5 Surprising Places for IP Audio

It's getting late. Do you know where your audio network is?

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Your audio network could be going places and doing things you might not be aware of, from remote sportscasts and for STLs to hanging out in malls, convention centers and auditoriums.

Modern audio networks are being used for a slew of new applications because of newer, smarter I/O units. For example, WheatNet-IP BLADE-3s combine integrated control with audio tools such as mixing and audio processing at every connection point in the network for a multitude of possible uses.

It’s almost like having a complete studio in 1RU wherever you need one.

And with AES67 now promising to interface your network to just about any audio device out there, there’s no telling where IP audio will be off to next.


Here are just a few ways you can use your WheatNet-IP BLADE-3s:

Audio in the Outfield: Quickly set up a small studio at any sports venue with routing, processing, mixing and logic controls of mics and other devices all in one rack unit. All you need is a BLADE at the press box as your audio interface into your mixing board and mics (16 mono channels) and an Internet or other link to the studio. To take advantage of 5.8 GHz unlicensed wireless IP radios as a line-of-sight link to the studio, simply add an EDGE unit. EDGE connects directly into the IP wireless radio through RJ-45 connectors, and because it’s all IP, that means you can carry audio, voice-over-IP, and data of all kinds back and forth between locations.


IP Audio Snake: Transport audio between the production studio and a nearby performance studio using BLADEs at each end. Carry mic and instrument feeds from the stage area to the network over CAT6, wireless or optical fiber link. Do separate mixes live using the BLADE’s 8x2 stereo mixers, or capture multitrack recordings for future mixing. No transformer splits required!


STL: Continue IP audio from the studio to the transmitter with BLADEs on both ends of an IP wireless or other STL. IP radios connect to the switch on each end, which are connected to the BLADE for managing audio and any devices hanging off the network. If the STL should lose connection, the new BLADE-3 will not only detect silence, it can trigger the startup of playback audio stored on the BLADE-3 itself.


Multi-stage venues. Place BLADE I/O units in the van, on stages or throughout the field, and connect them together over fiber and CAT6 via the network switch for audio transport between them. Great for music festivals that require real-time communication between multiple stages.


IFB. Talk to talent over your IP network. Any WheatNet-IP BLADE access unit that routes audio also can provide the IFB pathway, whether it’s on location or in the studio; simply change crosspoints to create routable IFB throughout the facility.




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