NAB 2017 Updates
Meet the New Wheatstone & PR&E Gear for 2017!
NEW FOR 2017: VOXPRO 7: A WHOLE LOTTA MORE
- Industry’s most popular editor/recorder gets a new signal processing toolset for letting talent quickly clean up phone calls for on-air presentation.
- New ClipCleaner toolset includes spectral display, parametric EQ, de-esser, compressor, expander, limiter and noise gate for processing channels independently or jointly. Comes with a standard library of presets for easy setup.
- FX Macros for creating one-button macros for frequently used effects and other editing operations. FX Macros can be used to create a preset for any effect that can then be assigned to an on-screen button for quick recall.
- For navigating through files, a QuikSearch box has been added and conveniently located on-screen along with the ability to color-code files and hotkeys.
- In addition to a new FX Editor, Wheatstone designers also overhauled the VoxPro Effects menu, making special effects like chorus, reverb and distortion much more accessible and making recent effects settings “sticky” for automatic recall.
- Support for importing 24-bit files, a new feature in GapBuster to automatically detect the noise floor, and the use of a hardware-based graphics library for smoother and more efficient performance.
- Natively supports WheatNet-IP audio networking for easy access to any source anywhere in the network. All popular file formats, including MP3, MP2, WAV, AIFF and WMA files can be imported and exported individually
or in groups.
NEW FOR 2017: PR&E GETS A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE
The new DMX AoIP console line carries forward the rugged quality and practical functionality of the PR&E brand, but includes IP audio routing as an easy studio add-on. It’s an ideal setup for the two- or three-studio facility where each studio can act independently as a separate standalone entity, but the studios are linked together through an IP network.
The DMX AoIP is all-inclusive without the need for an external Ethernet switch. It provides 1Gb connectivity for robust routing of sources and destinations between studios and integrates easily into most existing radio automaton systems using proven WheatNet-IP automation drivers.
The new DMX control surface is a fully integrated standalone console for on-air and production applications. It is available in an 8-fader (DMX-8) or 16-fader (DMX-16) frame with four program busses and bus-minus on every fader as well as convenient control knob on each channel for adjusting pan, mode, and input sources. The console has talkback and cue functions, EQ/dynamics, and control room, studio and headphone monitors, plus LED metering, built-in timer, and four-event recall.
This new console surface is available with a 1RU DMX mix engine and 1RU Razor I/O module, which include 1GB Ethernet ports and RJ-45 interfaces for quick setup and easy audio routing between studios.
NEW FOR 2017: AIRAURA X4: MAKE RADIO SOUND A WHOLE LOT BETTER
This new FM and HD audio processor was built from the ground up based on several breakthroughs, including an innovative new system where all stages of processing are aware of each other.
In more traditional audio processing designs, the different stages are created to complement each other, but not all information between the stages is shared. The AirAura X4 breaks down that wall and allows the processor to share information between ALL stages. In the X4, the iAGC, limiters and clipper all share information and changes can be made automatically, in real time, in ways never envisioned before.
Like its AirAura X3 predecessor, the AirAura X4 includes 31-band limiting, but utilizes it in a way that hasn’t been done before. As part of the X4 system, the 31-band limiter works directly with the X4 clipper, providing an audio blueprint for how the clipper should behave. It’s a huge step forward for transparent loudness as our clipper is not just protected by the best limiter design on Earth, but also managed by it.
The AirAura X4 adds a number of other features, including a redesigned bass processor and enhancement controls in the iAGC that allow you to safely equalize your audio for maximum consistency as well as full RDS capabilities.
Wheatstone’s popular HD/FM audio alignment makes the jump to the AirAura X4. The system works either with third-party HD/FM modulation monitors or by itself, with the new FM/HD tuner built in to the X4.
AES insert points are also available for customers who wish to insert their ratings encoder into the processing system instead of placing it in front of the processor.
Experienced users of Wheatstone processing will be happy to know that many of the popular features in previous models have been incorporated in the AirAura X4, including an improved Multipath Mitigation algorithm, redesigned composite processing with selectable look ahead limiting or clipping, baseband192 composite AES connectivity, and a full set of analysis displays. The X4 features a new look and feel, with an intuitive GUI and dual touch screens on the front panel.
