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Lightning 100 Puts Telos Z/IP One to Work

“Being able to broadcast live music from anywhere is just super-cool”

In Radio World’s Aug. 3 issue, the Buyer’s Guide section focuses on audio transport, including codecs and STLs.

Engineering live remote broadcasts runs in the Hansen family. 

Tom Hansen has engineered hundreds of live broadcasts from commercial remotes and live music venues, including a dozen years at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. As chief engineer for Tuned In Broadcasting, he drove it transition from ISDN-connected Telos Zephyr codecs to Telos Z/IP One IP codecs

Now that Tom is VP for sales and marketing at the company’s WRLT(FM) in Nashville, his son Collin Hansen is its remote broadcast tech.

“I set up live remote broadcasts for Lightning 100,” Collin says. 

“These are usually long-form shows with live bands. Nashville has some amazing live music venues like the SkyDeck at Fifth and Broadway. That’s where these pictures were taken.”

Lightning Casey at the mic.

“We also originate ‘Nashville Sunday Night’ from 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill. My dad and others have engineered those broadcasts since the ISDN days, but we’ve been using Telos Z/IP Ones over the internet since 2014.”

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Collin set up the broadcast from the National Moonshine Day Shine Fest in May. 

“The Z/IP One did a great job. We remote-control our automation system back at the studio over the same internet connection that we’re using for the Z/IP One.”

At the SkyDeck remote. The codec is in the travel rack at lower left.

What about prep work for broadcasting from a new location? 

“I work with the venue to get appropriate internet connectivity for our Telos Z/IP One. Usually we use wired internet at the venue, but sometimes we adapt from their W-iFi, or we use our own Wi-Fi hotspot if we need to. We’ll typically set the Z/IP One for 128 or 256 kilobits per second using the AAC Low Delay codec. It depends on whether we’re wired or using Wi-Fi.

“You can take a board feed from the venue and run that into the Z/IP One. Then, pick it up at the other end with the Z/IP One there, and it sounds great. As long as you have a reasonable internet connection it’s going to work well. Being able to broadcast live music from anywhere is just super-cool.”