ScreenBuilder - Build Apps for Network Control

Why ScreenBuilder?

Broadcasters are tasked with doing a lot more with a lot less these days. Engineers have to find inventive solutions for delivery, streaming, routing, and processing, and are discovering that being able to create their own interfaces for specific applications results in perfect solutions for their modern studios.

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Wheatstone consoles range from analog mixers for traditional radio broadcast and production to elaborate digital/networked control surfaces capable of running extended facilities composed of multiple stations. But sometimes you have ideas for interfaces that don’t require a full-blown console - or a console at all.

For networked installations, the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network does things no other system can. Our BLADE-3 interfaces each have enough tools and smarts to be an entire radio station (up to the transmitter) in a single box. 

Network them, and you discover the myriad ways they can interact, providing an exceptionally powerful backbone and infrastructure that lets you do virtually anything you can think of.

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To tap the full potential of the Intelligent Network, Wheatstone offers ScreenBuilder - a virtual development software tool that lets you build control, routing, and monitoring interfaces that work with your PC or touchscreen tablets to literally create virtual surfaces and workflows customized to be EXACTLY what you need, EXACTLY where you need it.

Working with ScreenBuilder is straightforward. There are dozens of pre-built widgets including knobs, faders, timers, meters, and more that you can assemble into an interface and enable using its simple scripting wizard. 

Need custom graphics? No problem, create them, import them, and virtually enable them to do precisely what you need.  

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Need custom logic/control beyond the widgets? If you can write scripts, you can make ScreenBuilder do just about anything you need. Or tap the mind trust of ScreenBuilder experts and get the advice or help you need.

Once you’ve got your ScreenBuilder Screen, you can use it from anywhere there’s internet to interface with your network. So, having remote facilities in different geographic areas controlled from anywhere you happen to be that function exactly as you need is not only possible, but easy.

ScreenBuilder makes the most of your existing WheatNet-IP network by bringing cloud-based control and access to your AoIP network without having to invest in another new technology. It’s the smartest thing you can add to your Intelligent Network.

There's Nothing Else Like ScreenBuilder

WHEATSTONE VIRTUAL STUDIO TABLET 2560pxScreenBuilder faders, meters, labels, buttons, clocks, timers, and other widgets tie into function commands and elements on the WheatNet-IP audio network, which is a complete ecosystem of consoles, talent stations, I/O units, and accessories. At your fingertips are more than 50 different types of elements that can be connected together through the WheatNet-IP audio network, and countless third-party products that can be integrated into the network, including other networks that also are AES67 compatible.

Pictured to the left is an example of a Screen built for interaction with a specific piece of hardware. This screen uses contributions from Agile Broadcast's Chris Penny, Radio DNA's Rob Goldberg, and Wheatstone's Kelly Parker to create a news desk control environment that works directly with a Wheatstone TS-4 Talent Station, adding control and real-time RSS feeds. It's a perfect example of the cooperation between different folks to create something we refer to as physical augmented reality.

Below are examples of ScreenBuilder being used in live broadcast facilities in ways other than simply putting a console on a screen.

ScreenBuilder's ability to allow the author to adapt to virtually any piece of hardware or software means that the sky's the limit with what can be done.

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WBZ in Boston has ScreenBuilder interfaces at every desk in their open-broadcast environment. It makes interaction between the staff fast and intuitive.

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WBUR in Boston produces the Here & Now program. In the producer's booth is ScreenBuilder Screen with a layout of the interview table and controls for mics and audio production.

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Are you a ScreenBuilder or ConsoleBuilder power user? Register and log onto our Scripters Forum. This is a new meeting place for anyone interested in developing new screens and workflows for our WheatNet-IP audio network. Share scripts, screen shots and ideas with others also developing virtual news desks, control panels, and signal monitors.You’ll find documents, starter scripts and a whole knowledge base available to you for making customized screens like those pictured.

Click to register for our Scripters Forum (it's free)

Build Your Own

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ScreenBuilderEnvironTime was, if you wanted a customized studio you had to literally build it yourself. You needed rows of hardware, spools of cable, and a decent soldering iron. Today, with virtual development tools, you can add on a new studio using little more than a Windows tablet or screen and your existing IP audio infrastructure. 

ScreenBuilder talks to elements through a WheatNet-IP audio network control protocol known as ACI, as do third-party products such as automation systems that have ACI added. ScreenBuilder widgets come with basic software scripts for performing functions. For example, faders are able to adjust levels and switches can turn a microphone on or off. These can tie into LIOs anywhere in the network to control elements, and ScreenBuilder can set up routines to check the status of tallies and cross point connections to execute if/then commands.

ScreenBuilderScriptEditorScreenBuilder can query a fader to find out what source it’s connected to – and have the name automatically appear on the screen in front of you, eliminating having to manually identify and type in the source every time there’s a change.

ScreenBuilderScriptWizardWheatstone’s Script Wizard, which started as a script generator for general purpose buttons used in the WheatNet-IP network and has evolved as a basic script generator for ScreenBuilder, provides basic scripting. Creating customized program routines is often as easy as navigating a checklist of salvos, destinations and sources. For example, you can tell Script Wizard you want to monitor fader 1 on one of the two utility mixers in a specific BLADE (we’ll talk about these virtual mixers in a minute), and it writes that script for you automatically. For a little more customization, you can cut and paste an existing Wizard script into a work area and make any necessary modifications.

ScreenBuilderDeviceMapThese “starter” scripts can be useful for developing customized functions shared by stations and more complicated functions can be added using Boolean and other common commands familiar to anyone who has some programming experience. Scripts and all images for those scripts are self-contained in one file folder so they are easily transportable from one studio or one screen to the next.

