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Problem-Free Studio Build a Different Experience

Posted by Tom Vernon on May 23, 2017 3:30:00 PM

It's an all-too-common problem. You buy a product and soon discover its limitations. In the world of broadcast engineering, this can lead to potentially major roadblocks, especially when installing new studio gear.

With a wide range of experience, Dave Wilson, Director at Worldwide Network Services (WWNS) in Nashville, is sometimes recruited for setup of IP networked broadcast studios, and he's run into just that problem one too many times over the years. Here, Dave (who admits WWNS could easily be confused for a radio station in the phone listings), tells how he's had quite a different experience with Axia.

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Topics: Axia Audio, Audio over IP, ip audio

Meet Tom Nielsen: Studio Geek and Proud of it!

Posted by Dave Sarkies on May 23, 2017 11:57:14 AM

It hasn't quite been two years since Minnetonka Audio joined the Telos Alliance, but in that time we've come to learn that our colleagues in the Land of 10,000 Lakes really have a passion for audio, and the term "audio geek" or "studio geek" are taken as compliments. This holds true for the most recent addition to the Minnetonka team as well, Technical Support Representative Tom Nielsen. We sat down with Tom find out what makes the newest on-staff audiofile tick.

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Topics: Audio Engineering, Audio Production, Minnetonka Audio

TWiRT 349 - Translators and Main Studios with Larry Fuss

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on May 19, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The FCC is proposing to eliminate the Main Studio Rule. Sounds good to many, but what are the consequences? And FM translators are in the news again, with a window opening this summer for AM stations to apply. Larry Fuss is with us to explain what this means. And - as is often the case - you won’t believe where Chris Tobin is!

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality

Spokane Public Radio Sets AoIP on Fire

Posted by Dave Sarkies on May 17, 2017 1:30:00 PM

When Spokane Public Radio / 91.1 KPBX moved into a new facility, that new facility was actually anything but new. In fact, it was a historic firehouse, and therefore the station needed to meet certain requirements that would not only maintain the integrity of the structure, but allow Spokane Public Radio to update to an all AoIP studio, including a VoIP broadcast phone system, AoIP console, and IP infrastructure. 

“Part of the reconstruction was that we had to maintain the building's historical look, so we couldn’t run huge cable bundles," says Chief Engineer Jerry Olson. "We were interested in getting a more modern facility—where we were before was an analog plant. For the new facility, we wanted to go with Audio over IP.”

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Topics: Broadcast Telephone Systems, Audio over IP, ip audio

TWiRT 348 - VO Mics & Studios with Joe Cipriano

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on May 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM

How does a top-shelf voice-over artist work on the road?  He makes a “MacGyver studio”! Joe Cipriano joins us to talk mics, pre-amps, processing, and how voice-over work gets done today.

Chris Tobin is here, too, from a hot transmitter room!

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality

What the Heck, Where's the Tech?

Posted by Jayson Tomlin on May 10, 2017 3:32:16 PM

ATSC 3.0 Next Generation Audio (NGA) System Demystified

Technology truly is a train that just keeps on rolling. With the world preparing for yet another advancement in personalized entertainment experience, acronyms are being thrown around like dice on the craps table. What does it all mean and how will any of it benefit the consumer?

Let’s take a deep dive into what a Next Generation Audio System can really do by looking at what’s happening in South Korea.

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Topics: Television Audio, Linear Acoustic AMS, Next Generaton Audio

Engineer Roundtable: Behind the Omnia VOLT Audio Processor

Posted by Krissy Rushing on May 9, 2017 4:25:01 PM

Cornelius Gould, Geoff Steadman, and Rob Dye sound off on creating the world’s best-sounding 1RU broadcast audio processor, the newly released Omnia VOLT.

Omnia VOLT is a 1RU processor like Omnia ONE. What is the difference between the two?

VOLT shares some technology with the ONE, including some time-tested circuit design including I/O hardened for harsh environments. That's where the similarity ends. VOLT’s new software framework represents a major step forward from the ONE in terms of sound, functionality, and value. VOLT has capabilities we just could not fit in the ONE, like a fifth-band AGC, interactive crossovers, Stereo Enhancer, patch points for watermarking, HTML-5 GUI, and our new QuickTweak system; the list goes on. VOLT will take over as our main 1RU processor offering, and maintains the price point of the ONE. The ONE is a great act to follow. With more than 13,000 units installed, it is the best-selling audio processor ever made, and we’ll continue to sell it for some time. VOLT carries on that rugged, built-like-a-tank tradition. Omnia fans are going to love it, and others will be won over.

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Topics: Omnia Audio, audio processors, Omnia VOLT, broadcast audio

TWiRT 347 - Jeff Welton - IT Security and 400 Kilowatts

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on May 6, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Canadians may be polite, but most don’t want you hacking their Internet-connected stuff.  Jeff Welton from Nautel offers advice for IT security at the transmitter site, plus describes hand-on a 400 kW AM transmitter, and what tools to keep handy nowadays for solid-state transmitter maintenance.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 346 - Live at NAB 2017

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Apr 29, 2017 1:00:00 PM

It was the last day of NAB 2017, but before it was over, Kirk Harnack and Chris Tobin brought us some of the best radio broadcast tech at the show. Simon Jackson with flow batteries at transmitter sites in Fiji, Telos Alliance CEO Frank Foti, Mark Persons, Fritz Golman, and more!

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality

Telos Alliance Claims Three NewBay Best of Show Awards at NAB 2017!

Posted by Krissy Rushing on Apr 27, 2017 1:01:21 PM

Around this time every year, we introduce several new products coinciding with the big NAB show in Las Vegas. This year we were rewarded for all our hard work in product development as the proud recipient of three NewBay Best of Show Awards! From Telos Alliance's Radio Division NewBay recognized the Omnia VOLT™ broadcast audio processor and 25-Seven TVC-15 watermark analyzer and monitor, while on the TV Solutions Group side, Linear Acoustic was recognized for the AMS Authoring and Monitoring System. All three products were awarded Best in Show Awards for their innovation, feature set, cost efficiency, and performance in serving the broadcast industry.

"We are honored to receive these distinguished awards from NewBay," says Frank Foti, CEO of the Telos Alliance. "At Telos Alliance we are always pushing hard to create products that not only give our broadcasting family the solutions they need, but that are better, more innovative, and have incredible performance. It's gratifying to see the industry recognize that work."

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Topics: nab 2017, Omnia VOLT, 25-Seven TVC-15, Linear Acoustic AMS