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Wheatstone: Audio Consoles, Processing, Networking

If it's audio broadcast, it's happening at Wheatstone. We manufacture broadcast audio products, from digital consoles, control surfaces and Audioarts mixers to fully integrated audio over IP (AoIP) and TDM routing systems as well as spectral audio processing for on air and over the internet, plus a wide variety of studio and broadcast wares for radio, television and commercial installations.

Installed in more broadcast facilities than any other console brand, Wheatstone and Audioarts provide complete  program access and control for your broadcast facility. Mission Critical. Failsafe. Bulletproof – just some of the words people use to describe our studio products. Friendly. Knowledgeable. Exceptionally cool – just some of the words used to describe our people.

Impact Studios

ImpactStudioAb 2560Marc Lehmuth sent us these recent photos of Impact Partnership’s new 10-studio installation in Kennesaw, Georgia. Shown is Studio A with several mic positions and Wheatstone TS-4 Talent Stations (with mic on/off/cough, talkback, and headphone source) mounted into the desktop, all networked through the WheatNet-IP audio system.

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Video: Setting Up the IP-12

Just how easy is it to set up a typical Wheatstone AoIP console? Wonder no more. In this series of videos, Jay Tyler takes you through the whole process of unboxing and setting up an IP-12 in surprisingly little time!

Here's part one: Unboxing.

SEE ADDITIONAL VIDEO SEGMENTS...


Part 2: Cabling Up and Powering Up


Part 3: Configuring and Getting Audio


Part 4: Interfacing Details


MORE SEGMENTS ON THE WAY SOON!

KBEM Rethinks Facility with WheatNet-IP

KBEMHUDMichael Jamnick tells the story of revitalizing KBEM using WheatNet-IP AoIP networking technology. 

Writing in the August 2014 issue of Radio magazine, Jamnick tells of his challenges when taking over as engineer of the station as, along with station management, he began to rethink the technical plant. A reprint can be downloaded at this link, courtesy of Radio magazine.

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Cookies and I/O BLADEs

WheatNet Cookie_350It was game on for the Wheat guys when our ever-resourceful founder, Gary Snow, offered a cookie to anyone who could come up with the best uses for our BLADE I/O access units. (BLADEs are the network access units that make up the WheatNet-IP audio network). The ideas flooded in and Gary ended up giving out two cookies. Here are just a few of the entries that earned our Jay Tyler and Kelly Parker a coveted cookie.

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LPFM: Better AND More Affordable

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The LPFM studio you build today will be better and more affordable than the one you might have sketched out on a yellow legal pad back in the early '00s.

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Radio That Can ... And Did

Prayz5 420Meet Prayz Network, the little Christian network that could. Prayz Network started in 2011 with WTPN-FM in Westby, Wisconsin. Soon, it added a translator to get into nearby La Crosse, and within a year, added WEQS-FM in Sparta, Wisconsin.

This month, the little network that began on little more than a wing and prayer added its fourth, network affiliate WWJC-FM licensed to Augusta, Wisconsin, and will be covering the I-94/I-90 corridor from Eau Claire to La Crosse.

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Miking Players on the Sports Field

Football 420Dan Daley, who covers sports and audio production for the industry, tipped us off to a new technique for capturing audio during live sporting events.

“They (NFL) experimented with placing wireless lavaliers on different player positions, so what you’re hearing now is the mic placed on the back of the center and that signal is sent to the console that is controlled by the NFL, which opens the fader on that microphone at a preset number of seconds before the snap and closes it a preset number of seconds after the snap. We’re getting some really great audio from the field as a result and I think the NFL experience is making everyone else look at it.”

We've Got Talent

TS4 420So many stations these days have neither the space nor the budget for an announce booth for their talent, let alone for guests.

That’s where something smaller like our IP-networked TS-22 or TS-4 Talent Stations makes sense. These are small turrets that can fit just about anywhere, either on the countertop or mounted inside a countertop, and include mic, headphone, and other talent controls. The TS-4 and larger TS-22 plug into our WheatNet-IP audio network to extend all shared sources and destinations into the producer booth or guest, talent host or co-host positions.

For syndicated morning shows like Free Beer & Hot Wings, for example, the producers are able to access any source or destination that any other WheatNet-IP control surface can, plus check the satellite syndication feed at any time from their TS-22 turret panels.

The TS-22 has six programmable soft buttons, six source preselect buttons, microphone control, speaker and headphone level controls (w/built-in headphone amp and front panel jack), timer, and a source select knob with color OLED display that can access any signal on the network (source visibility software controlled).

