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Wilbraham Public Access Sets Monitoring Standards

Improved audio monitoring

Anthony Aube, executive director of Wilbraham Public Access Cable TV

Wilbraham Public Access is a town-operated television station that produces a diverse range of content concentrating on ultra-local programming, keeping the community informed through Television Cable Cast and video-on-demand streaming.

Recently, WPA acquired a Blackmagic Design Audio Monitor, an audio and video monitoring solution with audio meters, a built-in LCD for monitoring video sources, 6G-SDI in, HDMI 4K output, balanced XLR analog audio, balanced AES/EBU digital audio, consumer-level HiFi audio inputs and more.

At WPA, it’s essential to calibrate everything in the workflow all the way to broadcast. Blackmagic’s Audio Monitor allows the local access channel to toggle between the unit’s multiple inputs on the fly to monitor several sources at once. WPA finds this useful, as well as its 1 RU size, especially when installed in a flypack for remote productions.

Crisp and clean audio is always a must, and the large audio meters ensure the audio engineer can keep the levels in check. A bonus is the unit’s video confidence monitor. A permanent fixture in the Master Control Room, WPA plans to add another Audio Monitor for upcoming productions, such as a co-produced melanoma-awareness show “Skin Talk” and an antique road race reenactment called “Hill Climb.”