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> Hubbard Broadcasting, Phoenix, AZ

> Leighton Broadcast, St Cloud, MN

> CBS, Philadelphia, PA

> Xstudio, Sydney, Australia

> KEYT, Santa Barbara, CA

> Nativa 107 Brazil

> KUNA-FM-02, Palm Springs, CA

> RTE Pulse Ireland

> RTE Pulse Ireland

> TS-4H Talent Station

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You never know who you are going to run into - unless you are the Amazing Kreskin. Then I guess you know everything. Here he is with Jay Tyler at the recent Talkers Summit in beautiful NYC...

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by Floyd Turner, CBRE, CBNT

Like any technology, the world of radio broadcasting is in a constant evolution, and when you are a legacy radio station like WRAY in Princeton, Ind., with more than 60 years of continuous broadcasting operation, you’ve seen a world of change.

Vice President and General Manager Steve Lankford is the third generation to manage this AM-FM combo, and like his father and grandfather before him, he is committed to serving his community and the surrounding area as only live, local radio can do.

Download the PDF to read the entire story

Distortion, Phase Linearity, New Gear, and Power. Steve Dove Tells All.

At NAB 2017, Wheatstone's Minister of Algorithms, Steve Dove, delivered a fascinating lecture about the value of distortion in various audio processing applications. Scott Fybush caught up with Steve and Steve delivered a summary of what he talked about. Whatever you think, we think you'll be surprised... Lots of other fun topics, too!

Take An In-Depth Look at the LXE

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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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AoIP WANLive Production Over the Long Haul

If you are planning to go the “At-Home” or REMI route for live production, your long-haul connectivity options between the remote venue and the home studio include six basic technologies ranging from legacy ATM to the more popular MPLS and WAN IP options.

Here’s what you’ll need to know about each, according to Lon Neumann, Wheatstone Sales Engineer, who presented “Extending the IP Audio Network Across a WAN” at the recent NAB Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference.

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What Happens In Vegas...

…usually wins an award! At least that’s been our experience. This NAB convention, we topped our personal best with five Best of Show awards, three of them for our AirAura X4 audio processor alone.

Congratulations to our Wheatstone R&D team, for their forward-thinking and hard work. Only a select number of products are awarded “Best of Show” each year. The best of the best are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and awards are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency, and performance in serving the industry.

Our new AirAura X4 audio processor took home three 2017 Best of Show awards from Radio World, Radio magazine, and TV Technology. Our PR&E DMX console with AoIP took home a 2017 Best of Show Award from Radio World, and our VoxPro 7 digital audio recorder/editor won a 2017 Best of Show award by Radio World.

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Video Interviews from NAB 2017

Scott Fybush, at NAB 2017, interviewed a slew of people from around the industry. Absolutely great stuff here. If you watch nothing else, watch the Scottie Rice interview...

Audio Processing...Making Smart Choices

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One thing we’ve learned about audio processors from watching horror flicks is that it’s never a good idea to approach a problem with whatever stick or rock or pipe that happens to be lying around at the moment.

Whacking Freddy Krueger with a metal pipe just seems to make him madder.

You need to choose your weapons carefully, and that’s how Wheatstone approaches audio processing too. It pays to use the right amount of processing as needed.

The problem is determining the “as needed” part, something that requires real-time adjustments throughout the processing chain. So while we know that AGC generally comes before compression and compression before limiting, what we don’t often know is the optimum amount and type of processing needed through each one of these links. We’re stuck with whatever stick or rock or pipe that happens to be lying around at the moment.

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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!

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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.

Wheatstone Processing Videos - Mike Erickson's Take

In January 2017, Mike Erickson sat down with Scott Fybush to talk all things processing. We shot video of the conversations and got some exceptional stuff. You may not know this about Mike, but in addition to his golden ears, he's got some pretty strong opinions about processing. Hearing them just may change the way you think about it...

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MIKE ERICKSON ON VOICE/MIC PROCESSING PART 1
Scott Fybush and Wheatstone's Mike Erickson sit down to talk about the complex topic of processing microphone audio in the broadcast environment.

MIKE ERICKSON ON VOICE/MIC PROCESSING PART 2
In Part 2 of a three-part series on microphone audio processing, Scott Fybush seeks the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the art, and how Wheatstone's processors can help advance it.

MIKE ERICKSON ON VOICE/MIC PROCESSING PART 3
In the final part of a three-part series, Wheatstone's Mike Erickson talks to Scott Fybush about the M4-IP, a BLADE-based standalone processor, and some of the ways it can be used in both a networked facility AND as a standalone mic preamp and processor.


MIKE ERICKSON ON ON AIR PROCESSING PART 1
Scott Fybush talks with Wheatstone's resident processing expert, Mike Erickson, about the basics of on-air audio processing. This is the first of a seven-part series.

MIKE ERICKSON ON ON AIR PROCESSING PART 2
Scott Fybush asks Mike Erickson, Wheatstone processing expert, about what matters in selecting an on-air processor. Along the way, we get a quick introduction to Wheatstone's processor line.

MIKE ERICKSON ON ON AIR PROCESSING PART 3
Scott Fybush and Mike Erickson talk specifics about on-air audio processing, including a demystification of the 31-band limiter pioneered by Wheatstone.r.

MIKE ERICKSON ON ON AIR PROCESSING PART 4
Wheatstone's Mike Erickson talks with Scott Fybush about the connectivity options for on-air processing -- where does the processor go, and how does it tie in?

MIKE ERICKSON ON ON AIR PROCESSING PART 5
Scott Fybush talks to Mike Erickson about processing audio for multiple platforms, and meeting listener and management expectations for loudness.

MIKE ERICKSON ON ON AIR PROCESSING PART 6
Scott Fybush talks to Wheatstone's Mike Erickson about the advantages of newer digital audio processors over the older analog technology.

MIKE ERICKSON ON ON AIR PROCESSING PART 7
Scott Fybush and Wheatstone processing expert Mike Erickson wrap up their talk about on-air audio processing by discussing the needs of AM radio.


MIKE ERICKSON ON STREAMING PROCESSING PART 1
Scott Fybush talks to Wheatstone's Mike Erickson about some of the challenges of processing audio intended for streaming. It's not the same as processing for FM broadcast, for sure.

MIKE ERICKSON ON STREAMING PROCESSING PART 2
Scott Fybush talks to Mike Erickson about processing audio for multiple platforms, and techniques for achieving pleasing sound in these environments.

Audio Services Network for Television - Erik Utter & Scott Fybush

At NAB 2017, Scott Fybush talked with Erik Utter about the myriad advantages and audio services network, such as WheatNet-IP, can make to virtually every workflow - from At-Home/Remote to multi-studio systems, to visual radio, to automation - across the board. Fascinating conversation...

Meet the New Wheatstone & PR&E Gear for 2017!

NEW FOR 2017:
AIRAURA X4: MAKE RADIO SOUND A WHOLE LOT BETTER

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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

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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.

NEW FOR 2017: VOXPRO 7: A WHOLE LOTTA MORE

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  • 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
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NEW FOR 2017: PR&E GETS A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE

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DMX ENGINE FRONT 041917The 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.

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ARTICLES OF INTEREST:

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

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? 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


IN DEPTH: THE NETWORK EDGE


left aligned image 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.

Click here for the Network Edge product page.

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