Idea Factory: Wheatstone Radio & Audioarts

Club Wheat: Inside The Idea Factory: Wheatstone Radio & Audioarts

Andy Calvanese, Jay Tyler and Dave Breithaupt discuss everything from Wheatstone's humble beginnings (as Audioarts) to their domination of the technology in the 'Audio For Broadcast' world.


Wheatstone and Audioarts History

Did you know that Audioarts was actually the first name of what is now Wheatstone? Andy and Jay reminisce and remember.

A Reputation for Pristine Quality

Andy and Jay talk about Wheatstone and Audioarts' well-earned reputation for pristine audio quality and outstanding performance.

Audioarts Enters the Broadcast Industry

Andy and Jay recall the years when Audioarts made its first inroads into the broadcast industry, and discuss the company's first broadcast products.

Audioarts and the Broadcast Niche

Andy and Jay discuss the "niche" the broadcast industry represented for Audioarts in its early days.

Audioarts Consoles, Then and Now

There were Audioarts consoles, and then later there were Audioarts consoles, and there were some differences between them! Andy and Jay unravel this history.

A-50, Early Days of Audioarts

Andy and Jay talk about the A-50, Wheatstone's first broadcast console, and how development progressed from there in the earliest of Audioarts' days in the broadcast market.

Surface Mount, Early Digital Consoles

Andy Calvanese describes how Wheatstone began to embrace surface mount technology (SMT), and Jay Tyler talks about some of Wheatstone's first digital audio consoles.

From Standalone Digital to Networking

Andy Calvanese and Jay Tyler discuss how the transition came about from standalone digital audio consoles to networked digital audio technology.

Early Networking With TDM

Andy Calvanese and Jay Tyler talk about the trials and triumphs of the earliest days of TDM networking.

Wheatstone's First BRIDGE Installations

Jay and Andy recall the very first installations of Wheatstone BRIDGE Networking.

Why Gigabit, and Why Integrated Control

Jay Tyler and Andy Calvanese discuss Wheatstone's philosophy of designing entire systems, not just component parts, and how our integrated control networking brings all the parts together into a cohesive whole..

The Wheatstone Broadcast Ecosystem

Jay Tyler and Andy Calvanese discuss Wheatstone's philosophy of designing entire systems, not just component parts, and how our integrated control networking brings all the parts together into a cohesive whole.

Advantages of IP Control & IP Drivers

Keeping the control and audio networks together provides some key advantages, as does the availability of our WheatNet-IP software drivers. Jay explains the cost benefits and conveniences associated with these technologies.

Manufacturing Under One Roof: Why?

Jay Tyler and Andy Calvanese look back on the reason Wheatstone operates as it does, keeping all of our manufacturing processes in-house.

Manufacturing Flexibility and Quality

Jay and Andy touch on some of the reasons we keep all of our manufacturing processes in-house: we're flexible enough to respond to availability changes, and exercise some control over our supply chain.

Advantages of Dominance and Agility

As our founder has been known to say, "It's good to be the king!" In this video, Jay and Andy discuss Wheatstone's dominant position in the market, and explain how that's advantageous to our customers as well as to us.

Wheatstone Partners & the ACI

Jay and Andy talk about Wheatstone's technology partnering program, and how automation vendors and other partners use our ACI (Automation Control Interface) to interact in a two-way fashion with our control surfaces.

From Bridge to WheatNet-IP: Moving Up

Jay describes the special features that make upgrading from a BRIDGE TDM system to WheatNet-IP a very simple thing. Connector compatibility and the availability of MADI ease the pains of migration.

The Case for IP Interoperability

The Wheatstone team talks about the need for interoperability in the world of Audio-over-IP networking, and what's being done about it.

Limitations of AES-67 Interoperability

The AES 67 standard for Audio-over-IP interoperability is being discussed a great deal in the trade media. But, as our Wheatstone experts point out, there are some limitations that make AES 67 something less than the ultimate solution for network interoperability.

Why is our IP better than their IP?

In this video, the Wheatstone crew talk about some of the reasons that Wheatstone's WheatNet-IP network stands out, and how it can bring more to the table.

Logic and Audio Over Multicast

The Wheatstone team in this video talks about how WheatNet-IP uses the IP multicast protocols, also known is IGMP, to transport, route, and distribute both audio and logic signals across the network.

A Few Words About Switches

Switches are vital parts of an Audio-over-IP network. While the network access points (which we call BLADEs) provide access to network resources, switches actually do all of the actual routing of the audio and logic. In this video, the Wheatstone networking experts discuss the vital role switches play in a well-designed WheatNet-IP network.

How IP Has Changed the Process

In this segment, Andy, Jay, and Dave talk about how the introduction of IP audio has changed the design process. In particular, they talk about how the need to select and configure switches is a new element for many engineers.

The Wheatstone Development Process

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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