The Wheatstone LXE is a fully programmable digital system, meaning that WONC students for the first time are going from a digital database through which they program their shows to a digital automation system to make those shows happen. With minimal effort, they can pre-set broadcasts, make microphone adjustments, adjust the sound dynamics of what’s playing, communicate with colleagues on location, and queue up phone calls. The previous console was an analog device, so now all the equipment speaks the same language.
DeWitz explained that the transition to the new system has been largely smooth, thanks to the similarities in configuration between the old and new consoles.
“There wasn’t much of a learning curve,” he said. “Students can say, ‘I used it this way before and everything’s really the same—it just looks different and it’s much higher quality.’”