WHEATNET-IP: TWO WORDS – INTELLIGENT NETWORK

Yesterday’s IP audio network just doesn’t cut it anymore.

You need a modern, smarter audio network. It’s all in the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network: audio routing, mixing, processing, silence detection, logic control, 24/7/365 reliability, and third-party equipment integration, from your program automation to your transmitter link.

Only WheatNet-IP distributes intelligence across all access points in one unified, robust Gigabit Ethernet network for reliability, scalability and extreme studio programmability.

Best of all, WheatNet-IP is the driving engine under the hood for a wide range of control surfaces made by Wheatstone, which you’ll also need for your modern network.

What Can You Do with WheatNet-IP?

Control it all with Screen Builder
Admit it. You’ve always wanted complete control of everything and everyone. You’ve always wanted to be able to know what’s happening at all times in all places in your world. Well, here you go. Welcome to ScreenBuilder (should we have called it World Builder?) Click here to learn more about Screen Builder.

Make wholesale studio changes…
…or switch studios from any seat, reconfigure control surfaces for multiple purposes, and even change audio processing settings automatically when, say, a certain mic turns on. It’s all in the WheatNet.

Bring on the devices.
WheatNet-IP gets along with everyone, including MADI gear like ProTools and TDM systems, and interfaces to more than 40 third-party brands and/or products for end-to-end, seamless operation from the microphone to the stick. In addition, new third-generation WheatNet-IP access units are AES67 compatible, which means you can integrate your audio network with other AES67 compatible devices and systems.

Integrate audio routing and automation.
Imagine interfacing your audio network to your automation system with no sound cards, external logic connections or added routers. Or, better yet, imagine fully integrated audio automation and routing so an announcer seated at the playout system can set a fader for a console located anywhere in the facility. That’s WheatNet-IP.

Access any audio, anywhere.
WheatNet-IP handles native analog, microphone, AES/EBU, SPDIF, AoIP, MADI, SDI and even AES67, which is now included in our third-generation access units. Ingest any audio format into the WheatNet-IP, and convert to any audio output — analog to digital, AES to IP, microphone to AoIP or MADI to AES67.

Control and route audio all on the same cable.
No more having to chase down or create new logic commands for sources every time you change control surfaces or studios. Logic follows audio. Audio and control for that audio travel down the same cable, so you can pick up feeds and the logic for those feeds anywhere along the network. Route any audio input to any or all outputs in the network.

Relax, you have switch-over silence detection.
Let’s say an operator misses a cue or leaves a fader down. No problem. When WheatNet-IP senses silence, it can take the automation system directly to air until the operator catches up. Every single audio output channel can be programmed with silence detection and automatic switch-over function.

Simplify things.
No need to assign IP addresses or allocate bandwidth or pay someone else big money to do it. Just plug it into your managed gigabit Ethernet switch and let WheatNet-IP do the rest. Add codecs, processors and controllers or change I/Os in a snap. You spend less time configuring the system, and more time on what’s important: creating awesome sound.

Call the shots.
You call the shots, not some PC. WheatNet-IP distributes the workload to all access points in the system for better overall network stability. Each WheatNet-IP BLADE access unit has its own embedded processor with operating system that allows it be a powerful standalone router or part of a larger system. WheatNet-IP is an embedded system that does not require outside intervention or control from 3rd party software running on PCs. The configuration of the entire network is stored in each BLADE.

Self-pruning multicast trees.
A lot of older IP audio networks don’t have a way to manage the multicast streams, which could require you having to periodically manage this yourself or getting a bigger, more expensive switch to handle the mounting volume of streams. Not WheatNet-IP, which uses technology that continually prunes unused source groupings from the network so that you never run out of switch or time having to delete unused channel assignments that are no longer in use.

Avoid costly system failures.
A distributed and intelligent network means no more centralized points of failure to go wrong, plus more points of recovery. Every WheatNet-IP BLADE access unit is self-aware, and can reconfigure itself in an emergency. In fact, each BLADE in the network can recover settings for your entire studio operation!

Stay ahead of the curve with Gigabit Ethernet architecture.
You might not be in a hurry now with 100mbps throughput, but we promise you’ll want the system that has 1 gigabit/second Ethernet throughput once you get your audio network up and running. All WheatNet-IP BLADEs use gigabit Ethernet. This makes all the difference in network throughput, near-zero delay, reliability – and a whole lot more.

Eliminate audio latency problems.
Finally, an audio IP system that can keep up with audio, which means your automation system won’t ever drop a satellite feed or skip a commercial because of delay again. Gigabit Ethernet is why.

Get more on the network for less cost.
Some IP audio nodes are mere input/output devices. Each WheatNet-IP BLADE I/O access unit, by comparison, comes standard with routable utility mixers for mixing, summing and controlling audio in lieu of costly DAs, plus newer BLADE-3s include a multi-band stereo processor for “spot” processing satellite feeds, headphone audio, web streams or any audio feed routed throughout the network. Also included in our new BLADE-3 access units is embedded audio playback that can be used to put emergency audio on the air, and much, much more. With all that functionality built in, WheatNet-IP can save you substantially in hardware costs alone.

Get way more for less.
We’re talking full-featured routable mixers, stereo processor and automation control in each BLADE-3 I/O unit , so operators can pan audio, turn channels ON/OFF, set fader levels, and do audio fades, ducking, source assignments – and lots more. The possibilities are mind-boggling.

Expand your network at any time, for less.
With control and intelligence built into every WheatNet-IP BLADE I/O access unit, you already have most of the networkability you need to grow with the times.

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