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> KUNA-FM-02, Palm Springs, CA

> Xstudio, Sydney, Australia

> Nativa 107 Brazil

> Leighton Broadcast, St Cloud, MN

> KEYT, Santa Barbara, CA

> RTE Pulse Ireland

> RTE Pulse Ireland

> CBS, Philadelphia, PA

> TS-4H Talent Station

> Hubbard Broadcasting, Phoenix, AZ

 Wheatstone Takes THREE NewBay Product Innovation Awards for LXE ConsoleBuilder!

RW RADIO TVT Prod Innovation Award logo 2017 revLXE is Wheatstone's completely configurable broadcast console. Included is the ConsoleBuilder app, which lets you reconfigure every knob, switch, and screen on the LXE, so, as your station's needs change, your board never becomes obsolete. NewBay’s Product Innovation Award recognizes excellence in manufacturing of products to serve the TV/pro video and radio/online audio industries. Winners are selected by a panel of professional users and evaluation criteria include innovation of concept and design, creative use of technology, price value, and suitability for use in a broadcast TV/pro video or broadcast/online radio environment. ConsoleBuilder received three awards - Radio World, Radio Magazine, and TVTechnology.

Learn more about the LXE and ConsoleBuilder by clicking here.

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Tool Time

TooltimeAn engineer needs more than a multimeter and a couple of Xcelite Greenies to get the job done these days.

 

Here are some network tools our support techs Dick Webb and Robert Ferguson (with chime-ins from systems engineers Kelly Parker and Scott Johnson) suggest you put on your Santa list if you don’t have them already.

  • A telnet application such as PuTTY or TeraTerm. With a telnet app, you can determine how commands are being received between clients and servers and gather lots of good information about what is going on in your system, especially if used with WheatNet-IP’s built-in debugging tools.

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Photo of the Week

Jay Tyler posted this to The Broadcasting Club on Facebook. He titled it "Morning Mix". We think it's a gorgeous shot of our D-32 TV Audio Console.

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Jingle Bell Rocks

The majority of broadcasters don't bother to change processing settings during holiday programming. But think about this: Christmas formats are about long-term listening, so aggressive processing has the potential to work against you.

Most of our processors have the ability to auto adjust between, say, a Taylor Swift cut and an Andy Williams cut. But if you're using a VP8 or an older processor that doesn't have the "smarts," Mike Erickson suggests you create a preset that pulls back those settings during holiday programming.

So, what is the best way to process Christmas bells? According to Mike, “If you have adjustable crossovers, move the upper band down a little to put more of the payload in the upper band. That will mellow out the sound and tame those bells.”

Mike Erickson is known around the Wheat factory as Mr. Christmas. He starts the countdown to NEXT Christmas the day after THIS Christmas. He regularly hosts a Christmas Eve show on WLNG-FM. You can listen live on www.WLNG.com. If you have a specific question about audio processing, contact him at 

mike.erickson@Wheatstone.com or call 252-638-7000.

What AES67 Does and Doesn't Do

YinYangThe inclusion of AES67 audio transport in the new SMPTE ST 2110 standard is one more example of the rapid and widespread adoption of this standard in providing signal interoperability across all of the current leading IP based audio networking systems.

Wheatstone has been a supporter of this IP audio interoperability standard since the beginning as a member of the AES X192 task force that formulated the requirements for AES67. In fact, Wheatstone's solution for stream discovery and connection management is described in the appendix of the AES67 standard itself.
 

CEO Gary Snow Recognized with Three Industry Innovator Awards
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Wheatstone is proud to announce that CEO and founder Gary Snow has been singled out for three New Bay Industry Innovator awards presented by Radio WorldRadio magazine and TV Technology.

NewBay’s Industry Innovator Award winners are selected by a panel of experts and evaluated on their professional achievements, technical and business innovations and continuing influence within their industries.

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Gary Snow founded Wheatstone over 40 years ago, creating through hard work and innovation what many consider to be the leading audio design and manufacturing company in the industry. Wheatstone is known by radio and TV broadcasters worldwide for its quality audio consoles and WheatNet-IP audio network.

From the beginning, Gary was focused on – some would say obsessed with – making quality products. His first broadcast audio console was sold to WGBH in Boston in 1984, where it remained in service for 25 years (and is on display at Wheatstone's headquarters in New Bern, NC). In the early days, he would go to the AES or NAB shows with his square wave generator and scope to demonstrate the exceptional audio performance of his consoles. He designed one of the first multitrack recording consoles, which had the distinguishing addition of built-in patch bays.

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Twenty years later, he'd revolutionize the industry again with tiny talent panels and other elements in an IP audio networked ecosystem that needed only a single CAT6 cable to route audio and control. In 2016, under Gary’s leadership, Wheatstone developed the first fully configurable console – the LXE. Today, the company continues to invest in the future of radio and television as one of the few broadcast-only equipment manufacturers in the industry.

“Gary loves nothing more than to build audio products. I remember him building one-off band mixers in his attic back in the seventies; I walk out in production now and marvel that we are shipping thousands of products all over the world every month from this one building in North Carolina—all due to his vision and commitment,” commented Wheatstone's Mike Shane who, like most of the core management team members at Wheatstone, has been with Gary since the beginning.

Gary has remained steadfast to his belief that quality and innovation spring from keeping manufacturing in-house, with no jobbing out. Wheatstone was one of the first in the industry to invest in surface mount technology, which then led to some amazing accomplishments in audio routing through IP networking.

“The awards are designed to shine a spotlight on the people behind the companies and technologies on which our industries depend. We offer a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for their contributions, and wish them continued success,” said NewBay Broadcast & Video Group Vice President & Group Publisher Eric Trabb.

These awards couldn’t be more deserving of a man dedicated to the industry we all love and serve. Congratulations, Mr. Snow!

Setting up the PR&E DMX

Scott Johnson - SINGLE HANDEDLY (he had the camera in one hand) demonstrates how dead simple it is to set up your new PR&E DMX system.

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Putting together a new studio? Updating an existing studio? 

We've put together these e-books with fresh info and some of the articles that we've authored for our website, white papers, and news that dives into some of the cool stuff you can do with a modern AoIP network like Wheatstone's WheatNet-IP. 

There are two editions:

Advancing AOIP for Broadcast
deals with IP Audio for general broadcast and radio
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Both contain valuable info for any broadcast production, and they are FREE to download!

Your IP Question Answered

Toolbox imageQ: We’ve been hearing a lot about the virtualization of broadcasting. What does that mean?

A:  The word “virtual” can mean different things to different people. But for broadcast purposes, we often talk about virtual in terms of “putting the console behind a piece of glass” such as a tablet or PC monitor or in terms of managing remote studios or newscasts from a central, master studio. Virtualization isn’t entirely new. In fact, we’ve long been “virtualizing” studio hardware and functions using our WheatNet-IP audio network, and not just on the surface…but inside the network itself. In addition to our Glass E virtual mixer introduced several years ago for the laptop and our recent tablet app for the LXE console, every I/O BLADE that makes up the WheatNet-IP audio network includes two stereo 8x2 utility mixers. Having these virtual mixers at every I/O point on the network makes it practical to do online mixing of sounds, segue remotely between feeds, overdub and pan, set up IFBs on the fly, you name it. Similarly, we added dynamic EQ and other virtual audio tools to I/O points in the network for “spot” processing satellite feeds, headphone audio, web streams or any other audio feed routed throughout the network. Virtualizing resources instead of limiting them to fixed hardware in a single location makes it possible to share resources across the network and brings far more adaptabilty to the broadcast operaiton.

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ARTICLE OF INTEREST:

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

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

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