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The GP16 panel comes in handy when experimenting with scripts. I wanted to know if a script could be written to make one of Wheatstone's GP or LCX rack mount panels into an audio switcher with a safety button. I wrote a test script for that purpose and it worked as planned. To return the GP16 panel back to normal I just downloaded the original script back to the panel.
The Wheatstone AoIP drivers are handy in the news booth, and they are about half the cost of a professional four-channel sound card. Instead of having a generic source called "Computer" I can name the AoIP sources with their function names. On one computer there are separate AoIP sources/destinations for Editor, Skype, Internet, and NewsReady.
I had a number of speakers (the angled enclosure type that were ubiquitous on the walls of many radio stations in the 1970s) that were installed by being laid face down on top of drop ceiling tiles throughout the station. I feed them via a Wheatstone Blade output. Normally the speakers are fed audio from NPR's squawk channel. During EAS alerts our Endec decode relay causes a momentary connection to feed EAS alert audio to the speakers. In addition, EAS alert audio interrupts cue audio in every studio. There is a silence sensor that causes a momentary connection of alarm audio to the speakers. The source for the alarm audio is a LM556 timer circuit that emulates the Star Trek "Red Alert" sound. The drop ceiling panels are porous allowing the speakers to be audible everywhere in the station without having retro speakers hanging on the walls.
The IP system has proven to be a good fit for us, providing broadcast quality audio with easy configuration. We will be able to freely expand without disrupting operations.
Manfroi is the chief engineer for WUIS Public Radio in Springfield, IL.
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