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The Bisset Brief: Planning Your AoIP Radio Installation

Posted by John Bisset on Jan 9, 2018 8:40:00 PM

John Bisset, Telos Alliance Radio Products Sales Manager for the Western U.S., tells us about his travels across the country, where he has helped facilitate a number of AoIP radio facility installations. He shares some of his experiences here.

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Topics: Audio over IP, IP Studios, AoIP networking

New World of AoIP a Welcome Change at KCPR

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Aug 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Having spent a majority of his career on the TV side of the broadcast industry, when Thomas Morales moved into the role of Broadcast Engineer for KCPR radio and Cal Poly TV (CPTV), a non-FCC licensed cable TV station at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in 2012, he hadn’t worked in an AoIP facility. But as a part-time emergency hire brought on to maintain both stations while filling in for a staffer on sabbatical, Thomas quickly learned the benefits of AoIP. Once he did—and the job became full time—he was grateful to be in an all-Axia facility.

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Topics: Audio over IP, aoip, AoIP networking

AoIP Is the Way to Be for RMG

Posted by Ken Tankel on Jul 19, 2017 11:45:00 AM

The Moscow headquarters of Russian media conglomerate Russian Media Group include five radio stations and two television stations. Starting a decade ago, the radio stations began rebuilding their facilities using an Axia Livewire AoIP infrastructure. Axia AoIP consoles, Telos phone systems and digital hybrids, and Axia xNodes were used both as the system core and also to extend the Livewire infrastructure to AES digital audio, and analog audio. Livewire’s ability to handle general purpose interface (GPI) information together with the physical GPIs provided on Axia xNodes and Axia consoles extended the core infrastructure to include GPI on equipment that did not support Livewire+ AES67 AoIP natively. The AoIP infrastructure was soon used throughout all of the radio studios including ISDN interfaces for outside broadcast.

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Topics: Audio over IP, AoIP for Television, AoIP networking

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

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

Telos Alliance Welcomes Yellowtec as Latest Livewire Partner

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Apr 25, 2017 2:40:11 PM

The Telos Alliance announced this week that Yellowtech has joined its growing list of Livewire partners. Yellowtec is an award-winning manufacturer of a wide range of products for the Media Broadcast industry, including digital audio network routing, mixing, console control, and integrated intercom and talkback systems. Yellowtec chose Livewire to allow their complete product line to interoperate with the growing Livewire ecosystem of more than 70,000 installed devices worldwide. The organization's support of the Livewire protocol will allow users to send and receive audio with stream advertising, control, and program associated data throughout its entire audio network.

Marketing Manager Krissy Rushing recently sat down with Yellowtec CEO Hanno Mahr to find out why the German manufacturer chose Livewire.

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Topics: Audio over IP, Livewire, Livewire Partners

Is Your Equipment Fully AES67 Compliant?

Posted by Marty Sacks on Apr 11, 2017 4:41:00 PM

AES67 compatibility and compliance are not one in the same. This short guide explains the difference, and why you should care.

One of our goals at the Telos Alliance is to further the adoption of AES67, the standard for audio-over-IP designed to allow interoperability between various IP-based audio networking systems, like our own Livewire+ AES67, Ravenna, Q-Lan, and Dante. So we hear the terms AES67 compliance and AES67 compatibility thrown about a bit, often with reckless abandon. And while they may sound the same, the difference between compliance and compatibility is huge. Here, we’ll spell out those differences and explain why it matters.

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Topics: AES67, Audio over IP, aoip

Choosing an AoIP format for a Broadcast Production Facility with AES67

Posted by Martin Dyster on Apr 11, 2017 4:20:00 PM

When talking about Audio-over-IP it is important to stress that we are not discussing something new. In fact, Audio over IP has been a part of the radio broadcast landscape for well over a decade. It was pioneered by the team at US-based Telos, led by the late Steve Church. Called “Livewire,” this AoIP protocol debuted at NAB in 2003. Since the introduction of that first low-latency, contribution-quality format, many other protocols have followed.  However, the sheer amount of choice and conflicting marketing messages associated with each new protocol can be extremely confusing to potential adopters. The true benefits of an IP-based audio system are easily compromised by an inability to choose ‘best-of-breed’ equipment simply because ‘device A’ doesn’t support the protocol adopted by ’device B.’

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Topics: Audio over IP, aoip, AoIP for Television

Keeping Your Broadcast IP Network Safe in the Age of IoT

Posted by Greg Shay on Mar 29, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Considering an Audio over IP (AoIP) network for your facility makes sense; it’s faster, cheaper, and better than previous technologies. By converting to AoIP, you not only tap into the power of current technology, you allow your facility to leverage the enormous universe of “off the shelf” IT devices that are used worldwide, and not just in the broadcast industry.

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Topics: IP Audio Network Routing & Control, Audio over IP, Internet of Things

Choosing a Baseline AoIP Protocol

Posted by Marty Sacks on Mar 22, 2017 1:45:00 PM

Since the AES67 standard was ratified nearly three years ago, a paradigm shift has occurred in the broadcast indus­try with AoIP becoming the topic both around the water cooler and in facilities around the globe.

By now, you probably already know and understand AoIP's benefits: It saves money. It makes for more efficient work­flows. It reduces the amount of equip­ment you need. It eliminates massive amounts of wiring. It leverages “off the shelf” IP-based components from the larger IT industry for easy integration.

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Topics: AES67, Audio over IP, aoip

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