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Subject: Remote Broadcasts
From: Tim Madeira <Tim@wrgn.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:18:52 -0400
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We always have someone in the studio when we do remotes. (it IS possible to do it without, but complicated...and somewhat nerve racking!)

We have done (and will do next month) a live broadcast of an hour long National Day of Prayer event) 
We used:
1. A laptop running Source Connect Now https://now.source-elements.com/#!/  FREE!
2. A Blue Icicle connected to the venue board line level out.  http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Icicle-Converter-Preamp/dp/B001EW5YQS (under $50)
3. Other end of Blue Icicle into USB on laptop.
4. Laptop running on hotspot from my android phone (hour long program used less that 1 gig of data.)

The audio quality was so good that we were even able to run music from the venue...something we could never do before because of the audio compression in Skype.

We have also done remotes using a Yeti Mic (USB) instead of the Blue Icicle connected to a board. Because the Yeti has dual capsules, I have even done interviews this way with both people face to face on one mic (just make sure your breath, or more important your interviewees breath, is fresh!)

This works amazingly well and can be done by one person with minimal training. (do you know how to use a web browser? Yes? Ok, your good to go!) Alright, slightly more complicated than that, but not much!


Tim Madeira
General Manager
2457 SR 118
Hunlock Creek, PA 18621

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From: Rick Smith <rsmith@newlifemedia.org>
To: CRTech <crtech@crtech.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:52:25 +0000
Subject: Remote Broadcasts

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 the air.  

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!!

Rick Smith

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