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Audioarts Engineering

Need a small digital mixer for a big job? Or an IP console that will get you started in AoIP networking? Audioarts Engineering is the rock star of affordable mixers and consoles for production, news, podcating, LPFM or web radio – or any combination of these -- because we make them compact, straightforward, and robust. Audioarts consoles and mixers are Wheatstone’s most prolific brand, owing their popularity to their small build and durable construction (no cheap switches for us). Anyone who has listened to radio for any length of time has no doubt heard an Audioarts radio console in action. That's how pervasive and powerful this product line is.

Audio Performance Testing on the Cheap

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There’s nothing like a little audio performance testing to cap off a hectic week at the station, especially if you don’t have to haul out the heavy (read “expensive”) equipment to do it.

There are two main things I like to test: the flatness of the frequency response and the distortion added by equipment in the air chain. For this, you’ll need clean test signals, and a way to measure those signals after they’ve passed through the air chain.

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When Radio Is Your Hobby

defelice-photo 1064After talking with radio hobbyist Bill DeFelice, we’re convinced that deep down inside all of us is a radio station wanting to get out. Maybe that’s why we jack up our stereo systems, have tuning forks for ears, and, for some of us anyway, make broadcast equipment.

Most of us fell in love with radio at a young age. For Bill, it started with his school’s 330 watt FM (WMNR-FM, 88.1 MHz), where he ended up being the CE most of his high school years. He then went on to engineer a variety of stations, from a 1000 watt AM daytimer to a 50 kW FM blowtorch, before his current gig as IT support technologist for the Norwalk Connecticut Public Schools, where he was recruited to build a Part 15 AM and FM station as part of a high school renovation project. Bill is an SBE certified audio and video engineer. In addition to his day job and the occasional broadcast engineering contract on the side, Bill runs a Part 15 deep oldies station from his home that “gets down to the bakery.” He also runs the hobbybroadcaster.net website and forum where other like-minded radio hobbyists share stories and tips. He talked to us two days before College Radio Day about Part 15ers, LPFM and radio in general.

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LPFM: Better AND More Affordable

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The LPFM studio you build today will be better and more affordable than the one you might have sketched out on a yellow legal pad back in the early '00s.

For one thing, professional broadcast consoles are more compact and better equipped. Our Air-1 fits anywhere your laptop does, for example, and has USB to boot so you can plug it into your laptop for scheduling, storing and creating content. It's got everything most LPFM studios need: two mic inputs and six stereo inputs plus all the necessary metering, busses and preamps. If you need a little more, like dual A/B source switching and call-in phone support, you can always step up to our compact, yet powerful Air-4 console for not much more.

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Video: Setting Up the IP-12

Just how easy is it to set up a typical Wheatstone AoIP console? Wonder no more. In this series of videos, Jay Tyler takes you through the whole process of unboxing and setting up an IP-12 in surprisingly little time!

Here's part one: Unboxing.

SEE ADDITIONAL VIDEO SEGMENTS...


Part 2: Cabling Up and Powering Up


Part 3: Configuring and Getting Audio


Part 4: Interfacing Details


MORE SEGMENTS ON THE WAY SOON!

What the #@& is Cable Certification?

Fluke And CableWe often use the term “certification testing” when referring to cable used in audio networks. But if a person didn’t know better, they’d think we were talking about guys in white lab coats running around with clipboards.

Hardly.

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A Look Back: Audioarts Enters the Broadcast Field

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

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We asked some of our folks to go on camera and simply talk to each other. We think you'll like what they had to say... unrehearsed and unscripted.

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KBEM Rethinks Facility with WheatNet-IP

KBEMHUDMichael Jamnick tells the story of revitalizing KBEM using WheatNet-IP AoIP networking technology. 

Writing in the August 2014 issue of Radio magazine, Jamnick tells of his challenges when taking over as engineer of the station as, along with station management, he began to rethink the technical plant. A reprint can be downloaded at this link, courtesy of Radio magazine.

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Radio That Can ... And Did

Prayz5 420Meet Prayz Network, the little Christian network that could. Prayz Network started in 2011 with WTPN-FM in Westby, Wisconsin. Soon, it added a translator to get into nearby La Crosse, and within a year, added WEQS-FM in Sparta, Wisconsin.

This month, the little network that began on little more than a wing and prayer added its fourth, network affiliate WWJC-FM licensed to Augusta, Wisconsin, and will be covering the I-94/I-90 corridor from Eau Claire to La Crosse.

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Miking Players on the Sports Field

Football 420Dan Daley, who covers sports and audio production for the industry, tipped us off to a new technique for capturing audio during live sporting events.

“They (NFL) experimented with placing wireless lavaliers on different player positions, so what you’re hearing now is the mic placed on the back of the center and that signal is sent to the console that is controlled by the NFL, which opens the fader on that microphone at a preset number of seconds before the snap and closes it a preset number of seconds after the snap. We’re getting some really great audio from the field as a result and I think the NFL experience is making everyone else look at it.”

Multimedia Madness

CameraLensWNIP 420If you wanted to mess with cameras all day you wouldn’t have gone into radio, right?

It’s not just YouTube, either. Or the website that needs a continual stream of video and audio, or the photo bombs that are going off all day, every day. Or even that the morning guys are running all over town with a microphone and a camera.

It’s that multimedia is such a huge production now, and it’s beginning to get in the way of that other major production: radio. “We’ve got cameras and streaming wares and everybody (in the studio) has something in front of them, laptops and tablets and iPads. Multimedia doesn’t even begin to describe it,” says Mike Maciejewski, who is the engineer in charge of Townsquare’s five-station cluster in Grand Rapids, Michigan, home of nationally syndicated morning show Free Beer & Hot Wings.

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Something New is in (on) the Air

FM55andCat 420If the station across town suddenly starts to blow everyone else off the dial, blame it on the new FM-55 audio processor. We let the cat out of the bag a few weeks ago, and there’s no putting it back.

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Splitting Hairs and Consoles

SplitLX24 420Only in Switzerland would they think to split our flagship LX-24 control surface in two, build the two halves into slick looking furniture with LED illuminated edges, and electronically raise and lower the desk as needed. Read on.

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Sneaky Points of Failure

WheatNet IP Flowchart 420Let’s hope that your disaster recovery plans go a lot smoother than the evacuation plans we’ve seen for some cities. Here are a few sneaky single points of failure you could be overlooking.

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New Wheatstone Gear In New Zealand

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MORE FM in New Zealand had  to completely rebuild their studios after a devastating earthquake. We'll have a complete story on the rebuild soon. 

In the meantime, Simon Barnett sent along this video, shot in their new studios, when our own Jay Tyler was there recently.

Here's Simon talking about their new gear.

3 Ways to Extend your IP Audio Network

WheatNetExtendYourNetwork 420Thinking about extending your IP audio network beyond the studio walls? It just so happens that the gigabit switches most stations use for our WheatNet-IP audio system are equipped with a fiber port. It’s then a simple matter of running a fiber optic cable between the GBIC port in your core or edge switch and the GBIC port in a remote switch for extending the network. For more information on this or extending the network using codec over Internet or with wireless IP radios, click here.

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