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Mar232018

TWiRT 388 - Open Broadcaster with Rob Hopkins

Low-budget and community broadcasters are using free, open-source software to run many aspects of their broadcast operations.  Take a listen to CJUC-FM, for example.  Using local PCs or cloud-based operations, community stations can air quality programming, with either local or remote hosts. They can also fulfill both the letter and spirit of emergency broadcast requirements.  Audio and video streaming are important aspects as well. Rob Hopkins, founder of Open Broadcaster, joins Chris and Kirk to talk about the possibilities and and what Yukon broadcasters are doing right now with this technology.

Show Notes:
Open Broadcaster - Free Open Source Internet Radio Automation Software
Open Broadcaster - Emergency Alert System Player
Video about LPFM and IPTV using Open Broadcaster
CJUC-FM Radio, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

Guest:
Rob Hopkins - Radio Enthusiast at Open Broadcaster

Hosts:
Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist
Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

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Saturday
Mar172018

TWiRT 387 - Studio & Show Lighting with Brett Gilbert

More of us radio engineers are being called upon to provide adequate lighting for new venues.  Many stations are building live performance studios. Others are putting cameras in the control rooms.  Whether it’s for a live audience or a video camera, talent needs good lighting to be seen - in a good light.  Brett Gilbert with iHeartMedia in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been lighting up stages since high school. He shares a couple decades of hands-on knowledge with Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack.

(Extensive) Show Notes - Courtesy of Brett Gilbert:

Elation is 'pro/touring' grade:  www.elationlighting.com

American DJ is the 'pro-sumer/DJ' grade:  www.adj.com

www.chauvetprofessional.com (pro/touring grade)

www.chauvetdj.com (pro-sumer/DJ grade)

Blizzard Lighting - more of a pro-sumer/DJ grade:  www.blizzardlighting.com

High-End Systems which was recently purchased by ETC Lighting:   www.highend.com

Control Software suggestions:

iPad control software:  http://www.synthe-fx.com/

Used with Enttec OpenDMXEthernet:  https://www.enttec.com/us/products/controls/dmx-over-ethernet/ode-poe-mk2-open-dmx-with-power-over-ethernet/

M-PC (formerly Martin, now Elation new website coming soon):  Software is free for up to 4 Universes of DMX:

https://www.martin.com/en-us/product-details/m-pc

You can buy add-on software from Ricard Dias who wrote software to allow USB MIDI devices to control the software: http://ricardo-dias.com/mpctools/

MA Lighting has their MA Dot2 PC which allows one free universe of DMX

http://www.malighting.com/en/news-references/news/news-details/1169_dot2-software-1-2-2-8-released.html

https://www.ma-dot2.com/en/software-download/

These software packages work with fixture libraries and profiles so the software communicates in real world controls like red, green, blue, etc.  Some of the real cheap DMX controllers that just have faders and a DMX output will just work like controlling an AoIP system with the raw streams, they don't organize the channels into meaningful groups.  If you just had 4 channels of light bulbs on a dimmers with four faders it would make sense, but with a DMX fixture where you might have 20 channels controlling one fixture on individual faders it can be like a needle in a haystack.

Some various lighting groups:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/lightingtrainer/

http://www.lightnetwork.com/index.php

https://www.facebook.com/groups/584412254990472/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/the.light.project/

Guest:

Brett Gilbert - Broadcast Engineer, Sound Engineer, Lighting Designer

Hosts:
Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist
Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting


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TWiRT 387 - Studio & Show Lighting with Brett Gilbert

Friday
Mar092018

TWiRT 386 - Pirates and Snowcats with Nick Straka

Ahoy, matey! Thar be pesky pirates in New York, Boston, and Philly! Nick Straka is a contract and consulting engineer in the New York City area.  He builds and maintains licensed FM transmitter sites, plus he tracks down the pirate broadcasters who interfere with them.

Guest:
Nick Straka - Owner NS Radio Engineering, Inc.

Hosts:
Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

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Sunday
Mar042018

TWiRT 385 - Live from the NRB in Nashville

You’d think the National Religious Broadcasters convention would be lacking engineers in attendance. Well, I thought that - and I was wrong.  They’re here!  Lots of ‘em!  We’re live from the expo hall at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, meeting and talking with broadcast engineers and engineering reps.

Guests:
Buck Waters - Manager at Broadcasters General Store
Tim Kochis - President, Tim Joseph & Company - Chief Engineer, WSMC
Jacob Daniluck - Tieline USA
Gary Liebisch - Nautel
Matt Leland - Burk Technology
Jordan Bitz - Chief Engineer, Barefoot Media Ministries
Bill Condo - Founder at HustleWorks
Tony Peterle - WorldCast
Travis Tibbot - Broadcasters General Store

Hosts:
Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist
Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

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Thursday
Feb222018

TWiRT 384 - Radio Trends with Doug Irwin

Between accommodating the Television Repack and Norway’s Public analog FM stations going dark, what’s a poor FM transmitter to do?  Radio Magazine’s Editor, Doug Irwin, talks about these topics along with changing workflows with on-demand radio programming and streaming media.

Guest:
Doug Irwin CPBE, DRB, AMD - Vice President of Engineering, iHM/ Los Angeles Region

Show Links:
NAB Report: FM Stations Affected by the 2017 TV Band Repacking Plan
TV Repack—And Its FM Impact—Will Hit First In Puerto Rico
Note To FM’s Affected By Repack: Get An Aux Tower Site
2 Megawatts on 540 kHz - Maybe AM Radio is Alive and Well?
Producing On-Demand Radio Content (Futuri)
Workflow Tools for Turning Streaming into On-Demand Contend (StreamGuys)

Hosts:
Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist
Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

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