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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.

Wheatstone Holiday Video Greeting

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It's that time of year again, and with the winter chill comes the warmth of our now-traditional Wheatstone video greeting card. (I must say that Mike Harris and the surface-mount department have absolutely stolen the show this year!) From our Wheatstone family to yours, we'd like to wish you peace and joy this holiday season, and a very happy and prosperous 2015.

 

 

 

Live and Vocal Part One: First, Get It Sounding Right

by Steve Dove
Wheatstone Minister of Algorithms

Steve DoveThere's a big difference between what it takes to get live voice straight to air, and what the sound engineer needs to do for audio that will be post-produced. In the latter case, it’s always a good idea to just concentrate on getting it all down cleanly with good consistent levels and minimal processing. The boys in post-production will definitely not thank you if they have to try and unwind heavy EQ you wound in, or deal with irreversible deep compression.

First, go into the studio and hear what they actually sound like, both their normal conversational voices and their "on" persona. This is your target, not some arbitrary notion of what they ought to sound like.

Microphone techniques in TV are, charitably, non-optimal and driven by the visuals. Now, tie-clip mics actually sound a lot better than we have a right to expect but they are (usually) omnidirectional, poorly located on the chest, tend to hear a lot we rather they didn't, and what they do hear is colored. Over the years the mic manufacturers have attempted to mitigate their shortcomings, but there's still work you can do with tools to hand. A modern digital TV audio console such as a Wheatstone console has all the necessary audio tools on board, equal to or superior to those found in the best recording plug-ins and the like. They're there for good reason, so let’s get started.

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Live and Vocal Part Two: Now, Get It Sounding Great

by Steve Dove
Wheatstone Minister of Algorithms

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The most basic, and arguably the most powerful, tool for getting vocals to sound good is equalization. It has two primary uses, to correct for errors or for artistic effect. Compression and limiting also can be useful for adjusting vocals, as I cover in some detail below.

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It’s a MAD, MAD, MADI World

MADI MADI MADI WORLD 350Among its many uses, MADI can act as a common transport mechanism between two systems that use different native formats. We have a MADI interface that seamlessly integrates the WheatNet-IP audio network into an existing Wheatstone TDM router system so you can have the best of all worlds!

Who can tell us what MADI stands for? Anyone?

We hear crickets...

But, don’t lose track of how useful MADI can be to broadcasters. The list is fairly long, and getting longer. After all, there are very few alternatives for sending up to 64 channels of digital audio (48kHz sample) over one 75-ohm coaxial cable. Not only does this digital audio routing standard by AES make it possible to send a lot of channels through hundreds of feet of cable, it delivers lossless audio through all those channels. That lends itself to some practical applications.

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Quick Stop at WXXI

Web WXXI_TV_SUB_PRODUCTION_ROOM_2560-v2From time to time we check in with our customers to see how things are going. This month, we found the folks at WXXI AM/FM/TV in good spirits and busier than ever.

Kent Hatfield in charge of audio operations for WXXI television and radio showed us around the facility, which has clearly seen a lot of changes since the Rochester, New York, pubcaster set up shop with ten Wheatstone D-9 and G series consoles networked into a Wheatstone TDM system 12 years ago.

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Dimension 3 Wins News Technology Award

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NEWS TECH_AWARD_LOGOWheatstone Corporation has been named a winner of NewBay Media's "News Technology Award" for our Dimension Three television audio console. The ten winners of this year's award were announced on October 9, 2014 at the News Technology Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, presented by TV Technology and Broadcasting and Cable magazines.

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Finally, Audio Syncs In

GerritWell, look at that. Just when you thought audio and video couldn’t be more out of sync, you meet someone like Gerrit Bulten of Burst Video, The Netherlands.

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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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SBE’s Snelson on TV in an IT World

JoeSnelsonCropWe called up Joe Snelson to congratulate him on his recent re-election as the president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and to talk about 4K, file-based IP video, and the state of broadcasting in general. In addition to his role as president of SBE, Joe is the Vice President of Engineering for Meredith. 

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POWERHOUSE! Gibraltar Network Rocks!

GibraltarNetworkCageFront 420Plug into the most prolific studio routing and audio infrastructure out there. More ultra-professional installations are done in broadcast radio and television using Wheatstone’s Gibraltar Network than any other. And, for good reason. It’s absolutely rock-solid with minimum fuss. Choose from Gibraltar Network’s family of television audio and radio control surfaces and mix and match I/O cards for a custom system that includes all routing in one cage or several remote satellite cages connected via CAT6 or fiber-optic links.

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COMPACT I/O DYNAMO! SR-8...

SR8-FRONT-420The SR-8 is the answer to your Gibraltar Network access needs in places where a Gibraltar I/O frame won't fit or isn't needed. Providing local I/O on XLR connectors in a single rack space configuration, the SR-8 is ideal for studio, booth, or stage.

Multimedia Madness

FreeBeerAndWIngsphoto 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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The Wheatstone Development Process

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Hardware engineer Dave Breithaupt kicks off a discussion with Jay Tyler and Andy Calvanese about the development process. It takes surprisingly little time for an idea to become a product at Wheatstone, thanks to the "tool box" we've developed over our 35+ years in the audio business.

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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

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.”

 

New Wheatstone Gear In New Zealand

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Popular national radio and TV personality Simon Barnett with 92 More FM in Christchurch says he's "twice the announcer" at the controls of his new LX-24 control surface, which was installed as part of a new studio after an earthquake shook things up in New Zealand.

 

 

   

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