ScreenBuilder can also use third party Windows apps that already exist. Instead of writing a script routine to capture a weather feed, for example, ScreenBuilder can ask third-party apps to do it for you. “All you really need to do is tell ScreenBuilder to watch the weather gal on this channel, get the weather and put it on the screen,” said Agile Broadcast’s Chris Penny, who has developed dozens of virtual interfaces for broadcast studios.

ScreenBuilder: Virtualize Your Workflow


New for 2.0: Now features scripting for capturing RSS news, sports and weather feeds.

Our ScreenBuilder app has virtual faders, meters, labels, buttons, clocks, timers, and other widgets that you can arrange on a PC screen to create your own custom control panels and touchscreens for control and monitoring. Add your own graphics and logos, even images. 

Custom panels made with ScreenBuilder have access to our complete AoIP network, the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network and all of the BLADEs, control surfaces, processors, and partner devices on it so you are only limited by your imagination. Once created, your custom panels and touchscreen interfaces can be password protected to prevent unauthorized manipulation of the special graphics and functions you've designed.

ScreenBuilder gives you unlimited control over your entire network. But more than that, you can use it to create dedicated screens that control specific things. Whatever your needs, ScreenBuilder can address them with ease.


Making Sense of the Virtual Studio:


Virtualization of the studio is WAY more than tossing a control surface on a touch screen. With today's tools, you can virtualize almost ANYTHING you want to do with your audio network. This free e-book illustrates what real-world engineers and radio studios are doing. Pretty amazing stuff.

  • Widgets include faders, knobs, buttons, graphics tools, clocks, timers, meters, and programmable events

  • Easy to use layout environment

  • Drag, drop and assign values to each widget

  • Completely scriptable

  • Control all aspects of your WheatNet-IP environment including all third party gear that's interfaced

  • Password protection

  • Use your own graphics

  • Access from anywhere

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SAVE Diffusion’s Rafael Dolmazan put together this screen which provides control over a live show, complete with specific console and automation functions.


This virtual control panel, also by SAVE Diffusion’s Rafael Dolmazon, is used by operators to assign sources to different destinations and to monitor the real-time status of a wide area network of WheatNet-IP audio network I/O BLADEs.


SAVE Diffusion used ScreenBuilder to create a touchscreen interface so 107.7 Sanef operators could easily select and target news updates to one or more areas of the broadcast network.


Henrik Poulsen from Denmark created this screen to control routing to multiple transmitter sites.


Chris Penny of Agile Broadcast in Australia developed this virtual producer workstation using ScreenBuilder. The producer can bring IFB in to the right channel of a host/guest headphone by simply pressing on their chair. The ‘dot’ in front of the chairs (on the desk) lights up to show the mic is switched ON. Buttons to the right give the producer full monitoring of all outside broadcast lines in the facility, and he or she can talk to any remote talent by pressing the IFB button for the desired line.


This is a screen from Macquarie Media, Parliament House News Bureau, Canberra, Australia. The newsbooth is based on the M4IP-USB four channel mic processor, which cleans up and levels mic, phone and TV sources. Play and record for the NewsBoss newsroom automation is done via USB direct to the M4IP-USB mic processor. An eight-channel AoIP driver is used. Screen courtesy Chris Penny from Agile Broadcast.


This screen runs at Croc Media, a major Australian sports content provider. It shows the provider’s five-studio distribution complex, with the audio feeds and control signal heading towards the satellite uplink. Croc Media has Wheatstone E-1 control surfaces with ScreenBuilder screens in each studio for delegation and contribution codec control. Distribution codecs are Tieline Genie with WheatNet-IP included. Audio and control signals, including network pulses and codec status, are sent bidirectionally between WheatNet-IP and the codec. Screen courtesy Chris Penny from Agile Broadcast.


This is a news workstation based on an M4IP-USB. Two workstations are hosted per M4IP-USB. This allows the same mixer and automatic gain features, multiple source selectors, one-touch record to the Newsboss PC, fully mixing intercom, TV remote control, and room monitoring selection. Screen courtesy Chris Penny from Agile Broadcast.


IMG World Chief Engineer Ben Blevins designed this customized interface as "a little all-in-one access panel, so we can have access to everybody at once as a sort of intercom, complete with our own headphone mix to monitor all that is going on and to drive the show where it’s going next."


This  window into the everyday operation of radio is made possible because of RadiOhio Director of Engineering Greg Armstrong, Staff Engineer Tyler Stark and ScreenBuilder.


This virtual control panel for KUPD-FM, Phoenix, by RadioDNA's Rob Goldberg, provides easy control and indication of the station’s program flow, including salvo selection and delay control.


This screen in the Hubbard Phoenix rack room, also by Rob Goldberg, provides easy touchscreen access to the group’s assortment of codecs for its five studios. Included are monitoring and talkback buttons for set up and testing of remotes.

ScreenBuilder Extends WheatNet-IP 's Power To Almost Anything You Can Imagine


With WheatNet-IP BLADE-3s, you get a virtual rack room in a 1-rackspace box. They handle all the I/O (AES/EBU, SPDIF, AOIP, MADI, SDI and AES 67) and provide full routing capabilities. Each BLADE-3 gives you two 8x2 utility mixers, 12 universal GPI/O ports, 128 software logic ports, silence detection, built-in audio clip player, stereo multi-band audio processing, and much more, assignable anywhere on the network. With it you can create workflows that would require a ton of third-party gear.

Genuine Wheatstone Add-Ons

Whether you are setting up interview suites or desks, or just making workflow more intuitive and efficient, Wheatstone has the gear you need to get the job done.


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