Wheatstone Interviews the Broadcast Industry


At this year's NAB show, we invited many people from all corners of the industry to join us in conversations about all things broadcast. Obviously, we focused on audio for broadcast because, well, it's what we know.

We didn't really know what to expect, but the results definitely exceeded even our greatest expectations. Some conversations weren't planned at all - such as the the Kim Komando interview. But despite being unplanned, the intrepid Scott Fybush, a virtual broadcast encyclopedia, just did what he does and Kim comfortably sheds a lot of light on the challenge facing radio and TV broadcasters about which medium is which.

Each of these videos is a wealth of information spanning every aspect of audio for broadcast.

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Jay Tyler’s LXE Tour de World!

Jay On Tour

At the 2016 NAB Show, we introduced the LXE - a complete rethink of a broadcast audio control surface. With the LXE, you can completely configure every knob and button, assigning functions as you wish. Complete with a gesture-based touch screen interface, it was, to put it mildly, quite enthusiastically received. Once we got back, Jay Tyler grabbed one of the consoles from NAB and took it on a world tour.

We can only imagine how many frequent flyer miles he'll rack up. You probably can, too! So, here's an idea - why don't you give us your best guess, along with your T-Shirt size? The five people that guess the closest will receive an addition to their wardrobes!

Just enter your guess by clicking HERE. There's no deadline, but we'll award the shirts sometime after Jay returns, and we'll post the results here. When they're gone, the contest ends.

Here is the tour itinerary. Good luck!

Panama May 10-14 • London, UK May 15-18
Paris, France May 18 - 23 • Zurich Switzerland May 23-25
Rome Italy May 26 • Germany -May 27-29
Singapore June 2-3 • Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, Australia June 4-11
Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand June 11-16
A TOUR OF KIM KOMANDO'S NEW STUDIOS IN PHOENIX WITH JIM HIBBARD

What is radio? What is TV? These days, the mediums are blurring. Many radio shows now offer video feeds. Likewise, many TV shows are offering radio-style coverage of shows. Kim Komando's cutting edge studios, which opened recently in Phoenix, point the way to what is possible. The video above offers a tour of the gear and how it works...

JOCK CRASHES NAB EXHIBIT
By Josh Gordon


A crowd unexpectedly gathered at the Wheatstone booth during the 2016 NAB show in Las Vegas when KISS-FM’s afternoon drive personality, who goes by the name of Kaden, stopped by to be filmed in a demo video for the new VoxPro 6.0 digital recorder/editor, the radio industry standard for studio phone editors. READ THE WHOLE STORY

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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

ATSC 3.0 AND PEARLS OF WISDOM

The theme for this year’s NAB show was, drum roll please, ATSC 3.0. The next-gen television standard has been churning its way through the standards-making process for some time, but FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s surprise NAB announcement put ATSC 3.0 on every party planner’s list for 2016. READ MORE

FYBUSH ON TRANSLATORS

Only in broadcasting do we use the words FM translator and AM in the same sentence. As an industry, we’ve long wrapped our minds around the idea that FM translators could be the next step forward in the AM Revitalization initiative. You could even say that some of us are evangelical about it. The name Scott Fybush comes to mind.
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SOLVING DIVERSITY DELAY

“If Joe Listener takes his car back to the dealer because his HD radio sounds awful, that’s a bad deal all the way around.” Those are the words of Mike Pappas, Vice President of Business Development for DaySequerra, and they pretty much sum up our worst fear now that HD Radio is seeing some traction. READ MORE

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NEW Wheatstone Products for 2016!

LXE

LXE

LXE

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.

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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.