Tieline Technologies

Cumulus Transition to High Quality Remotes with Report-IT

By Bryan Waters

IT Manager, Cumulus Colorado Springs

  --- Cumulus Colorado Springs Bryan Waters right with Bill Douglass left

Bill Douglass (left) Engineering Asst. & Bryan Waters

Cumulus Colorado Springs IT Manager/Asst. Engineer

We had been looking for an alternative to the RF Marti units used by our FM stations for remotes because we were encountering difficulties due to topographical shielding caused by mountains in Colorado Springs, CO. We found that the Marti units almost always sounded like you’re “cooking bacon” in the background.

No one wanted to do client interviews over a standard cell phone call; clients pay good money for a live broadcast and low bandwidth cell-phone audio quality would not have been acceptable.

Our Solution: We decided to build some ‘remote Report-IT boxes’. We purchased four  Pelican  1120  cases, one for each of our FM stations, and then modified the cases with an external XLR and ¼” jack for a mic and headphones. We wired our external plugs to IK Multimedia iRig PREs to give us a balanced mic input into our iPhones. This feeds out to our headphone jack as well for monitoring.

We  were  able  to  flush  mount everything  using  the  standard foam  inserts  which  come  with the  Pelican cases and hid all the wires underneath. We  set the  iPhones  to  only  show  the Report-IT app to simplify it as much as possible for all our DJs. We connect two of  the boxes using Bridge-IT IP audio codecs, and the other two using a dual program configuration on a Commander G3 rack unit. We hard-wired the units directly to studios, as well as to a patch bay to route to production rooms as required.

It makes a wonderful portable box that is easy to use and still maintains the complete look and feel of a normal remote broadcast.

Thanks to the modern technology of Tieline’s Report-IT app, as well as a solid “jock  proof” case, we have been able to separate ourselves from our competition with studio quality live broadcasts, with no bulky broadcast equipment needed.
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