TV Audio Consoles

IP & TDM Networking

New For 2014

Wheatstone for TV

We get it. You don’t want to mess around with all those channels of audio that need to be routed, mixed, edited and made to sound natural and seamless with what’s happening on video. All of which can be especially frustrating now that 5.1 surround is added to the mix. That’s why we have eliminated all the inefficiency and bloat from TV audio production. Wheatstone has a Network First approach that you’ll like – a lot. We’ve moved everything routing and logic related to the network and replaced that gargantuan console with a much more efficient, compact network console. We’re talking unrestricted routing and unrestricted access just below the surface, but with everything you need above the surface to do it all, and do it fast.

Wheatstone Takes Five Industry Awards at NAB 2014!

Five Awards!

Wheatstone introduced some exciting new products at NAB 2014, and it appears that the industry noticed! Wheatstone was presented with an unprecedented five Best of Show awards for its BLADE 3, L-12, SG-192, Dimension Three, and Series Four products.

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From NAB 2014: New TV Products

New TV Products Video

In this video, shot in our booth on the show floor at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, Wheatstone's Phil Owens walks you through two of Wheatstone's new television audio consoles: The Dimension Three and the Series Four.

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Tales from the Truck - Road Stories

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We asked some of our folks to go on camera and simply talk to each other. We think you'll like what they had to say... unrehearsed and unscripted.

In this video, Paul, Phil, and Brad share some of their road stories, giving us some interesting insight into the world of an audio engineer in the trenchesWatch This Video

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Super Super Bowl

SuperbowlStory420For the past five years, The Dan Patrick Show, a national radio show that broadcasts Monday through Friday on more than 350 U.S. affiliates, and as a TV show (of the radio show) on NBC Sports Network and DirecTV’s Audience Network, has taken the show on the road for Super Bowl Week.

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What You Might Not Know About Wheatstone

D-5.2 TV Audio Console -420pxIn 2001, we were accused of capturing the Starship Enterprise and turning it into our D-5.1 TV audio console. This console won all the awards at the show that year. It’s now the console of choice for a lot of broadcasters, including a certain professional football films company.

Here's more background on the history of Wheatstone.


Wheatstone at NY1 News, NYC!

D-8EX Television_Audio_Console_-_detail_viewKristopher Kelly of NY1 News in New York describes how the Wheatstone D-8 TV Audio Console was a perfect fit for their control room refit!

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TV Sound Bite

DimensionTwo Detail_1400Here's a brainteaser for you. What two networks work with our new Dimension Two television audio console for moving anything not essential to your task at hand off the surface to where it can be shared and accessed on command?

  • A: International Network of Golf and SETI@home
  • B: Facebook and Twitter
  • C: TDM and audio over IP, giving you a foothold in the cool new world of IP yet keeping both feet firmly planted in the TDM world you know.

The correct answer is C. Our dual network approach lets you take advantage of what's new in IP without you having to give up your existing TDM infrastructure, plus frees up your work surface so you can do your best work yet. Download a spiffy new brochure on our Dimension Two audio console for answers to all your questions about networking, surround sound, and producing great audio on the fly.

Sizing Up (or Down) TV Audio

SizingTV UPPhil Owens remembers the days not so long ago when getting a television audio console into the studio meant taking a window out, cutting holes in walls, even getting a crane to lift the behemoth thing through a window. Now, "I've had guys tell me that the hardest part of putting in one of our digital audio consoles is taking the old one out," he said.

It's understandable then that a trend we've started to call Big Console/Little Console is a laughable concept to Owens, one of our sales engineers who rightly insists that today's digital console is anything but "big."

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Did You Know?

TV SDIBefore TV routing switcher manufacturers like Ross, Grass Valley and Utah Scientific adopted the serial digital interface (SDI) in recent years, TV studios required one connection for video and two or more for audio. With SDI, audio and video now ride on one serial interface. A variety of source equipment, routing systems and consoles now come with SDI interface – Wheatstone television audio consoles included.

Wheatstone’s new Dimension Two television audio console also comes with IP network capability, which is expected to be the next big technology rollout for television broadcasters.

Dimension Two. Big on the Surface. Small in size.

D2 HEADON 420The way we see it, you should be able to get a television audio console that’s compact enough to fit into everyday operation, but big in all those ways that make it a great console for covering breaking news – even the outsized events.

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Laser Cutting and Punch Press

This two minute video shows some of the laser cutting and punch press operations that are part of manufacturing the metalwork for our largest TV audio console, the D-5.2. These shots were taken during manufacture of a console recently ordered by NFL Networks.


NFL Networks D-5.2 Console Photos

D-5-2 TV_Audio_Console_-_front_viewRecently, Wheatstone built the largest television audio console ever produced at our New Bern factory. The customer is NFL Networks of Culver City, California. The console measures nearly 10 feet in length. We followed this console through several aspects of its construction, assembly, and shipping. 

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