The Wheatstone Development Process

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Hardware engineer Dave Breithaupt kicks off a discussion with Jay Tyler and Andy Calvanese about the development process. It takes surprisingly little time for an idea to become a product at Wheatstone, thanks to the "tool box" we've developed over our 35+ years in the audio business.

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We asked some of our folks to go on camera and simply talk to each other. We think you'll like what they had to say... unrehearsed and unscripted.

To see more videos from this series, feel free to visit here:

Wheatstone Inside The Idea Factory Videos

Multimedia Madness

CameraLensWNIP 420If you wanted to mess with cameras all day you wouldn’t have gone into radio, right?

It’s not just YouTube, either. Or the website that needs a continual stream of video and audio, or the photo bombs that are going off all day, every day. 

Or even that the morning guys are running all over town with a microphone and a camera.

It’s that multimedia is such a huge production now, and it’s beginning to get in the way of that other major production: radio. 

“We’ve got cameras and streaming wares and everybody (in the studio) has something in front of them, laptops and tablets and iPads. Multimedia doesn’t even begin to describe it,” says Mike Maciejewski, who is the engineer in charge of Townsquare’s five-station cluster in Grand Rapids, Michigan, home of nationally syndicated morning show Free Beer & Hot Wings.

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Something New is in (on) the Air

FM55andCat 420If the station across town suddenly starts to blow everyone else off the dial, blame it on the new FM-55 audio processor. We let the cat out of the bag a few weeks ago, and there’s no putting it back.

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Splitting Hairs and Consoles

SplitLX24 420Only in Switzerland would they think to split our flagship LX-24 control surface in two, build the two halves into slick looking furniture with LED illuminated edges, and electronically raise and lower the desk as needed. Read on.

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New Wheatstone Gear In New Zealand

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MORE FM in New Zealand had  to completely rebuild their studios after a devastating earthquake. We'll have a complete story on the rebuild soon. 

In the meantime, Simon Barnett sent along this video, shot in their new studios, when our own Jay Tyler was there recently.

Here's Simon talking about their new gear.

The Terrey of it All

TerreyEdit 420“If you look at the workflows in television right now, everything is going file-based and IP. Once you capture it on camera and mic and mix it through a board, it is transported as digital content.

This is creating tremendous opportunities for simplification of the broadcast chain and for transporting the content within a broadcast facility as well as in mobile production. In the end, it all comes down to networking.”

- John Terrey, new sales engineer in charge of Wheatstone’s line of TV audio consoles and network routing systems. John joins Wheatstone with more than 30 years’ experience in the broadcast industry, having worked in a variety of segments, from test and measurement to live production, post-production and transmission.

 

Sales Engineering and Delivery

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Our customer support team talks about the importance of Wheatstone's sales engineers in helping a customer determine what sort of system he needs, and how the rest of our team works to make that happen right the first time.

Watch This Video

We asked some of our folks to go on camera and simply talk to each other. We think you'll like what they had to say... unrehearsed and unscripted.

To see more videos from this series, feel free to visit here:

Wheatstone Inside The Idea Factory Videos

Meet Dave Breithaupt

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Meet Dave Breithaupt, human transistor. Dave was one of the first engineers to work with field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) in the ‘80s, and is now the guy responsible for Wheatstone’s firmware designs. You probably have never met Dave, but you might know of his work.

His FPGA designs were married to a Linux microprocessor to yield the hardware needed to build the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network, for example.

In the 12 years that Dave has worked with Wheatstone, he has been involved in just about every new product design at the firmware level on down to the switches and buttons of Wheatstone control surfaces.

Dave started out designing television cameras for RCA and has worked in electro optic imaging, X-ray imaging, and military electronics for companies like GE before landing at Wheatstone.

The only thing he enjoys almost as much as working on Wheatstone products is taking the motorcycle out for a spin. Which is saying a lot about his dedication to Wheatstone, because Dave has five motorcycles.

 

Welcome New Dealers!

IMG 0560Wheatstone welcomes Save Diffusion España, Spain, and ON AIR SA of Mexico to its worldwide network of dealer representatives.

Starting this month, ON AIR provides sales and support of the Wheatstone audio IP and Audioarts console lines and can be reached at +52 (55) 5203 2359 or by contacting Felipe Padilla direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Save Diffusion España is an extension of existing Wheatstone dealer Save Diffusion, adding integration capabilities to Wheatstone and Audioarts products for customers all over the EU and Middle East. Save Diffusion España can be reached at +34 983 11 11 50 or by contacting Jesús Vazquez Miguel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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