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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.

Why ScreenBuilder Is Showing Up Everywhere

Broadcasters are tasked with doing a lot more with a lot less these days. Engineers have to find inventive solutions for delivery, streaming, routing, and processing, and are discovering that being able to create their own interfaces for specific applications results in perfect solutions for their modern studios.

ScreenBuilder and WheatNet-IP are the tools that makes that possible. 

To tap the full potential of the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network, Wheatstone's ScreenBuilder is a virtual development software tool that lets you build control, routing, and monitoring interfaces that work with your PC or touchscreen tablets to literally create virtual surfaces and workflows customized to be EXACTLY what you need, EXACTLY where you need it.

Working with ScreenBuilder is straightforward. There are dozens of pre-built widgets including knobs, faders, timers, meters, and more that you can assemble into an interface and enable using its simple scripting wizard. 

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Why AES67 is the Important Standard

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Standardization is the reason you can fly across the country, hop in any rental car, and drive off without having to read through the operator’s manual. It’s why you can plug your phone into any USB port to charge, and why you can access your email, your texts and your social media from anywhere, regardless of wireless carrier or make of phone.

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Commissioning AES67 ThumbnailInterested in AES67? Download this Free White Paper 

Wheatstone's VP of Technology has put together a fact-packed White Paper on all of the issues you might encounter when implementing AES67 in a real-world facility. This contains a lot of useful information that will help with commissioning AES67.

Download it for free here.

Bonneville Salt Lake City System Being Tested 

NEW VIDEOS ADDED Some folks don't know that in addition to designing and building all of our gear right here in New Bern, NC, USA, we also set up every large system and test it as it is going to be used in its destination studios to ensure it's going to work flawlessly. This also gives the customer a chance to come to the factory and get hands on the gear before it's put into place, letting them familiarize themselves with its operation.

In this series of videos, Jay Tyler walks you through an inside look at phase 1 of the new WheatNet-IP-based system for Bonneville Broadcasting's Salt Lake City stations. It's all set up in our factory test area for its factory acceptance testing. These videos compare boot times for the Wheatstone BLADEs ans consoles and also the Cisco switches. 

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RadioINSIGHT Covers WBZ Boston's Amazing Transitions

In a series of articles, Scott Fybush and Lance Venta document WBZ's move from their longtime homes to new state-of-the-art facilities. 

The first article covers their old studios. The second covers their new iHeart studios. And the third  covers the Beasley FM Sports studios.

It's an exciting time for WBZ!

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Hofstra University's WRHU recently upgraded their facilities and sent posted these photos.

Here's what they wrote about the upgrade:

"WRHU is very proud to have done our first ever broadcast last night from our newly renovated, state of the art Richard Phillip Cavallaro studio. WRHU is equipped with industry standard technology: Wheatstone audio surfaces / Comrex Bric’s, all digital, all routable and interchangeable with WheatNet-IP. We still have some final prep - new wall sound proofing, lights, and cameras - before the official ribbon cutting ceremony, but we are incredibly excited about the work already complete! Stand by as we take WRHU to the next level!"

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Testing Giant WheatNet-IP Systems

Jay Tyler demonstrates just how robust WheatNet-IP systems can be. In these two videos, he reboots two of the largest systems out there and has them back up and running in 80 seconds. The system on the left is being installed in the new Hubbard facilities in Washington, DC and was setup completely in Wheatstone the week of August 20th, 2018. The system on the left represents multiple studios spread across a facility and was commissioned by Cox Jacksonville and was in Wheatstone in July 2018.

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S#!T Happens. Here's the Plan.

Disaster1The Carr fire in Northern California that razed KEWB-FM and KNCQ-FM transmitters last month reminded us that disasters can happen in a flash. Floods. Hurricanes. Fires. S#!t happens and every broadcast studio is at risk. So here, once again, is the plan.

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New Studios for WBZ-FM Boston

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Jay Tyler posted these great shots of WBZ-FM's new studios to Facebook, where we promptly, um, borrowed them. Gorgeous stuff!

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Articles of Interest

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STEREO MIKING TECHNIQUE YOU SHOULD KNOW
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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 2018 PUTS BLADES THROUGH XTREME TESTS

Would any sensible broadcast engineer put his/her system through dozens of consecutive reboots? Would she/he ever send audio on a purposefully Rube Goldberg-ish route? Would they use new, unproven switches? That’d be asking for trouble, right?

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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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