NEW FOR 2017: FM-55e: A WHOLE LOTTA AUDIO FOR A LITTLE BIT O' DOUGH
The FM-55e includes all the same features that earned the FM-55 its reputation as the choice in value FM processing, but adds enhanced iAGC controls as well as an entirely new bass processing design. These enhancements give broadcasters that extra competitive edge that users found in the FM-55...still considered best in its class, both from a sonic standpoint and from its list of features.
The FM-55e is a multi-band audio processor ideal for FM stations requiring sound consistency across a variety of source material. It includes the popular intelligent five-band AGC technology — or iAGC — coupled to a five-band limiter and stereo generator, plus five-band stereo enhancement and program adaptive L-R control for multipath mitigation.
Like the FM-55, the FM-55e fully supports the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network, and is equipped with two analog composite outputs, two SCA inputs, balanced analog Left/Right outputs and an AES digital output that can be switched to deliver either discrete Left/Right or baseband192 digital multiplex signal.
The FM-55e comes in a 1RU package with front panel OLED display and GUI navigation.
Existing FM-55 owners will be able to update their current unit with new FM-55e software free of charge when it is released later this year.
Wheatstone at NAB 2017
We're pulling out all the stops for NAB 2017.
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We hope you take the time to read this great company profile, written by Pro Audio Asia!
Take An In-Depth Look at the LXE
Our new LXE consoles are out in studios around the world now. Take an in-depth look at the most advanced contol surface we've ever made!
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MJs at work on their LX-24 at 106.2 Big FM in Dubai
We just got a link to this cool video. Check out behind the scenes, featuring a Wheatstone LX-24!
Radio. The Loud One
This is a tale of two media, one a distinguished newspaper for more than 200 years and the other rather loud.
Nordjyske Medier newspaper has occupied the Danish territory of Nordjyske since 1781, making it a few years older than the United States Constitution. The media company’s radio group hasn’t been around quite as long -- a mere 30 years.
And yet, they both share one large media house in Aalborg, Denmark, thanks to ample soundproofing that separates the noisy business of radio from the quiet business of newspapers. Floating floors isolate Radio Nordjyske and its Top 40 station upstairs from the printing business downstairs, but – and here’s where the story gets interesting – the two are very much connected in their day-to-day operation.
Wheatstone Processing Videos (AirAura X4 Advances Discussed)
In January 2017, Jeff Keith sat down with Scott Fybush to talk all things processing. We shot video of the conversations and got some exceptional stuff. Learn about what it takes to provide modern, airwave-dominating clean sound that listeners rave about. Hint - there are some AirAura X4 spoilers here in video 3!
JEFF KEITH ON PROCESSING PART 1
Wheatstone's senior product design engineer for audio processing, Jeff Keith, talks to Scott Fybush about HD time alignment, which is important to broadcasters who use both FM and HD.
JEFF KEITH ON PROCESSING PART 2
Jeff Keith delves into some of the details and caveats regarding the use of FM HD time alignment, including how often and under what conditions correction should and should not be performed.
JEFF KEITH ON PROCESSING PART 3
Stepping away from the subject of time alignment for a moment, Jeff Keith talks to Scott Fybush about some of the more recent developments and updates concerning Wheatstone's 31-band limiter.cessor.
A Comparison of Wheatstone Television Audio Consoles
In this video series, Phil Owens takes Scott Fybush through each of the Wheatstone TV Audio consoles, explaining functionality and outlining similarities and differences.
PHIL OWENS ON DIMENSION THREE, PART 1
In part 1 of a two-part series, Scott Fybush talks to Wheatstone's Phil Owens about the Dimension Three TV audio console. Phil shows us the basics: source selection, mix-minuses, and the many audio tools available on the touch screens.
PHIL OWENS ON DIMENSION THREE, PART 2
In part 2 of this two-part series, Scott Fybush talks with Wheatstone's Phil Owens about some of the more advanced features of the Dimension Three television audio console. At the console, Phil walks us through the console's extensive metering, layering, and event recall capabilities.
