Wheatstone Corp

Mix Remote Feeds from the Home Studio with WheatNet-IP Audio Networking and IP Audio Mixers by Wheatstone.

There’s a much simpler way to mix, route and control remote audio feeds than to haul tons of equipment around to various sporting venues, along with the associated travel and staffing issues. Wheatstone’s WheatNet-IP is an AES67 compatible IP audio network made up of IP audio mixers and I/O and specialty BLADEs combining audio mixing, routing, and control into one studio environment – whether in one location or in multiple locations. As part of a WAN between the home studio and a sports field, for example, WheatNet-IP audio networking units and Ethernet switches can be placed on each end to extend workflows across the WAN. The network itself can serve as an IFB backbone that is routable by simply triggering cross points in the network – with zero latency between talent and crew in the field. At the home studio (or anywhere in the network) an IP audio mixer such as the Wheatstone IP-64, Dimension Three Touch, LXE or Series Four, can turn mics on, control levels, and trigger IFB remotely.

There are countless other ways WheatNet-IP audio networking can help manage today’s demanding production requirements. For example, the same I/O BLADE access unit used for at-home production can be used to cover live speeches down at City Hall. The news conference becomes another point on the network, so you can turn on the reporter’s mic and all the relevant processing settings – and even bring in another reporter located elsewhere in the network, plus set up mix-minuses for IFBs – from one central location. Place BLADEs in the van, on a stage or throughout the ballfield, and then connect them together over fiber or CAT6 via a network switch and transport audio between all those locations. The possibilities are endless, because each BLADE has routing, processing, mixing and logic controls for mics and other devices in one rack unit – a “studio in a box” that essentially extends your studio WheatNet-IP audio network, and all the routing and control that goes with it, to anywhere you need it.

Because most IP audio networks are now AES67 compatible, WheatNet-IP included, it’s a relatively small matter to transport audio from, say, a live sound group that has the WheatNet-IP system and a broadcast truck that has another (such as Dante).