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WHEAT:NEWS MARCH 2019  Volume 10, Number 3

EVERYBODY PROMISES THE FUTURE. WHEATSTONE ALWAYS DELIVERS IT. NAB BOOTH N6806

NAB Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss

Development Engineer Dominic Giambo will be talking about Components of Cloud-Based Broadcasting, from Content Creation to Delivery Sunday, April 7, from 10:40 am to 12:00 pm in N260. He will cover CSPs, the how and why of SIP connectivity, and latency, codecs and security issues.

Dominic will also discuss tips for Commissioning AES67 in Your Plant on Tuesday, April 9, from 3:40 to 4:00 pm in room N260. He will discuss mapping out an IP address plan, configuring packet structure and what to do about packet timing and sample rate incompatibilities.

Wheatstone IP audio networking will, once again, demonstrate AES67 compatibility at the IP Showcase, booth C12634 this NAB show. Be sure to catch Wheatstone’s Development Engineer Dominic Giambo at the IP Showcase booth at 9:00 am on Tuesday of the show, when he will be discussing tips for Implementing AES67 and ST 2110-30 in Your Plant.

WTOP on the Phone

WTOP PhoneBladeIMAGEThe telephone is talk radio’s best friend, so it is most fitting that one of the first WheatNet-IP audio network SIP appliances would go to WTOP’s new studios in Friendship Heights, Maryland.

The nation’s top-billing news/talk station moved to a totally WheatNet-IP audio networked facility earlier this year to get calls in and out of six on-air and production studios, seven edit studios and 41 news and sports positions. The multi-line unit connects into WTOP’s SIP PBX phone system on one end and its WheatNet-IP audio network on the other, providing studios and news/sports positions with simultaneous access to multiple lines at once.

The lines show up as sources/destinations in the WheatNet-IP NAVIGATOR software and are available to every one of the 54 WheatNet-IP surfaces and interfaces in the large facility. Indication of each line is available throughout the WheatNet-IP audio network and answer/hangup can be done by direct software logic (SLIO) control. The two on-air studios’ LXE consoles, for example, have SS-8 Smart Switch panels dropped into their frames for recording, profanity delay dump, answer next, hold, busy all, and drop call functions.

The built-in bus minus functionality on every console channel returns a clean feed to the caller without the need for a telephone hybrid.

 

From Single- to Multi-Purpose News Studio

STRATA32 TeaseIf your television station still has a single-purpose news studio that’s only used part of the day, there are a few simple things you can do to put that studio to work 24/7.

One is to change out your audio console to an IP audio routed surface.

Going from a fixed-I/O audio console to an IP audio routed console will give you the flexibility to quickly change mic feeds, configure IFB connections and reset settings going from one show or newscast to the next. 

All routing and control for the console is handled by the IP audio network, which gives you many more options to setting up the console and connecting to the resources you need. If it’s on the network, it’s routable, programmable and accessible – often automatically. For example, when a field reporter’s mic turns on, our WheatNet-IP audio network can automatically send a mix minus back to the field reporter’s headset for IFB. 

And because everything routing and logic related is moved to the network, IP audio consoles are extremely compact. For example, our Strata 32 IP audio console making its debut at the NAB show packs 64 channels and all that IP audio capability into a 40” frame. 

Experience IT ALL @ NAB Booth N6806

IMG 0020We will be there with new AoIP appliances, new surfaces (both behind the glass and on the desk), and all kinds of new ways of doing radio and television broadcast – including a new FM audio processor that will definitely shake things up on the dial. Stop in to see and listen for yourself.

AoIP Around the World and Back. Check out our multinational WheatNet-IP system with part of the network in Ireland and part in North Carolina -- all controlled from the show floor through any number of control surfaces.

Also, be sure to ask us about PhoneBlade, a similar appliance that is designed specifically for talkshow applications. PhoneBlade connects SIP PBX phone systems directly into the WheatNet-IP audio network without the need for a telephone hybrid.

Glass Zone. Everything you can imagine under glass, from our new Glass LXE virtual console that is fully functional and studio-ready to Remote LXE UI with real-time fader tracking between the virtual interface and a physical LXE board.

Here, we’ll show you how stations are building news desks in under a square foot and a wide variety of other user interfaces designed with our ScreenBuilder development tools.

EXtreme processing! Our X5 audio processor has the works. PPMport insertion loop for people meters, Unified Processing throughout all stages, FM/HD LiveLock to lock in HD time alignment, and our proprietary LIMITLESS Clipper that will take all the highs you can give it and never give you back IMD. Listen to it for yourself!

MPX SyncLink, for keeping your Wheatstone processor at the studio. MPX SyncLink delivers a multiplexed sync-locked FM/HD signal direct to the transmitter, eliminating link-induced diversity delay errors.

Also new…

Strata 32 TV audio console packs 64 channels and the latest IP audio innovation into a 40-inch frame that fits most television applications and budgets under $75,000.

StageBox for our IP audio consoles that extends console I/O, providing 32 mic/line inputs, 16 analog line outputs, and 8 AES3 inputs and 8 AES3 outputs as well as 12 logic ports and two Ethernet ports.

Interesting Links:

Uhm, no. 

D/A and A/D Show and Tell. 

Finally, the cloud explained. (Thanks, John Lackness for sharing)...

NAB's Coming Right Up and Darrin's Excited...

If you are coming to the show, we look forward to seeing you. We'll be set up in booth N6806 and, as Darrin said, we'll have a ton of new stuff. 

MAKING SENSE OF THE VIRTUAL STUDIO COVERMaking Sense of the Virtual Studio
SMART STRATEGIES AND VIRTUAL TOOLS FOR ADAPTING TO CHANGE

Curious about how the modern studio has evolved in an IP world? Virtualization of the studio is WAY more than tossing a control surface on a touch screen. With today's tools, you can virtualize control over almost ANYTHING you want to do with your audio network. This free e-book illustrates what real-world engineers and radio studios are doing. Pretty amazing stuff.

AdvancingAOIP E BookCoverAdvancing AOIP for Broadcast
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EMERGING STANDARDS SUCH AS AES67 VIA AUDIO OVER IP TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR BROADCAST FACILITY

Putting together a new studio? Updating an existing studio? This collection of articles, white papers, and brand new material can help you get the most out of your venture. Best of all, it's FREE to download!

IP TV EBOOK COVER

IP Audio for TV Production and Beyond

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MANAGING MORE CHANNELS, MORE MIXES, AND MORE REMOTE VENUES

For this FREE e-book download, we've put together this e-book 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. 

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