NAB Show NY: Wheatstone Plans ‘Hands-On’ Demo of At-Home Production Workflow
NAB New York Show attendees will be able to knock a few balls around a foosball table at Wheatstone booth 960, where the IP audio network manufacturer will demonstrate how to mix remote sporting events from a home studio. Wheatstone will showcase real-time remote control and transport of IP audio with a foosball table on one side of its booth and a ‘home studio’ on the other, with fiber-optic connectivity between the two.
“It was either football or foosball — I wanted football, but booth space would have been a real problem! So foosball it is to show how easily we can mix an event remotely using our WheatNet-IP audio network and consoles,” says Wheatstone Director of Sales Jay Tyler.
To demonstrate all this and more at the New York show, Wheatstone is collaborating with Artel Video Systems, provider of innovative IP- and fiber-based media transport solutions, to create a WAN between two Cisco switches. The WAN uses Artel’s InfinityLink IL6000 broadcast media transport chassis equipped with an ILC205 9 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch with VLAN and the ILC103A 3G/HD/SD-SDI, ASI Transmitter/Receiver.
“Artel continues to demonstrate the applicability of its product line,” says Rafael Fonseca, Vice President and Director of Product Management at Artel Video Systems. “In this case, the versatility and application ‘reach’ of the InfinityLink platform in support of solutions addressing workflow costs and efficiencies are demonstrated.”
Remote WheatNet-IP audio BLADEs are behind the Cisco switch at one end (‘remote’) with Wheatstone mixing consoles and WheatNet-IP audio network BLADEs on the other end (‘at home’). At the ‘remote’ foosball table are microphones interfaced into a Wheatstone M4-IP four channel mic processor BLADE, which provides sound sweetening, mix-minus for IFB and connectivity into the WheatNet-IP audio network. “WheatNet-IP BLADEs have utility mixers built in for creating IFB mix-minuses locally at the venue, which means that annoying delay is all but nonexistent,” explains Tyler.
Representing the home studio are Wheatstone IP audio consoles, including large-frame IP-64, Dimension Three Touch, LXE and Series Four control surfaces. NAB attendees will be able to sit down at the home studio side and punch up mic feeds or change EQ, activate/deactivate microphones, and control other functions at the remote end.
The at-home production workflow is gaining popularity as a way to cut production costs and equipment requirements, often reducing what would be an entire remote truck full of gear to a remote crew operating just a handful of microphones and cameras needed onsite.