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> CBS, Philadelphia, PA

> Xstudio, Sydney, Australia

> Leighton Broadcast, St Cloud, MN

> KEYT, Santa Barbara, CA

> TS-4H Talent Station

> KUNA-FM-02, Palm Springs, CA

> Hubbard Broadcasting, Phoenix, AZ

> Nativa 107 Brazil

> RTE Pulse Ireland

> RTE Pulse Ireland

Wheatstone will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday Nov 23 and Fri Nov 24. We'll reopen for business on Monday Nov 27. If you need technical support, please call the main number - 1-252-638-7000 and listen for instructions or email us at techsupport@wheatstone.com

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The IP model of audio transport (AoIP) provides a unique combination of features well suited for today’s emerging remote At-Home production model. Integrated routing, processing, mixing, and control spread across interconnected devices on an IP network can be used to build a venue-side matrix of audio and control that includes mic-feeds, local mixing, low latency IFB, and control-logic from local or remote inputs. The resultant audio streams can then be transmitted to a distant At-Home production facility via AES67 (AoIP) for synchronization with the accompanying video streams.

Come join Wheatstone, where we'll take you through the new era of IP remote production:

SVG Summit, New York Hilton, NYC - Dec 11-12, Tabletop 75

To arrange a meet up, contact Lon Neumann at lon@wheatstone.com.

 

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Very cool looking rack of the best voice processors in the world.

Shot by Jay Tyler at Beasley in Boston.

THANKSGIVING VIDEO SPECIAL: As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!”

The Wheaty Players and all our friends at Wheatstone send a Happy Thanksgiving to all you Les Nessmans, Johnny Fevers, Jennifers and Carlsons out there (or here, as is the case).

AES Loudness Guidelines Explained

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You’ve no doubt heard about the new loudness recommendations for Over-the-Top (OTT) and online video released by AES a few weeks ago. The “Loudness Guidelines for OTT and OVD Content” by the AGOTTVS (Audio Guidelines for OTT and Video Streaming) technical group addresses new challenges in content delivery, and could be as significant to broadcasters as the CALM Act.

To make sense of it all we checked in with our own Lon Neumann, who spent part of his career instructing broadcasters on loudness compliance and the CALM Act before joining Wheatstone as a sales engineer in 2016. 

WS: How significant is this new set of guidelines?

LN: This new set of AES guidelines is very significant. Until now, there have been issues related to variations of audio loudness across some of the new modes of content delivery, such as delivery of video content to handheld devices and by services such as Netflix. There really had been no guidelines for audio loudness of content that was delivered by these means.

It’s also worth noting that the 50-member Audio Guidelines for OTT and Video Streaming (AGOTTVS) technical committee* represented a cross-section of the industry with representatives from companies such as Amazon, Apple, BBC, CBS, Dolby, Fox, Fraunhofer, Google, NBC, Netflix, PBS, Starz, Qualcomm, and Wheatstone. Gaining a consensus from a group such as this lends considerable clout to the guidelines.

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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.

True Confessions of a Morning Host

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We’re always interested in what goes on inside the mind of a morning radio host.

We talk often to VoxPro power users like Jay Turner, the PD and morning show host for Sunny Country, KSNI-FM, in Santa Maria, Calif. Sometimes, we talk about what’s happening in the news. Other times, Jay gives us valuable input on our digital recorder/editor. In fact, we added at least one feature to the VoxPro version 7 at Turner’s request. You can thank Jay for being able to easily edit channels independently should, say, a caller or jock talk over the other. (Click to view the video)

But most of the time we talk about the industry, and about things like TSL and ratings.

For the record, Jay doesn’t see the quarter-hour spot block going away anytime soon, but he doesn’t necessarily stand on convention when it comes to the right-now mentality of today’s listener. “If someone calls in with traffic update, we don’t wait until after the spot block. We come in with that right after the song because they can get that on their phone. We’re competing with the phone in many ways, so we have to be there with those kinds of updates,” he said.

The last time we talked to Jay, he was working on a True Confessions program segment and experimenting with VoxPro to get that gravelly voice that jocks seem to like.

Talking with Jay makes for some good conversation…and products.

Your IP Question Answered

Toolbox imageQ: How does your system handle IFB?

A: With the utility mixers built into our I/O BLADE access units! There are two 8x2 stereo mixers inside our BLADEs at every connection point in the network, and they’re used for a number of things, including setting mix-minuses for IFB. It makes for a completely decentralized IFB system requiring no additional hardware. You can also interface to an existing intercom system, no problem.

Each IP connection point – or BLADE – stores not only its configuration but also the entire configuration of the network onboard, which means that failover is immediate. We sleep better at night knowing that our BLADEs are on the job.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NETWORK

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TAKING THE AURA8-IP BEYOND BROADCASTING

By Scott Johnson

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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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