At Faith and Friends Radio (www.faithandfriendsradio.com, or
www.ffradio.streamon.fm ), the way we handle remotes depends the several circumstances. Most often, I (engineer) do not go out on the remote (and yes, there have been a couple times when I really regretted that).
Our typical setup is either a Bluepack (JK Audio) cell phone connection via a Telos unit in the station or a Barix Instreamer/Extreamer setup. In the Barix situation, we have a Cradlepoint MBR1000 router that works great with a Verizon modem (Novatel U551).
This establishes our connection to the internet. Our Barix connects (wired) to this router. Our remote computer is a laptop connected either wired or wireless to the Cradlepoint router. We run Logmein on the on air machine back at the station and on the remote
laptop and connect from the laptop to the on air that way. With Logmein, the remote team has full control over the on AudioVault Flex air machine as if they were sitting at the computer. Our Axia IQ system even gives us control over everything on the console
via a browser link from the on air machine into the iQ COR itself. The only thing we cannot control remotely is the channel faders so we have to make sure all faders we might use are pulled up and ready. We typically pull up more than one fader to have it
ready just in case (and in one case, it was a good thing we did because the fader on the console suddenly developed ‘issues’ and we went over to another fader and kept going)
If we are doing a bluepack cell connection to the station, we still use the remote laptop to control the on air system in most cases.
About the only times we have someone at the console for a remote is if 1) our internet connection is weak and unreliable (we historically know where these locations are and we plan accordingly) or 2) our remote
team is ‘on the move’ going from place to place and it is just not logistically feasible for them to set up a laptop to remote into the on air and control it. In this case we typically invoke the Bluepack cell phone option. The quality of the Bluepack-Cell
connection is not as good as going through the Barix but it does get the job done.
So far these scenarios have worked well for us. One of these days if we’re financially blessed to do so, we’ll look into other more technically advanced solutions like the Zip One or one of the Comrex systems
That being said, if possible we always try to have someone available to make an emergency dash to the station if needed.
Wells of Salvation Studio
Faith And Friends Radio (www.faithandfriendsradio.com)
From: Terry Cowan <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 11:55 AM
Subject: Re: [CRTech] Remote Broadcasts
I go out and set up the remote. We are using Marti RPU equipment so it takes a little more know-how. We have on occasion used a Barix encoder over internet. We have also done remotes using 3 "Marti" hops and of course we pre-test to make sure every repeater
We use a computer at the remote site to control the studio automation. Remote site can change, add, delete songs, start, stop etc. Audio is played from the studio computer...remote is just control. Remote computer turns remote mic on/off at the studio.
Remote computer connects either via internet or dial-up phone line.
On 04/17/18 07:52, Rick Smith wrote:
Hey all! It was nice meeting those of you that were at the NAB dinner last week!
I was hoping to ask this of those that were there, and just didn't get a chance, so I thought I'd throw it out here. I have a station manager that wanted me to reach out to other stations and ask them about remote broadcasts...
Specifically if you send an engineer any time you do a remote broadcast?
Now for some background. We used to not send engineers for remote broadcasts but the talent was having issues with the cell connections and it became easier to send an engineer. Now they are wanting a studioless remote (meaning
control of automation and console at the remote event). We have the technology to do this, however it makes the setup that much more complicated (not only remote codecs, but now computers to control automation and console). I've already got the caveat,
that while this may less us do it without some in the control room, we'll still want someone in the studio listening so that if the cell connection fails (especially after they pause the automation system), someone is there and listening to get us back on
So with all that, I guess the questions I have are:
If you do remotes, are you only sending back remote audio, or do you have a full control system?
And then it would be helpful to know if you send an engineer out with the remote team?
Thanks for any information and insight!!
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