Who is Wheatstone?

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Audio mixing consoles/surfaces. IP routing and control. Audio processors. Digital editing tools.

Wheatstone's products and studio systems are designed and built specifically for the demands of broadcasting. They cover a range from smaller single-station studios to large multi-studio, multi-station complexes with a million cross-points and dozens of mixers, talent stations, and elements connected across a region.

Wheatstone at Trade Shows and Meetings in 2019

Wheatstone attends many trade shows and meetings around the world every year. Here's where you'll be able to find us:

European Radio Show: Jan 24-26 - Paris, France

SCBA Winter Conference: Jan 31 - Columbia, SC

MSBC: March 15 - Atlanta, GA

NRB: Mar 26-29 - Anaheim, CA

NAB Spring Show: Apr 8-11 - Las Vegas, NV

LAB/MAB: May 29-30 - New Orleans, LA

SMPTE Australia: Jul 16-19 - Sydney, Australia 

MediaTech Africa: Jul 17-19 - Johannesburg, South Africa

Texas Association of Broadcasters: Aug 7-8 - Austin, Texas

SET Expo: Aug 26 - Sao Paulo, Brazil

AMITRA: Aug 22-25 - Acapulco, Mexico

CCBE: Sep 26-29 - Toronto, Canada

IBC: Sep 13-17 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

NAB Radio: Sep 24-27 - Dallas, Texas

Media Resource Expo: Oct 1 - Boston, Massachusetts

WISCONSIN WBA Clinic: Oct 15-17 - Madison, Wisconsin 

NAB-NY: Oct 16-17 - New York City 

ABA Convention: November 14-15 - Anchorage, Alaska

WABE Annual Conference: Nov 3-5 - Calgary, Canada

KPB: Nov 10 - Philippines

Sound Check: Dan Patrick’s Mancave

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“Danette” Seton’s work space with the LXE three-fader wedge on the left and Prophet Systems’ screen in the middle left, next to the WheatNet-IP audio network control screen in the middle, right. Through the window is Dan Patrick’s announcer station and in a separate studio through a door off to the left is the LXE console used by “Two-A-Days” for live production.  

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By Dee McVicker

Jim Hibbard is as close as this industry gets to a studio whisperer. So, when he told me about the latest Mancave for The Dan Patrick Show, I wondered how he handled the inevitable noise rattling around inside and outside that big space. 

Built into a 18,000-square-foot warehouse, the new Mancave for Dan Patrick’s syndicated show happens to be situated next to not only a Milford, Connecticut, fire station but an AM tower as well. 

This is the latest Mancave for Patrick, where he conducts a live radio and television broadcast every weekday; the show is switched and uplinked in Los Angeles with radio syndication on the Premiere network. It is easily the coolest studio in sports media today with a football field, ping pong table, basketball court, putting green and a $150,000 golf simulator. 

It’s also one of our more impressive WheatNet-IP audio networked studios in action, with “Two-A-Days” producing and mixing the show on our LXE console surface in a side studio and one of the “Danettes” adding local playbacks, bumpers, and sounders from an LXE Wedge next door as an extension of the board, complete with mirrored faders between the two. 

But, was Jim able to get a decent sound from this big, cavernous space? 

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Audio Processing Tips from the Lab

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Let's Talk Clippers

Clipping can be like hot sauce. You want just enough to get the job done and not a smidge more. One of the main reasons why processors can’t push the clipper harder is because of the pre-emphasized higher end frequencies. At 15kHz, you have seven times the energy than at 400Hz, which clippers can turn into intermodulation distortion that comes out sounding “spitty” if pushed too hard. This is exacerbated by the limiting stage that precedes clipping. 

Solving the limitations of FM clipping on pre-emphasized content has long been viewed as the critical stage in the audio processor that can finally break through the “sound barrier”  or, that barrier to dynamic, robust audio programming (read clean and loud). We’ve spent a lot of time in our audio processing lab (and even more time in our home labs and in the field) experimenting with different FM clipper techniques, and each new processor we design gets progressively better. Our new X5 FM/HD audio processor effectively breaks that sound barrier with an innovative approach we call the LIMITLESS  Clipper, a high-frequency distortion canceling technology that passes the highs without the spit. Pass the hot sauce, please. 

This tip is brought to you from the Wheatstone Lab by Jeff Keith, CPBE, NCE, Senior Product Development Engineer and Mike Erickson, audio processing field engineer. The Wheatstone Lab has a wide range of music and program content sources that can be routed through more than 37 audio processors, ranging from early vintage 1970s models to the very latest FM audio processor (our X5), plus a half-dozen microphones, three transmitters, and audio display monitors of all types.

Fresh Wheat

At NAB 2019, Wheatstone introduced ten new products. Click below to learn about each.

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Where Scripters Meet

Are you a ScreenBuilder or ConsoleBuilder power user? Register and log onto our Scripters Forum. This is a new meeting place for anyone interested in developing new screens and workflows for our WheatNet-IP audio network. Share scripts, screen shots and ideas with others also developing virtual news desks, control panels, and signal monitors.

You’ll find documents, starter scripts and a whole knowledge base available to you for making customized screens like those pictured.

Click to register for our Scripters Forum (it's free)

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Video Check-Ins from NAB 2019

Here are three videos where clients stepped into our booth at NAB to share with us what they've been up to. 

RADIO DNA's Rob Goldberg

Radio DNA's Rob Goldberg talks with Scott Fybush about the WTOP project (see below) and other work he's been doing recently at NAB 2019.

Pacific Mobile Recorders Studio Builders' Jim Hibbard

Jim Hibbard brings you up to date on some fascinating and original use of WheatNet-IP on The Dan Patrick show.

WHIZ's Kevin Buente

Chief engineer Kevin Buente talks with Scott Fybush about how they are using virtual and cloud technology with their radio and TV stations.

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RADIO AUDIO CONSOLES

Wheatstone is all about radio. Cool consoles and mixers. Intelligent audio IP studio networking and routing. PR&E Consoles. VoxPro recording and editing. AM and FM on-air processors that rock both loud AND clean.

TV AUDIO CONSOLES

When you think of TV audio, you think of Wheatstone. Our consoles are the control centers for the finest facilities in the world. WheatNet-IP audio networking is becoming THE standard for interconnect.

AUDIO PROCESSING

Only Wheatstone offers processors with the surgical precision of 31-band processing! Sound shaping for FM, AM, HD, television, webcasting, podcasting, mastering or live audio.

VOXPRO AUDIO RECORDER & EDITOR

For live, on-air recording and real-time editing, there's no better solution than VoxPro.

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