In today’s connected world of AoIP, it’s nice to know what’s going on with your audio. Not just the audio at local sources and destinations, either, but all audio at every point in your network. You could haul out all that expensive test gear for a look, but who has time for that? It’s much easier to drop in an app like our new IP Meters GUI for the WheatNet-IP network, which gives you ongoing metering of audio levels, signal density, FFT readings -- the works.
Fully customizable, the IP-MTR64 Meters GUI lets you display an almost limitless array of metering and analysis on the monitor of any computer connected to the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network. Plus, meters have silence detection, so you can see at a glance if an audio stream has gone down, and where.
Each meter – or cell – in your IP “wall of meters” can be set up as a horizontal, vertical or eyebrow bargraph meter. You can set up two or 20 or 60 or more cells in one “wall.” You determine where and what to meter: console inputs, mic outputs, the satellite receiver, studios, web streams, you name it. In addition, a separate analysis window allows you to view one audio stream in a variety of informative ways, including FFT, 3-D plot, oscilloscope, energy vs. frequency, spectral dynamic range, and more.
Meters are arranged in a grid layout with the number of individual cells and the size and location of analysis windows you want. Style of metering can be curved, horizontal or vertical bargraph (you determine the number of bars) for mono or stereo, and for reading peak levels, average levels and peak over average levels. Set up one or two bright VU or PPM meters for instant loudness verification of on-air studios from across the room, for example, and add five or 10 or 30 side meters for checking levels of players and mics feeding those studios. Size, background color and text labeling for each cell is fully customizable by you. One meter at a time can be zoomed to a full-screen view for detailed observation. Multiple layouts, complete with source selection, metering choices, colors, labels, and analysis settings, can be saved and recalled for use in various situations.
This paper examines QoS, transport, protocols and other issues relevant to extending AoIP networks for sharing resources and controlling studios across a wider area network.
Shows the new products we are working on for 2016
A full-color brochure describing the BLADE-3 line of WheatNet-IP network access points.
This brochure provides overviews of the entire WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network. It includes technical details as well as acts as a catalog for all Control Surfaces, BLADES and Accessories.
A document describing configuration of the Cisco 3750G, 3560G, 3650 and 3850 ethernet switches for use with the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network.
This is a technical manual covering all of the WheatNet-IP BLADE-3s.
This document shows simplified diagrams of the proper wiring and connections for logic I/O on WheatNet-IP BLADEs.
This document is a brief description of the logic function names used in the Wheatstone WheatNet-IP system.
IP Audio Networks: Planning for Reliability A white paper by Andrew Calvanese, VP Engineering, Wheatstone Corporation
WheatNet-IP brings added convenience and simplicity to the configuration of a PC- based automation system such as RCS Zetta. Where once it was necessary to employ a specialized sound card, discrete analog or digital audio wiring, a logic interface, and control cabling, with WheatNet-IP’s PC Driver, we can accomplish all of this over a single Ethernet cable. The driver effectively acts as a WheatNet-IP BLADE, and lets the PC enjoy full access to all aspects of the WheatNet-IP intelligent network. The driver is available in versions that offer one, four, eight, twelve, and twenty-four stereo input and output channels. For situations where discrete outputs from Zetta players are desired, we recommend at least the four-channel version of the driver.
This is a GREAT article from Pro Audio Asia...
Reprint of October 2016 article from Radio Magazine on the Hubbard broadcasting in Phoenix.
Saga Modernizes with Wheatstone by Jeff Den Adel, Engineer, Saga
Building an AoIP Network with BLADES by Amanda Hopp
IP At Center of Rogers' Console Decision by Mike McCabe, Engineerin Manager Rogers Broadcasting
A look at sending audio over IP via packets, and network considerations such as latency and jitter. A Radio World Engineering Extra by Greg Massey and Jon McClintock. Reprinted by permission.
During the BLADE Runners summit, Kelly Parker used our WheatNet-IP Meters GUI to create a wall of meters to monitor and troubleshoot our large system during subsequent testing. Here's what that looked like.