BW Broadcast Ltd will be attending the International Broadcasters Convention in Amsterdam. It is held at the RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre between 13th and 17th September.
IBC is the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide. It combines a highly respected and peer-reviewed conference with an exhibition that exhibits more than 1400 leading suppliers of state of the art electronic media technology and provides unrivalled networking opportunities.
BW Broadcast will continue their success of showcasing the award-winning new range of V2 FM Transmitters. With simple maintenance features such as slide-in power supplies and Gold-Clamp transistors the range has been very popular with engineers. See for your self why V2 transmitters are so popular on booth E74 in Hall 8. Also on show will be other BW Broadcast ranges including Audio Processors, FM Receivers, RDS Encoders and more.
Don’t miss out on meeting the team and being involved in this inspirational global gathering of innovation and talent. Using the code 11752 you can register for the show for Free!
“Audio processing is a very personal art – often what sounds good to one person will make another cringe. But at its base, broadcast processing is about producing a tight but clean audio package”.
A Station in Need
Dana Puopolo, Chief Engineer at WURD not only found a processor that does the job, but one that is easy on the budget too. WURD Radio in Philadelphia is locally owned and operated and features a variety format based on talk but also running block and music programs. Dana found that the station radio, though very loud, sounded thin and quite distorted.
“Initially I suspected the old audio processor as the problem, some major problems with the 15 kHz analog audio line did not help. Once we dealt with the program lines the sound became quite a bit better, but just not right”.
After speaking with a friend I met at NAB, he suggested I try his new AM Audio Processor, the DSPXmini-AM. I told him that I had only a limited amount of money and a lot of projects pending, but when he told me the list price, my curiosity was aroused. How good can a processor this cheap sound?
A Very Quick Install
When the demonstration unit arrived, I immediately put it on line. The setup was quick and easy. Once the DSPXmini-AM was operating (Which took a total of about 10 minutes from opening the box to getting it in the rack and ready to listen), I went out to the car and checked it out. I could not believe what I was hearing; the station truly had been transformed. The audio was loud – very loud – but was not distorted at all. There was no apparent pumping of any other artefacts, just very loud and incredibly clean signal. That includes the low end. There was a lot of very clean bass.
Running well with the Specifics
My little 1kW station now is about 4 dB louder than the class A 50kW stations here in Philly. No one can touch it either in loudness or quality. The DSPXmini-AM also increased the station’s range by over 20 miles. Every staff member can hear improvement over the old processor, as can many local engineers. Now to some specifics: the basic processor is comprised of a 40band AGC followed by a 4-band peak limiter followed by an output filter.
Four bands are ideal for AM where most energy is under 5 kHz. The presents are a good start – none of them will make your station sound bad. There are also 8 memories to store your own presets, and a real time clock to allow you to day part you’re processing. The DSPXmini-AM also features peak clipper that has a ‘finesse’ control that allows for the dynamic control of the clip depth – something I have never seen before on such a value processor.
The four-line alphanumeric DSPXmini-AM display tells you all that you need to know about what is going on under the hood. It can also be connected to the internet and controlled remotely with a computer.
The software comes with the processor. The DSPXmini-AM is a stereo unit, although for this particular installation station I only needed one channel. All the connections are via XLR connectors or the RJ45 plug. This is truly a breakthrough product. There is nothing under $2500 that can touch it. It is 100% digital, stable as a rock and sounds great. What have you got to lose, except your bad on air audio?
Streaming your radio station online is now a necessity to provide your listeners with as many possible ways to ‘tune in’. With the popularity of on-demand services growing, and 3/4G coverage extending radio stations can’t afford not to have an online stream. Thankfully, with the right equipment and streaming provider it is very simple to get your station online.
Step 1 – Process the Audio Correctly
The first consideration is audio processing – online streaming has very different requirements to broadcast processing for FM. There is no pre-emphasis, 15kHz low pass filtering or composite clipping. A station faces two choices, buy a dedicated streaming processor, or find a broadcast processor with dual processing paths.
