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TWiRT 353 - The Beauty and Value of a Bird's Eye View

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jun 23, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems or “drones” are quickly getting popular with broadcast engineers and consultants.  A bird’s eye view can help us better visualize our antenna systems, plus there’s real value in catching visible problems before sending a tower crew to troubleshoot.

Chris and Kirk show video examples of aerial tower shots, plus Chris describes bringing Internet access to a Boy Scout camp in New York State.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

Axia on a Roll in the Twin Cities

Posted by Tom Vernon on Jun 21, 2017 12:00:00 PM

You can't take your Axia studio with you. Or can you? Some would say no, but Steve Smit, Director of Engineering for Salem Media's Twin Cities operation figured out a way to do just that, and it has made his job a lot easier. In the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, Salem Media operates five stations AM 1280 The Patriot, AM 980 The Mission, AM 1440 KYCR Wall Street Radio Network, The Fish Twin Cities, and Wellness Radio 1570. One station was recently added, and studio renovation/construction projects are ongoing. There needed to be an oasis of order in the midst of the temporary chaos that accompanies any studio rehab.

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Topics: Axia Audio, broadcast audio consoles

Meet Warrick Marais: Audio Processing Expert

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Jun 21, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Warrick Marais is the new in-house Broadcast Engineer specializing in audio processing with our friends at New Zealand-based AVC Group, a major Telos Alliance dealer across the South Pacific, India, the Middle East, and beyond. Warrick’s background runs the gamut of audio, from audio production in the pro audio arena and film, to audio processing for radio and television, to live performance audio. So when AVC was looking for someone with a high level of expertise in the realm of audio, the range of experience Warrick brings to the table–not to mention his familiarity with AVC from past work–made him the ideal choice.

We sat down with Warrick recently for some insight into his wide-ranging career, and his thoughts on the different aspects of working in the audio industry.

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Topics: Audio Engineering, Audio Processing, Audio Production

Omnia VOLT Hits the Airwaves in Scranton

Posted by Denny Sanders on Jun 14, 2017 12:30:00 PM

By now you've surely heard about VOLT, the new processor from Omnia Audio that shares lineage with the Omnia.11, features Frank Foti's latest clipper, and includes a plethora of features to help your station get amazing sound, all with a slick new one rack unit box. So what do broadcasters have to say about this impressive new processing package? Since becoming one of the first to take VOLT to the airwaves, Entercom Scranton Chief Engineer Ted Alexander, Jr. gave Denny Sanders his personal review.

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Topics: Omnia Audio, Audio Processing, Broadcast

John Vassos: Celebrating a Visionary Broadcast Industrial Designer

Posted by Denny Sanders on Jun 14, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Of all of the legendary inidividuals associated with the broadcast and music industries in the United States, there is probably no one more responsible for the advancements in broadcast industrial design, audio and video consumer good design, and the look and feel of transmission equipment and broadcast facilities in general than John Vassos.

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Topics: Broadcast History, john vassos

TWiRT 352 - Streaming Challenges & Solutions with Matt Kellogg

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jun 9, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Streaming audio is bringing a whole new lexicon - geo-targeting, geo-fencing, interstitials, pre-rolls, adaptive bit-rates, video, and virtualization. Matt Kellogg - a guy with a solid radio background - joins us from StreamGuys to sort it all out.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

Omnia.9sg Gets Major, Free Update that Makes ANY Processor Sound Its Best

Posted by Jim Kuzman on Jun 8, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Omnia.9sg just got a major, free software update, v.3.16.52 (available on the Omnia.9sg page in the sidebar). While the 9sg has always been way more than a stereo generator, this software update gives it that much more functionality, including Livewire+ AES67 for total compliance with the standard and a new clipper designed by Hans van Zutphen, along with dozens of other features. Here, we get into the background of what exactly a stereo generator does, and how the processor-agnostic Omnia.9sg can benefit any station with final-stage processing that is your processor's secret weapon. 

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Topics: stereo generator, final stage processing, final stage processor, omnia.9sg, 9sg

Partner Highlight: Keeping Time with Voceware

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Jun 7, 2017 1:30:00 PM

The Telos Alliance is proud to list nearly 100 manufacturers of broadcast hardware and software among our Livewire partners, partners whose products integrate with the world’s first and most popular AoIP networking system. Here, we profile one such partner; Voceware, who joined the Livewire program in late 2015.

Voceware is creator of innovative, robust time-keeping software for the broadcast industry whose VClock interfaces seamlessly with Axia via Livewire GPIO. Their beautiful clocks and full suite of completely customizable information systems are used by many leading broadcasters, ensuring presenters never get a time check wrong. All the while, on-air guests are wowed by the custom branding inside and outside the broadcast studio. VClock customers range from small community operations and hospital radio stations to local stations and large national broadcasters.

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Topics: Livewire Partners, Telos Alliance Partners, Voceware

Thunderstorm Season (Yes, That's a Thing!)

Posted by John Powell on Jun 7, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In the wintertime, humidity levels plummet as temperatures drop and forced air heating systems dry the air out even more. During these months we are extra conscious of electrostatic discharge. Many will make a habit of grounding themselves to a doorknob or rack case before touching any controls in the studio, so as to avoid zapping the electronics with static electricity.

When winter gives way to warmer weather, thunderstorms and line surges present a new threat to our precious technology. Broadcast engineers take steps to protect their mains power inputs with spike suppressors and surge protectors. These devices can help, but can only do so much with the extremely fast transient swings in voltage that are observed during these events. There are also threats that are not so obvious.

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Topics: Broadcast Technology, Broadcast Engineering, Telephone Systems

TWiRT 351 - Virtualizing Automation with Dub Irvin

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jun 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Virtual Machines and Virtualization in general are becoming popular techniques in the IT world.  Now, broadcasters are adopting virtualization for their automation systems.  How does this work, and what are the pros and cons? Dub Irvin from WideOrbit joins us to explain.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality