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Audio mixing consoles/surfaces. IP routing and control. Audio processors. Digital editing tools.

Wheatstone's products and studio systems are designed and built specifically for the demands of broadcasting. They cover a range from smaller single-station studios to large multi-studio, multi-station complexes with a million cross-points and dozens of mixers, talent stations, and elements connected across a region.

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That's Communication!

By Dee McVicker

“It’s interesting. We’re in the communications business, but too often engineers and programmers don’t communicate.”

As soon as WHIZ Media Group Radio Program Director Brenda Larrick said these words, I did a facepalm and threw up my hands all at the same time, which, if you try it, is nearly impossible. We had struck up a conversation at an NAB kickoff party last month, and the thought of engineers and programmers getting together to discuss the intricacies of a new studio install intrigued me.

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Chicago's WDRV 97.1 Goes Live

WDRV (97.1, The Drive) is now rockin’ from Hubbard’s new studios at One Prudential, Chicago. On May 11, Bob Stroud and the midday team boarded a double-decker bus and headed down Michigan Avenue from the John Hancock building, which had been WDRV-FM’s home for 17 years, to the new studios at One Prudential. 

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MAKING SENSE OF THE VIRTUAL STUDIO COVERRead our new E-Book:

Making 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 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.

Articles of Interest

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STEREO MIKING TECHNIQUE YOU SHOULD KNOW
Playing the middle against the sides

By Scott Johnson

Every broadcast engineer finds himself in this situation from time to time. Say your morning news show has brought in a local jazz combo who’ll play into a break. You want a nice, clean, wide stereo image, but you want it to be mono-compatible for all those TV’s in airports, kitchens, and restaurants that have mono speakers.  

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LPFM. GOING PRO.

There are those who say that the console makes the station. Maybe, maybe not. But we bet it was the first thing you looked at when you got your LPFM license, right? If you’ve done your homework, you’ve probably noticed that consoles made specifically for broadcast are laid out differently than, say, those found in the music store.  

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Limit the Multipath!

Multipath happens. Especially to 92.5 The Wolf, which broadcasts a rimshot signal into Denver from the base of the Rocky Mountains with enough effective radiated power to make up for an antenna barely clearing the average terrain. The geography, the antenna height, the Class C1 power – together they form the perfect storm for multipath. 

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VIDEO: FINISHING AN LXE END PANEL

Tim Sanders goes through the process of trimming, sanding, polishing, and perfecting the piano-quality finish of the end pieces of the LXE control surface. CNC machines are wonderful, but nothing can match the eye and hand of an expert craftsman like Tim. Enjoy!

 

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NETWORK

Audio mixing consoles are now part of a much larger universe, the fabric of which is networking. How a console is networked is more critical than ever before, as are the applications that drive its usefulness.

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BORN IN THE USA

Today, broadcast operations have extended beyond and expanded within their walls, thanks largely to IP and networking. But meanwhile, back at the factory, we’re keeping it all under one roof. Why?   

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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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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? 

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RADIO AUDIO CONSOLES

Wheatstone is all about radio. Cool consoles and mixers. Intelligent audio IP studio networking and routing. PR&E Consoles. VoxPro recording and editing. AM and FM on-air processors that rock both loud AND clean.

TV AUDIO CONSOLES

When you think of TV audio, you think of Wheatstone. Our consoles are the control centers for the finest facilities in the world. WheatNet-IP audio networking is becoming THE standard for interconnect.

AUDIO PROCESSING

Only Wheatstone offers processors with the surgical precision of 31-band processing! Sound shaping for FM, AM, HD, television, webcasting, podcasting, mastering or live audio.

VOXPRO AUDIO RECORDER & EDITOR

For live, on-air recording and real-time editing, there's no better solution than VoxPro.

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