I first met Rob Bertrand over a decade ago, when he was working with his college radio station. Since then, he has accepted positions of increasing responsibility for a number of major players, and is now the Senior Director of Technology for American University’s WAMU in Washington, DC.
Rob writes, “I just stumbled across your ‘xSelector as Butt Set’ (The Bisset Brief: A Network Butt Set) analogy on the Telos Alliance blogs. Yes indeed, it’s a must-have!” Not long after Rob arrived at WAMU, he realized there was virtually nowhere in the building where one could reliably hear the full scope of what was going on–whether it be the program feed to the transmitter, the analog off-air feed, the HD off-air feed, or either of the remote repeater stations–not to mention the station’s streams and HD sub-channels.
To further compound things, in his new role as head of technology, Rob realized that if he was going to really learn how the station was performing, it would be very important that he have this monitoring capability in his office, and elsewhere in the facility.
Thankfully, Rob knew an Axia xSelector would deliver what he required for the price of a data drop to his office. A call to U.S. Axia distributor Broadcasters General Storeand some minor cable pulling later, Rob had his entire audio world immediately at his fingertips, at the push of a button.
Rob Bertrand's xSelector in the rack (top unit) at WAMU.
While there are certainly ways to accomplish similar functionality from the comfort of one’s desktop, Rob has found that in an emergency it’s a huge benefit to be able to just push a button and hear the audio come out of the reference monitors.
The built-in VU meters and onboard I/O are also a real plus. You can see in the picture that Rob’s xSelector is a critical part of his office monitoring setup for RDS, PAD, and now Artist Experience (better known in the Public Radio world as “Meta Pub” from NPR).
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