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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.

Wheatstone Takes Five Industry Awards at NAB 2014!

Five Awards!

Wheatstone introduced some exciting new products at NAB 2014, and it appears that the industry noticed! Wheatstone was presented with an unprecedented five Best of Show awards for its BLADE 3, L-12, SG-192, Dimension Three, and Series Four products.

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First Photos of D-76!

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Just finished and arrived in Las Vegas for the NAB show, the new D-76 is a complete re-do of the venerable D-75. There's even a module that makes it WheatNet-IP compatible! Got a D-75? Don't worry, we've made the module work with that, too!

Wheatstone Partners and the Automation Control Interface

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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.

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What You Might Not Know About Wheatstone

2001 D51In 2001, we were accused of capturing the Starship Enterprise and turning it into our D-5.1 TV audio console. This console won all the awards at the show that year. It’s now the console of choice for a lot of broadcasters, including a certain professional football films company.

Here's more background on the history of Wheatstone.

Studio Guide for LPFMers

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What type of mics should you get? What about source gear? Headphones? The console? It’s all right here in Wheatstone’s LPFM equipment guide.

You can download the guide from our web site at this link:

icon Wheatstone/Audioarts LPFM Equipment Guide (2.16 MB 2014-03-18 12:46:09)

 

LPFM Coming Up

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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.

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Live and Local: Jammin' in the Studio

DolbyStory420It happens. And when it does, “It’s kind of a pain…but worth it,” said Robbie Green, regional engineer for Cumulus, Texas, referring to the time Thomas Dolby stopped in at KHJK-FM 103.7 in Houston with his keyboard in tow.

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Live Mixing Tips For Your Studio Gig

Live MixingIt’s show time. The country, rock or jazz band is in Studio A or B or wherever you could manage to put them for the time being, and you’ve somehow ended up behind the mixer with a “kick me” sign on your backside, or so it seems.

Steve Dove has been there.

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Time Lapse of Complete Studio Install

AgileInstall420Here's an excellent time-lapse video of the installation of new studios at SYN (Student Youth Network) in Melbourne, Australia! Those consoles are Audioarts IP-12 control surfaces, networked via Wheatstone's WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network. The installation was managed by Wheatstone's Australian dealer, Agile Broadcast.

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Apps for Your Smartphone or Tablet

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To kick off the New Year, we asked our engineers to suggest some of the cool apps they use on their smartphones and tablets. Here are a few.

AudioTools is a very capable audio generator/analyzer app for iOS devices. The basic version includes a sound level meter, audio generator with white/pink noise, real-time analyzer, level meter, oscilloscope, and speaker polarity tester. Paid upgrades will get you even fancier and more sophisticated testing tools like an impulse response analyzer and a distortion analyzer. A hardware interface is available but not required.

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All-Around IP-12 Console Comes in a 16-Fader Frame

IP16 HEADONFour more channels added to our all-around IP-12 networked console nets you a bigger console at a price that's affordable. Enter the new IP16 control surface for your WheatNet-IP network.

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Budgeting for the Good Stuff

WheatBudgetImageIt's that time of year again when broadcasters everywhere are working the budgets...we have a few suggestions.

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Consoles and the Human Factor - Part 2

ChoosingAConsole2 420A good console is not just about networking. Or it shouldn't be, anyway. The last we checked, board ops still have two hands, five fingers each. And in the case of radio, they're still entertainers and not about to win any engineering awards soon. Your next radio console has about 30 seconds to get that right. Maybe less.

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Some Say AES67 Doesn't Go Far Enough

AES67 ImageWe knew we'd get the question and we did, just hours after AES67 was ratified. A few of our more astute broadcast customers asked the obvious: Why should they be concerned about interoperability standards when their WheatNet-IP audio-over-IP system is a virtual ecosystem extending from one end of his studio facility to the other, including all elements, I/O, automation and studio control?

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What You Need To Know About Today's Radio Consoles - Part 1

ChoosingAConsoleStory420We know plenty of broadcasters who have nicknames for their consoles. You might be one of them, in which case you won’t hear any comments from us. What you call your board is your business.

We just hope that you keep it respectable.

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Simple Maintenance Tips for Consoles

GreenieIt’s easy to make the assumption that consoles won’t last as long as they used to. But you’d be wrong. There’s a whole lot of staying power in our consoles, even our smallest one, the Air-1. “It’s a false economy to assume that console manufacturers took the longevity out of the control surface because there’s no audio on the board (it is now in the network), at least from a Wheatstone perspective,” said Brad Harrison, citing that the first generation of Wheatstone consoles is still in existence well over 10 years later.

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