TV Audio Consoles

IP & TDM Networking

New For 2014

Wheatstone for TV

We get it. You don’t want to mess around with all those channels of audio that need to be routed, mixed, edited and made to sound natural and seamless with what’s happening on video. All of which can be especially frustrating now that 5.1 surround is added to the mix. That’s why we have eliminated all the inefficiency and bloat from TV audio production. Wheatstone has a Network First approach that you’ll like – a lot. We’ve moved everything routing and logic related to the network and replaced that gargantuan console with a much more efficient, compact network console. We’re talking unrestricted routing and unrestricted access just below the surface, but with everything you need above the surface to do it all, and do it fast.

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.

 

  

 

Shop Talk with Ross Video

Jeff-Moore 420It started long before all that gear came together to form the totality of your news studio or production truck. Broadcast equipment manufacturers often get together to exchange ideas, share stories, and discuss the ins and outs of the industry and the latest technology. Here, we check in with fellow manufacturer Jeff Moore, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of Ross Video, to talk about 4K, IP video, and the World Cup.

 

WS: Everyone has been following the World Cup to see who wins, but I understand that Ross Video has another reason to follow the World Cup.  

JM: That’s right. We have some 4K equipment at World Cup that is being used by Globo TV. It’s one of the first 4K productions being done, and it’s pretty cool. We have a couple of products we’ve deployed in that installation, and it’s fairly exotic. We’re still at the bleeding edge for 4K, but we believe that, ultimately, the industry will get there.

WS: I think most broadcast manufacturers are preparing for the eventuality of 4K. We certainly are as a television audio console manufacturer with a large installed base of television stations and sports networks.  Where do you think we’re at with 4K as an industry?

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Audio for TV Console Life Expectancy

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In this video, Our TV guys, Phil, Brad, and Paul, discuss the changing meaning of life and longevity for TV audio consoles.

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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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Wheatstone Inside The Idea Factory Videos

Meet John Terrey

TerreyEdit 420“If you look at the workflows in television right now, everything is going file-based and IP. Once you capture it on camera and mic and mix it through a board, it is transported as digital content.

This is creating tremendous opportunities for simplification of the broadcast chain and for transporting the content within a broadcast facility as well as in mobile production. In the end, it all comes down to networking.”

- John Terrey, new sales engineer in charge of Wheatstone’s line of TV audio consoles and network routing systems. John joins Wheatstone with more than 30 years’ experience in the broadcast industry, having worked in a variety of segments, from test and measurement to live production, post-production and transmission.

Audio Changes In Music & Television...

BobMosesALT 420We asked AES Executive Director Bob Moses about the similarities between the changes happening in music and television today. “There are definite parallels between the two. 

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TV Networking. The One Constant.

TV Networking 420We opened up our browsers today and saw the latest news on IP video, Ultra HD and the Aereo lawsuit.

And that’s when it hit us.

We don’t know if Aereo will prevail or what, if any, affect the resulting Supreme Court decision will have on television broadcasters and cable operators. We can’t tell you whether the UHF band will be auctioned off to wireless carriers, or if ATSC 3.0 will be used to scale up to 4K or 8K or any K beyond that.

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NEW! TLC-100 Loudness Controller

WheatstoneTLM 100 LoudnessController 420Our new TLC-100 loudness controller processes up to 16 audio channels for attenuating blaring commercials, live announcer feeds and other sources upon ingest -- plus interfaces directly into your WheatNet-IP for audio I/O through the network. The TLC-100 applies multiband/multistage loudness control and proven Vorsis processing for smoothing out audio levels. As a member of the WNIP family of BLADEs, the TLC-100 is AES67 compatible and includes GPI/O alarms and control.

Wheatstone Introduces Dimension Three

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It’s the best of all worlds. Easy I/O layering and profiling of channels into any configuration on the surface. Plus, unlimited access to sources at any time, from anywhere and in just about any format from the network. It’s our new Dimension Three large-format television audio console. We’ve put mixing, I/O and processing where a modern IT network puts them: in distributed network I/O units unrestricted by tight spaces and limited access. And, we’ve included everything you need on the surface, right down to USB interfaces on the meter bridge so freelancers can bring in their USB Flash drives week after week or show after show for instant recall of console settings, configurations and layering preferences -- plus, audio files for the built-in audio clip player. We think our sleek new console looks pretty hot, too.

See Dimension Three Product Page

Meet Series Four

NAB SERIES FOUR 350This entry-level professional console is made to work with today’s production automation systems, yet has all the important broadcast-specific features, such as automatic studio muting, machine control logic, 5.1 surround capability, balanced or unbalanced AES inputs, router integration, and flexible monitoring capability.

See Series Four Product Page

 

Wheatstone Takes Five Industry Awards at NAB 2014!

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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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From NAB 2014: New TV Products

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In this video, shot in our booth on the show floor at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, Wheatstone's Phil Owens walks you through two of Wheatstone's new television audio consoles: The Dimension Three and the Series Four.

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Super Super Bowl

SuperbowlStory420For the past five years, The Dan Patrick Show, a national radio show that broadcasts Monday through Friday on more than 350 U.S. affiliates, and as a TV show (of the radio show) on NBC Sports Network and DirecTV’s Audience Network, has taken the show on the road for Super Bowl Week.

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Wheatstone at NY1 News, NYC!

D-8EX Television_Audio_Console_-_detail_viewKristopher Kelly of NY1 News in New York describes how the Wheatstone D-8 TV Audio Console was a perfect fit for their control room refit!

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TV Sound Bite

DimensionTwo Detail_1400Here's a brainteaser for you. What two networks work with our new Dimension Two television audio console for moving anything not essential to your task at hand off the surface to where it can be shared and accessed on command?

  • A: International Network of Golf and SETI@home
  • B: Facebook and Twitter
  • C: TDM and audio over IP, giving you a foothold in the cool new world of IP yet keeping both feet firmly planted in the TDM world you know.

The correct answer is C. Our dual network approach lets you take advantage of what's new in IP without you having to give up your existing TDM infrastructure, plus frees up your work surface so you can do your best work yet. Download a spiffy new brochure on our Dimension Two audio console for answers to all your questions about networking, surround sound, and producing great audio on the fly.

Sizing Up (or Down) TV Audio

SizingTV UPPhil Owens remembers the days not so long ago when getting a television audio console into the studio meant taking a window out, cutting holes in walls, even getting a crane to lift the behemoth thing through a window. Now, "I've had guys tell me that the hardest part of putting in one of our digital audio consoles is taking the old one out," he said.

It's understandable then that a trend we've started to call Big Console/Little Console is a laughable concept to Owens, one of our sales engineers who rightly insists that today's digital console is anything but "big."

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