Radio World: Alan R Peterson has written a great piece on VoxPro6, and has given us permission to share it.

Some years ago, something epic began happening with radio contest callers: They stopped asking if they were the “ninth caller;” they already had their radios turned down, and they were as tight in their responses as the jock was in his/her performance.

Did their level of intellect or their performing chops suddenly improve overnight? Nope. Give credit where credit is due: Stations bought a VoxPro — the recorder/ editor for live on-air operation, designed in 1991 by Seattle personality Charlie Brown and distributed by Audion Labs.

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A Tale of Two Cities. Map Included.

Here is a snapshot of a customized screen created with our ScreenBuilder app showing primary and secondary paths of ABC news feeds between New York and Scottsdale. While ABC Radio news announcers are talking live in New York, their mics are managed by Skyview in Scottsdale.

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WHEATÉMON GO

Pokémon GO could be the tip of the augmented reality iceberg. Imagine being able to actually step onto a virtual chessboard with your opponent. Or performing maintenance on your automobile through 3D graphic...

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MEET RADIO JOHN

Not everyone has an AIR-4 in his or her spare bedroom, but those who do are obviously serious about radio. Meet John Jordan, who marks his 30th anniversary in radio this month and operates internet station AllClassicTop40.com out of his home in Nashville, North Carolina.

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QUIET! LUFS/LKFS NOW ONBOARD.

We quietly added an LUFS/LKFS indicator to a few of our radio control surfaces recently, and by now some of you may be wondering why and how this television loudness standard could possibly be useful to radio broadcasts.
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ARTICLES OF INTEREST:

IP TERMINOLOGY EXPLAINED

Having all these terms in one place, and in alphabetical order, definitely comes in handy. But just as helpful to us are the comments at the end of the article by those who, for various reasons, added onto or had their own definitions.

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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

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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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? 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

Wheatstone Products for 2016!

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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.