PHIL OWENS ON IP-64
In this next installment of a series on Wheatstone's television audio console product line, Scott Fybush has Wheatstone's Phil Owens walk him through the advanced features of the IP-64, Wheatstone's highly sophisticated control surface with an all touchscreen meter bridge.
PHIL OWENS ON SERIES 4 AND SERIES 2
Continuing our series on the Wheatstone TV audio console line, we go to the very beginning, the Series Four. Scott Fybush talks with our own Phil Owens at the console and gets an introduction to this entry-level television audio console.
PHIL OWENS ON D8-EX
Concluding our series on Wheatstone's television audio consoles, in this video Scott Fybush takes a tour of the D-8EX console with Wheatstone's own Phil Owens. Phil describes the additional features available on this console as a step up from the Series Four.
Mix Your Television Remote Audio From Home
The days of schlepping tons of equipment around to various sporting venues are numbered, along with the associated travel and staffing issues, such as delayed flights, room cancellations, and all the rest that happen as a matter of routine during a remote broadcast.
Fiber optic and other high-speed communication links can now bring it all to your home studio where your production team can mix the game and get it out for broadcast almost as fast as it happens. No big anvil cases. No grumpy field engineers. Well, that last part isn’t entirely true – but the cost savings of mixing remote games from home certainly is.Read the Rest of the Story
When the Airport Bans Your Phone
By Dee McVicker
Did you know that along with knives and guns and bombs, you are no longer allowed to carry a Galaxy Note 7 phone on the airplane? The Note 7 is blacklisted by U.S. carriers. If you happen to make it past the TSA checkpoint and onto the plane with one in your pocket, you’ll be asked to hand it over to a flight attendant...
Something has gone terribly wrong with a product when it’s on the no-fly list.
Wheatstone Adds HD/FM Time Alignment to AirAura X3 Processor!
Wheatstone has announced that its top-of-the-line FM/HD processor, AirAura X3, is the first processor to accomplish off-air monitoring, measurement and real-time correction of HD diversity delay without requiring external gear. "In many stations, the FM processor provides the diversity delay and most FM processors can accept delay corrections from third-party outboard monitors. However, when the off-air monitoring, delay measurement and correction functions are all embedded within the processor itself, outboard gear is no longer required,” explains Jeff Keith, Wheatstone Senior Product Development Engineer.
QUALITY CONTROL: WHEATSTONE STYLE
It was another normal full-network test. As with every system we sell, we fully burn in and test it – every component, the way every component works with every other component, AND the way it all works with other gear in the customer's studios (via our ACI and, of course, AES67). For this system, commissioned by a Wheatstone customer, because it was so large, we decided to add even more to it and see if we could strain it. We are happy to say that it performed perfectly.
AND, there's an IP Radio link!
AUDIO IP AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT
That leaves the C train, which departs in five minutes but arrives nowhere near your destination. You could take a connecting train that will get you close, but that’s going to add more time onto your travels. What you’ve just experienced is a crisis in routing. When one route changes, whether due to track, train, studio or switch, there’s a delay or detour in traffic, be it packets or passengers. And that can never be good for broadcasters, who are easily the most punctual people on the planet, having spent years timing programming, newscasts and ads down to the second.
THE PROS GIVE VOXPRO A SPIN
Some years ago, something epic began happening with radio contest callers: They stopped asking if they were the “ninth caller;” they already had their radios turned down, and they were as tight in their responses as the jock was in his/her performance. Did their level of intellect or their performing chops suddenly improve overnight? Nope. Give credit where credit is due: Stations bought a VoxPro — the recorder/ editor for live on-air operation, designed in 1991 by Seattle personality Charlie Brown and distributed by Audion Labs.
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.
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.
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
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.
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? READ MORE
TAKING THE AURA8-IP BEYOND BROADCASTING
By Scott Johnson
When you think of Wheatstone processing, you naturally think of broadcasting. But if an audio engineer tucked an Aura8-IP under his arm and left the station, would he find other uses for it? The answer, I found out recently, is a resounding yes! READ MORE
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
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.
RADIO AUDIO CONSOLES
Wheatstone is all about radio. Cool consoles and mixers. Intelligent audio IP studio networking or TDM routing. 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.
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.