Wireless IP Remote Broadcasting via 3G Broadband Cellular a New Reality for St Louis Radio Show.
- Tieline Codecs Are The First to Combine Programming, Live Callers and a Range of IFB Options Over POTS, ISDN and Wireless Networks
St. Louis - (July 26, 2006) - Oh, the dreaded early morning phone call. -
Chief engineers everywhere know it and hate it, but Tieline Technology has found a way a way to give your audio folks a little more sleep in the morning, even on the day of a live remote. And while they are hitting the snooze button they can rest assured that their wireless IP remotes are able to utilize the latest in 3G broadband cellular technology.
Clear Channel St. Louis Chief Engineer Christian Vang found out first hand when he gave the Tieline Technology G3 field and studio codecs a baptism by fire by sending them out on a live remote by the popular Majic 104.9 (KMJM-FM) Tony Scott and the New Breakfast Crew.
The verdict on the Tieline codec was summed by best by the morning show's own audio tech Bill Smith: "Christian, this is cool! I didn't have to call anybody to get this working."
Smith and Vang are busy men as each Thursday Scott, a morning personality legend in STL or "The Lou", takes his show into the community and broadcasts live from an area non-profit operation. During the show he will have local businessman on-air to talk about their enterprises.
Vang and Smith had been using codecs from other companies and the results had not satisfied them.
"We had yet to have a successful remote with the other gear," said Vang.
Enter the Commander G3, the first codec to combine programming, live callers and a range of IFB options over IP, POTS, ISDN and wireless networks. The Commander G3 can take advantage of 3G enabled cell phones and deliver FM-quality mono and stereo audio for remote broadcasts and this was the method that Vang and Smith used.
On this particular morning the road show was at the YWCA Head Start program in Kirkwood. Smith, affectionately called "Shoe", was out at the site at 4 a.m. setting up for the four-hour broadcast which would start at 5 a.m. Vang, on purpose, decided to let Smith see what he could do with the codec by himself.
"I lingered on purpose and arrived at 4:45," said Vang. "He already had it dialed up and had it connected. The first he said to me was ‘Christian this is cool! I didn't have to call anybody.' That is huge for us."
The remote was done with Vang's Verizon wireless card plugged into a router.
"It worked phenomenally. I really liked it a lot," said Vang.
"The nice thing for the remote tech is that the unit had a front panel display and you can see the quality of your connection," said Vang.
The front panel display is key for Vang as that means the codec, unlike others they have used, doesn't have to be hooked up to a laptop.
"I can't expect to send a laptop out with a codec every time we do a remote," said Vang.
The Commander G3 set-up and connected with ease, but what about the audio quality? Vang did the easiest test possible ... he walked out to his car during the show.
"The audio quality was excellent," said Vang.
In fact the audio quality was so good that Vang and Smith noticed something they hadn't ever heard while doing remotes with other gear - they could hear room noise.
"It was very nice to have a codec that was not garbling up the audio. The remote with the Commander G3 sounded very natural with good clarity. It even sounded great on HD," said Vang.
For Vang and Smith, this came from a history where remotes equaled sketchy audio quality or as Vang said with laugh "this codec just didn't sound like Hell on the air!"
Even with hit or miss IP service in the St. Louis, Vang prefers to get his remotes up and running over the ‘Net because "the sound is so much better."
Even though experience has taught audio engineers that every IP thing you do is going to have some glitchy moments, the back-up gear on June 1, brought along in case the Tieline's faltered, sat unused in their cases.
Smith summed it up by telling Vang: "This thing is just so easy, it is not like any other IP codec we tried."
For Vang, it was nice to just not get an early-morning call the day of a remote.
"When it's 4 a.m., I really don't want a phone call," said Vang with a laugh.
About Audio over IP
The audio over IP capability allows stations to connect reliably over the Internet and deliver FM-quality mono and stereo audio for remote broadcasts.
"Audio over IP is the next big remote broadcast revolution," said Tieline American General Manager Kevin Webb. "The Internet is much cheaper and a more readily available network than traditional broadcasting mediums such as ISDN and digitial-leased lines."
The new IP software has been integrated into the Tieline Commander G3 field codec and the i-Mix G3 codec. Broadcasters can even go wireless over 802.11 wi-fi and wi-max wireless networks.
"If the venue or remote broadcast has a DHCP LAN which can access a broadband Internet service, then all you need to do is connect the codec to the LAN port, dial the studio and you're on the air. It's that simple," said Webb. "Even if the venue does not have a corporate LAN, many of the latest DSL routers have the ability to assign an IP address to equipment and you can attach the codec to a LAN port on the DSL router."
Tieline is the first company to offer in one codec multiple connections over multiple networks with POTS, ISDN, GSM and the new wired and wireless IP options.
"Broadcasters can now plug into a network wherever they are and deliver broadcast-quality audio back to the studio in near real time," said Webb. "The best news is that broadcasters do not have to buy any new equipment as the Commander G3 and i-Mix G3 codecs were designed for easy upgrades such as the addition of the audio of IP functions."
About Commander G3
Tieline Commander G3 field and studio rack mount codecs are first to offer broadcasters a choice of high quality, low delay live audio and data transfer over POTS analog telephone lines, ISDN, GSM wireless and IP networks. Commander G3 codecs can be configured before you send it to the remote broadcast site so all the talent has to know is how to plug in power, a telco line, an audio input and then dial a number. Commander G3 is the first codec to feature two expansion slots which accept your choice of hardware and software modules.
About i-Mix G3
The i-Mix G3 is the world's most advanced radio and television codec, commentary, communications and control interface feature audio over POTS, ISDN, GSM and IP. The i-Mix G3 combines six essential live remote broadcast products into one box weighing just four pounds. Designed live event broadcasting specialists, the i-Mix G3 is a talk show, sports, music and live event dream machine. The i-Mix G3 offers broadcasters 15kHz mono/stereo over ISDN and POTS plus up to 14kHz over GSM and 20kHz uncompressed stereo over IP networks.
About Tieline Technology
Tieline Technology (www.tieline.com) is the world's leading supplier of high-quality remote broadcast digital audio codecs. In fact, the company derives its name from the popularity of its award-winning codec line as the company changed its corporate moniker in 2001 from Audio Video Communications (AVC) to Tieline Technology. The switch to Tieline from AVC was just another positive step for a company that has enjoyed a sterling reputation among its customers since its founding in 25 years ago in Australia. Tieline Technology today is supported by a global distribution network spanning the Americas, Europe, UK, Africa, Asia, Middle East and Australasia.
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