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  • AES Toronto - Member presentations - preMO and our RTO 50th Anniversary Dual M460A microphone preamp

    The Toronto AES chapter hosted another talent filled presentation of members projects.  As a Supporter of our local chapter, we sent Anthony to talk about the Audio Over IP development of our preMO - remote controlled Microphone pre amp with AES67.  Anthony also unveiled the mechanical mockup of our 50th Anniversary Dual M460A microphone pre amplifier.

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    Journal of the Audio Engineering Society - Volume 65 Number 6 - June 2017

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    Toronto's 4th annual member showcase

  • Ward-Beck Systems - Lobby V5.05

    Ward-Beck Systems V5.05 front room - photo by jprelectrics.com

  • Lobby V3.1

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    There are 28 projects on the go with the team.

    Products showcased last year are being put through extensive testing.  The AVB engines are running.  There are so many speakers here and isolation booth may be needed...
    And There are orange cables everywhere.

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  • Pauline is On

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    And she's sending AVB
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  • Help Me Rhonda Design Contest

    Rhonda is looking a little rough.  She needs some cheering up!

    She is 28 modules wide   each module is 1.6 inches...
    Any WBS product can be used.

    If you could build any WBS console with it, what would you build?

    First by design place:     wins an RTO-214 rack mount chassis!

    All Entries:  Publication and thank-you package!

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    Submit designs to APK @ Ward-Beck . com

    Example Submission:

    Name: Anthony
    Email Address: yes I do... the one I sent you this email from...
    Mailing address: I do have one.
    Personality:

    Hello, I'm APK... I drew Rhonda. Attached is a picture of my plan.  I'd use it in my coffee shop.  It would be nice for when singer songwriters come over and need a small PA mixer and music in between sets.

    Rhonda

  • Lobby V3.0 is being roughed in

    Our lobby is undergoing a reunion of legacy consoles!  Retro L series, 400 series and a collection of our previous products and projects.  Ward-Beck Systems has built thousands of unique solutions and a display area for current and past products in under construction.

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    IMG_2395Here you have Pauline,  Rhonda, Antoinette and VeRonica.

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    A shelf of hand made factory crafts from the past.  Module buckets, routing switched and much more!

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    Here is a rough in of Pauline.   She is an L2042 console fitted with a very flexible patchbay.  We won't be using it's monitor section, but an MLC8 5.1 Multichannel  Level Controller 

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    To hook up all of the consoles a plan has been put into motion to make it all see the same signals:
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    Stay Tuned for more progress!

  • M1204 RetroMod

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  • RTO-214 - ReTrO support for legacy Ward-Beck Systems console modules

    Ward-Beck Systems has gain control as a reputation.  For over 40 years, WBS has been turning on, off, up, and down audio signals for the television and radio industry.  We have produced thousands of large format mixing consoles and modules, from 1967 up until just last month.  Many of the legacy console modules, have made their way into the music industry.  In 2002, an internet following of the modules and consoles, the Ward-Beck Systems Preservation Societywas created to offer support and documentation to users.  Anthony P. Kuzub, the student behind it all, recently accepted an internship in our design department.  With him around, much of the WBS legacy, documentation, parts and knowledge of the legacy consoles is maintained.   The first product off of his bench is one that offers owners of legacy modules a solution to a common problem: "How do I rack mount these loose modules?" Ward-Beck Systems is excited to announce a new lineup of retro products! Starting with a 2RU rack enclosure for (2) 14" legacy WBS modules. RTO214 - 2ru Rack mount with Ward-Beck Systems M460 microphone pre-amps The RTO-214 Rack Mount Chassis and connector kit for TWO 14" Ward-Beck Systems M46O*, M470*, M521 or similar 14" footprint. 276_29 With studios shrinking in size, and gear filling up the expensive rack space, there has been a pronounced need for a 2RU enclosure. This was originally designed by veteran WBS fabricator Erwin S. for the current lineup of WBS AMS-8 products. The design updates and fabrication are carried forward by Shop Manager and Mechanical Designer Dave Adams. Dave is a master metal smith utilizing the tools that built the modules that WBSps users want to have rack mounted. Dave has been working together with APK to create a stable platform in a 2RU enclosure.  Sold as a DIY flat pack kit with all the pieces you need. The BUM (Back Unit Mount) will be pre-punched for however you decide to wire it. Power options and i/o varieties make for easy design and hookup. 

    Along with a full chassis, the kit also includes:
    (2) 5 pin panel mount Neutrik XLR Female
    (1) 5 pin panel mount Neutrik XLR Male
    (2) 3 Pin Neutrik XLRM chassis mount
    (2) 3 Pin Neutrik XLRF chassis mount
    (2) 3 pin / TRS Combi Jacks chassis mount
    (4) Reclaimed EDAC mating connectors - (New stock Available) Internal hookup wire
    (6) Numbered 2' pieces of Mogami hookup wire
    (4) Cheesehead Module screws
    (1) Set of vinyl labels with related words and numbers for your project 

    RTO214 - Ward-Beck Systems Back Unit Mount - BUM - for rack mounting legacy vintage console Modules*note: unit above is shown with (2) 5 pin female connectors as a mockup.  Recommended wiring is XLRF for power input and XLRM for power output

    To make interconnection easier, a power cable kit is included:
    (1) 5 Pin Neutrik XLR Male
    (1) 5 Pin Neutrik XLR Female
    Wire to build power cable
    Expando for Power cable

    RTO214 - 2ru Rack mount Ward-Beck Systems cable kit We are offering this flat packed kit at AudioAholics.com,  and encouraging support for customers through the WBSps.ca forum.

    Upcoming products that are Bananas: (not ripe for market) - External Power supply - DB25 pre-wired breakouts - DB25 to EDAC connectors for the modules of your choice - RTO-114 (1) 14" L series modules in 1RU - RTO-47 (4) 7" L series modules in 2RU - RTO-27 (2) 7" L series modules in 1RU - RTO-26.5 (2) 6.5" retro 400 series modules in 1RU Pre-orders can be taken, and custom ideas are always welcomed.  Submit your designs today.

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