The DSPX-FM is one such processor, with a composite output to feed the stations FM transmitter and analog and digital AES/EBU either of which can feed the web stream. Dual processing paths allow the web stream to be processed simultaneously, with full 20Hz-20kHz output. The FM analogue path has a multi-band distortion-controlled clipper, while the second path, tapped via analogue and AES/EBU digital output connectors, incorporates a bit rate optimized, look-ahead limiter. The included 16 factory presets, as well as intuitive local and remote interfaces help you get your DSPX-FM setup fast. Whether you are a processing novice or expert, you’ll easily achieve a signature sound for your station’s format – both over FM and online.
Step 2 – Convert to an IP Audio Stream
Once your audio has been processed and ready to distribute, you will need to use an IP audio encoder to convert the audio to a digital IP stream. There are many ways to do this, from dedicated hardware to software solutions that run on a PC or Mac. Our suggestion is a dedicated hardware solution such as the Sonifex PS-Send. It has no moving parts and is passively cooled so is ultra reliable and doesn’t require any maintenance.
The PS-SEND has balanced analog and AES/EBU inputs which allow simple connection to the DSPX-FM. All the configuration settings for the unit are accessed via a local web-server built into it and it supports G.711, WAV and MP3 Layer 1/2 codecs.
Step 3 – Choose a Streaming Radio Provider
The hardest part of getting a station online is choosing a streaming radio provider – there are so many options available. Each have different packages and website integration options and it can seem impossible to compare each to decide which is right for your station. As well as the features each provider offers, it is important to consider service uptime records, and support options should you have any issues.
We’ve done the hard work for you, after testing many options BW Broadcast has partnered with Wavestreaming as we feel they offer the best combination of features, value and support for professional broadcasters. Established in 2004, Wavestreaming has grown to become a market leader in online radio; providing broadcasting solutions to over 5000 stations worldwide.
Their audio streaming services and embeddable radio players enable a multitude of clients including commercial radio stations, DJs, record labels, religious and charitable organisations, sport & news broadcasters and media companies, to easily broadcast to their audiences. Wavestreaming’s network of strategically located servers provide an uptime of 99.9%, ensuring constant 24/7 connectivity to your listeners. The server capability is strengthened by their close partnership with SHOUTcast. Used by over 50,000 radio stations worldwide, SHOUTcast is the industry standard platform for stations who want to broadcast online.
Firstly, you’ll need to choose the level of service you want. Their packages priced at $29 to $99 per month are designed to suit most small to mid sized stations but can be indefinitely scaled as a station grows. Larger enterprise solutions are also available and Wavestreaming’s internet radio packages provide you with all the bandwidth and speed you’ll ever need, whether you are a local station or an internationally recognised brand.
Once you have selected and purchased the package that’s right for you, you will be given access to Wavepanel, Wavestreaming’s custom software which is your control centre for managing your station. Once you are set up, a web player can be easily customised and embedded into any existing website. You can even broadcast directly onto your Facebook page or straight to your listeners iPhone.
Wavestreaming’s Advanced Features
Wavepanel has some incredibly powerful realtime analytics and tracking capabilities that enable you to gain valuable insights into your listeners. These stats allow you to identify trends and make more informed decisions about your listeners. Twitter integration is also available that automatically updates your followers with your ‘now playing’ information.
- 8 Year Track 99.9% Uptime Records
- Geo-location – Lets you see where your listeners are located
- Radio Directories & Apps – free listing (SHOUTcast, TuneIn, iTunes + more)
- Cross Platform Compatible – Tune in Online, iTunes, Windows Media, Winamp etc
- Player suite uses Latest HTML5 technology
- Works on mobile, tablet and desktop
- Customisable themes
- Easy Facebook integration
With their full suite of tools and unparalleled uptime, Wavestreaming make it easier than ever to get your station up and running online, whilst enabling you to seamlessly integrate with your existing systems.
They can even provide you with a range of free and custom training packages to get you quickly up to speed. Click the banner below for more information.