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Workstation Audio Control 2.1

Emergency Management Operator Spencer Hawkins
Orlando, FL

Customer Review

"The system is extremely beneficial to our guests and citizens, as it provides up-to-date, recorded information that is useful and valuable."      

Jennifer Kirkland, Interim Director
Vail Public Safety Communications Center, CO

In Vail, twin Information Stations are strategically positioned to cover local streets and the I-70 corridor, as it travels through the well-known resort community. The programming is managed by computer and distributed to the stations across the city’s fiber optic system.

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Workstation Audio Control (WAC), which functions as an audio source for Information Radio Stations, allows onscreen control of high quality broadcast messages from a single, dedicated workstation and/or across a network. WAC enables natural audio recordings, text-to-speech generation, broadcast audio processing, visual audio editing, scheduled playlist changes and event logging.

The system includes a configurable PC with factory setup and custom software suite for drag-and-drop message control specifically designed for Information Radio Stations. WAC works in conjunction with an optional studio package to manage creation, visual editing and up to 3,000 hours of audio of high quality, recorded, or text-to-speech broadcast messages. This unique package allows “one-stroke message processing” to produce the best broadcast message quality and sound intensity. It also provides the creation of preset groupings of messages that may be immediately put on the air in emergencies, prescheduled program changes, as well as time-based event logging to document which messages are being broadcast at a given moment in time.

Features in Edition 2.1 include program control via remote interface *, integrated live microphone and playlist creation/editing in an off-line programming mode. The hardware package and optional software suite are detailed below. The high quality audio output can be interfaced to transmitter systems via Wireless Audio Link, leased line, distribution amp or direct feed. The package also includes an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and power surge arrestor system.

WAC 2.1 retrofits to any ALERT AM or Information Station system. It works in conjunction with telephone message control and automatic NOAA “all hazards” override from the ALERT AM’s NX8R ** Digital Message Player. Retrofit packages include all hardware, software, cables, preprogramming, uninterruptible power supply, illustrated instruction manual and user interface tools.  Illustrated instruction manuals come with every station, and we offer technical support for the life of the product 24/7.

Bill Baker (phone 616.772.2300 x102) will help you plan your station, select options and can provide a formal quote.
Hardware ***
  • Uninterruptible power supply.
  • Cables and software interface tools.
  • Complete, configured PC with . . .
  • Windows 7 Professional operating system.
  • Gigabit integrated network interface card.
  • 16X DVD-ROM.
  • 250GB operating system hard drive.
  • 1TB hard drive for recordings.
  • 4GB RAM.
  • Dual Core processor.
  • ASI 5111 audio card.
  • Live audio mixer (internal).
  • 22" wide flat screen monitor.
  • Keyboard.
  • Mouse.
  • Power surge arrestor.
  • Headset.
  • Complete factory setup.
  • Rack-mount option.
Optional software suite for broadcast recording, processing, archiving and uploading as well as playlist creation and text-to-speech capability:
  • One-stroke audio processing and optimization for highest AM broadcast quality, intelligibility and signal distance via audio management software for recording, graphic editing:
  • Allows storage and drag/drop control of 3,000 hrs of
      broadcast .WAV messages from an active PC control screen.
  • Unlimited number of broadcast messages in library.
  • 1-10 broadcast messages in rotation on screen.
  • Unlimited number of messages may be broadcast in rotation.
  • Unlimited number of message playlists may be created/stored.
  • Message scheduling by date and time.
  • Text-to-speech module for broadcast message creation from imported or typed text.
  • Headset and mic.

Tech Support

  • Remote support for the life of the product.
  • Optional installation, training and certification.

(*) Remote Interface

While the remote interface does include most of the functions and features of the host system, certain features are not enabled, such as, live microphone and production mode (playlist creation and editing without broadcast interruption).

(**) NX8RTM Digital Message Player

Workstation Audio Control V2.1 is recommended for use with the
NX8R Digital Message Player. NX8R has 2 input channels, which allows NOAA All-Hazards/Weather Radio as the second live input source.

(***) Warranty

Hardware by Dell has a 3-year, onsite warranty with next-day service. The software has 1-year email support. The Audio Science sound card has a 1-year manufacturer warranty. Upon delivery, we provide 1 year of phone support (24 hours/7 days a week) technical staff for operation and troubleshooting all Work Station Audio Control hardware and software. Warranty is void should the configuration of components, hardware or software be modified (modified with respect to their operating environment) subsequent to delivery.
Sample Software Screens 
Active On-Air Info & Message Library Screen Scheduling Screen - Day/Time Schedule Screen - Date/Time Message Management Screen
Screen Showing Active On-Air Info (left) & Message Library (right) Screen to Schedule Message Playlists by Day/Time Screen to Schedule Message Playlists by Date/Time Message Management Software Screen for  Recording & Visual Editing
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Information Radio Stations is a generic term synonymous with Travelers Information Stations (TIS), Highway Advisory Radio Stations (HAR) / Highway Information Systems & Low Power Radio Stations (LPR). Operation of the stations is governed by FCC Part 90.242 Rules. A FCC license is required. Information Radio Stations may be fixed or portable. Subcomponents may include transmitter, antenna and ground system, digital voice player, wateter, cabinet with conventional or Corbin locks, lightning arrestors for RF, power and telephone lines, coaxial cable. Most stations employ black maximized antennas to discourage ice accumulation and security measures to prevent unauthorized program access. Options include synchronization, battery backup, solar power, remote programming by local, network or telco, multi-station audio distribution via RF or LAN / WAN or wireless network.