Wheatstone to Launch New AoIP Products at NAB 2022


NEW BERN, North Carolina—At this year’s NAB Show, April 23-27 in Las Vegas, Wheatstone is showcasing several new AoIP-based audio consoles along with an upgrade to its Blade 4 access unit.

Tekton 32, Wheatstone’s latest AES67 and WheatNet-IP networked audio TV console, will make its debut at the show. Tekton 32 interfaces with all major production automation systems through a single control interface for tight automation and mixing integration in a native IP audio environment. Tekton 32 features 64 standard channels (layered) and automation-tracked motorized faders so anyone producing or directing, or doing both, can keep tabs on what the automation is doing and make adjustments as needed.

The AoIP console is also very easy to navigate for casual reporting or sporting events that require hands-on mixing. Touch-sensitive faders on the one hand and a touchscreen interface on the other make it easier for the busy producer or director to adjust EQ, set levels and mix streams. All routing and control of the Tekton 32 is handled by the WheatNet IP Audio Network, an AES67-compliant, SMPTE 2110-supported IP audio network. If on the network, it is routable, programmable and accessible, often automatically. For example, when a field reporter’s mic turns on, the minus-correct mix can be automatically returned to the field reporter’s headphones for IFB.

The compact size of Tekton 32 is due to the fact that the AoIP carries much of the load that once rested on the console. Additionally, by connecting routing, mixing, and studio control through Ethernet cabling, AoIP opens up accessibility and gets rid of outdated cabling and layers of audio infrastructure. Tekton 32 is also WAN and REMI compatible. Tekton 32’s WheatNet-IP audio network can scale from one location to multiple geographic locations over a WAN for use in REMI or other remote broadcast applications.

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GSX12 (Image credit: Wheatstone)

Also new is the GSX console surface, Wheatstone’s latest fully reprogrammable AoIP console and the latest addition to the WheatNet-IP audio networking family. Wheatstone’s flagship LXE console surface, introduced in 2016, was the first fully customizable control surface for IP audio systems.

Surface GSX AoIP Features:

  • Programmable buttons and controls for customization by show, talent or studio. Customize once and quickly adjust or reconfigure controls and displays for any purpose or application using Wheatstone’s ConsoleBuilder™ software.
  • Up to 32 input channels with just four physical faders, or any combination suitable for studio size and function required.
  • Measure on screen rather than console for a low-profile workspace that lets talent focus their attention where it’s needed most.
  • Touch surface on the one hand and touchscreen interface on the other hand for the best of both worlds. Faders and cue events on the surface. Pinch and drag EQ settings from the touchscreen.
  • Modular design. Configure it as a flush-mount or tabletop console surface, or split it into fader corners in separate rooms connected via the WheatNet-IP audio network for quick and easy talent and show collaboration.
  • Remote operation. An optional stand-alone virtual mixer or remote mixer that mirrors the physical surface provides an independent yet shared user experience.
  • Optional Automix, Layers, ScreenBuilder™, Smart Switch panels and IP accessories. Add any or all at any time to adapt the GSX to changing needs.
  • Powered by WheatNet-IP, a comprehensive smart network of connected devices, audio tools, and third-party products and apps.

Wheatstone has also added new audio tools to its AoIP network. This latest AoIP unit includes audio routing, control, codecs, processing, mixing, operating system and NMOS/AES67 interoperability in 1 RU. Blade 4 can be integrated into any new or existing WheatNet-IP network and includes:

  • Selectable Opus, MP3 and AAC codecs to integrate remote site or home studio workflows into studio operation as needed. All codecs are native AoIP routable; no additional studio equipment required.
  • Embedded operating system to run custom scripts and specialized software, measurement applications and virtual interfaces.
  • AES67 compliance, from 0.125ms to 5ms packets, for a wide range of interoperability with other AES67 devices and networks.
  • Support for SMPTE ST 2110, including the NMOS discovery standard for AES67 and next-generation TV networks.
  • Two Ethernet ports available on each 4 blade for fail-safe redundancy.
  • Integrated audio codecs, processing, mixing and operating system in a native AoIP environment for resource sharing.
  • Two separate audio clip players, enhanced to play compressed or uncompressed audio files from the built-in USB ports to virtually eliminate memory storage issues.
  • Full AoIP I/O and intelligence in a single unit for routing audio, mixing sounds, processing streams, and controlling mics, consoles, and other studio devices. Blade 4 has all the standard Blade features, including two 8×2 stereo utility mixers for inline mixing of sounds or remote transitioning between streams; routable stereo processor with parametric EQ, compressor and limiter; and 12 universal logic ports plus 128 software LIO ports, programmable as inputs or outputs, and routable via the network.
  • Codecs, software applications, audio mixing and processing, as well as routing, control and AoIP interoperability in 1 RU to reduce rack space and associated cooling, cabling and other costs.

Wheatstone will be at stand N2631. For more information on the NAB Show, visit nabshow.com/2022.

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