IP-based Studio Connections

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banjoradio
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IP-based Studio Connections

Post by banjoradio » Mon Nov 30, 2015 8:25 am

I am looking to connect 2 studios for live broadcasting (with 2 hosts - one in each location) via internet. Obviously, 2-way audio, low-latency, and audio quality are major concerns. Any suggestions on how to proceed?

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Re: IP-based Studio Connections

Post by kkiddkkidd » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:28 am

If low dollar is the word of the day... Skype. I have several stations using it for remotes and bringing in remote talent. It even works from cell phones but the latency is hit & miss. It is sometimes hard to tell who is in the studio and who is on the remote.

If you have some money to spend, any of the good 2-way IP codecs will work nicely.
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Re: IP-based Studio Connections

Post by Shane » Mon Nov 30, 2015 3:36 pm

kkiddkkidd wrote:... It is sometimes hard to tell who is in the studio and who is on the remote.
A bit of bass rolloff--I use whatever low cut filter is available on the mixer--makes it easier to tell who's on remote. If the quality is too good you could be faking it for all a given listener might know! :wink:
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Re: IP-based Studio Connections

Post by kkiddkkidd » Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:33 pm

Shane wrote:A bit of bass rolloff--I use whatever low cut filter is available on the mixer--makes it easier to tell who's on remote. If the quality is too good you could be faking it for all a given listener might know! :wink:
Our local Babe Ruth team went to the BR World Series a few years ago and a local station jumped in to broadcast their games. Only problem was that they didn't have any way to get the audio back... They hustled around and ordered a Tieline Bridge-It and Report-It package and we got it installed the day the team left.

The first night they called the game from the air conditioned comfort of the closed press box. By the 3rd inning the station had already had several people complaining on social media that they were in the studio faking the game and by the end of the game had people coming by the studio to complain. Of course the only person in the studio was the little blond weekend part timer but the "scandal" raged on.

The next day they opened the press box windows and sat in the sweltering south FL humidity but the natives were happy hearing the crowd noise... Ironically, the data connection crapped out about half way thru that game and they had to use a cell phone to do the rest of the game. Several people asked me what we did to make it sound "real"...

Proof that you _can_ make it sound TOO good.
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