Choosing an Audio Interface 

Whether you do a little or do a lot, there are many choices to meet your needs.

Choosing a Network Switch for Audio Over IP 

While all network switches carry Ethernet packets, there are limits to how many packets a switch can handle. Even an expensive business-class gigabit Ethernet switch may not be up to snuff.

iZotope RX 2, RX 2 Advanced 

Audio repair suite

Sealevel Relio R5200 

Fanless embedded computer

P.I. Engineering XK-24 

Computer shortcut keys

Broadcast Tools WebSwitch 

Instant remote reboot

Extended Reach: Remote Network Connectivity 

Doug Irwin explores ways to establish remote connectivity, how to safely use the public Internet for WAN functionality, and some less-obvious considerations once connectivity is created.

Gefen Wireless RS-232 Extension 

RS-232 extender

PERL Logger 

Rob Landry's Perl script records each hour as an MP3 file by capturing the station's Internet stream.

Design Best Practices for Data Centers 

Radio stations handle large amounts of data. While many may not think of the station as being a data center, in reality it is. This article on data center design considerations can apply to a radio station's IT facilities as well.

Field Report: P.I. Engineering X-keys Desktop 

The X-keys Desktop is a practical and fun device that makes lengthy, repetitive and routine keystrokes as simple as a push of a button.

Inside IPv6 

We are now running out of available IP addresses under the current addressing scheme called IPv4, which is limited to a maximum of 4,294,967,296 addresses. This may seem like a lot of addresses, but consider that according to ICANN, the available IPv4 addresses will run out by 2011.

Applications for IP tunneling 

A connection established through an IP tunnel is similar to plugging a PC into the network connection at the station. IP tunnels can operate through any type of wired or wireless network.

Applied Technology: Broadcast Electronics The Radio Experience 

Datacasting, or messagecasting as we call it at BE, is simply the broadcasting of data, whether it's audio or a text message in the form of data

Applied Technology: Viero Web services 

Several years ago, a new technology called Web services began to make headway in software architecture. The technology leverages the same mechanisms used by Web browsers and Web servers to allow systems to more easily communicate and share data. Web services have proven extremely useful and are now considered to be mainstream software architecture

Automation Server Performance Enhancement 

The keys to the revenue-producing potential of a facility are performance, reliability and ease of operation of the computer-based audio system (CBAS). Here are some ways to improve performance and reliability of the CBAS in a facility. Ease of operation I’ll leave to the vendors.

Server Performance Enhancement: Fine-tuning 

Here are a few more quick tips to jazz up a file server.

IT for Radio Engineers 

Today, many of the clunky boxes that served us so well in the past have been replaced by networked hardware and software systems, which, while providing a far more powerful and compact platform to fill the operational needs of a facility, now take the form of black-boxes and software files. (The tools you use no longer came from a metal cabinet.)

Planning a wireless LAN 

When it comes time to install a wireless LAN at your facility, there are some basic guidelines that must be followed to make the system to its maximum capacity and keep your network secured against unauthorized users.

Pro Tools Interface Now Available for Lynx Converters 

Lynx Studio Technology's Aurora 16 and Aurora 18 converters now interface with Digidesign Pro Tools|HD systems.

Field Report: Edirol UA-1EX 

Sometimes a mistake can result in the purchase of a really neat product. Such is the case when Victory FM (home of the Liberty University Flames Sports

Field Report: Salem Radio Labs Call Commander 

Call screening software is critical to any talk station's operation. Finding a system that be configured to the station's needs is important, and the ability to try it before you buy it can help the selection process. Because the Call Commander software from Salem Radio Labs is free, trying it out is as simple as finding enough time to download and install it.

Sign Off 

The computer hard drive is 50 years old this month. Take a look at the IBM RAMAC, which held 5MB of data and was the size of a refrigerator.

Field Report: Digigram UAX220 

The Digigram UAX220 is a USB-compliant interface that addresses all of the typical portable adapter problems.

Field Report: Digigram VX882HR 

The VX882HR is a Windows-compatible PCI sound card suitable for a variety of radio and recording applications.

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