Simplicity | 740 | M740 Data Sheet_1 - Studio Technologies, Inc.

Model 740
Audio Mixer
Model 740 Front Panel
The Model 740 Audio Mixer is expressly designed for use in compact electronicnews-gathering (ENG) vehicles. Many other specialized audio production
applications can also be supported. Model 740 features include six microphone/
line-level inputs, a monaural output bus, LED metering, and a flexible monitoring
section. It’s important to note that the feature set was carefully selected to provide
exactly what’s needed—and no more! Keeping it simple was the design mantra. The
Model 740 is targeted for use by operators that have a multitude of tasks to perform,
and too little time to do them. Using its experience in mobile broadcast applications,
Studio Technologies was able to design the Model 740 to include all the crucial
features required to meet the needs of fast-paced news-gathering operations, while
still providing the operator with an extremely easy-to-use product.
Product Highlights:
Six mic/line inputs
Setup oscillator with dedicated output
Studio-quality compressor
Internal power supply
Flexible monitor section
10-segment LED meter
All operator controls on front panel
Single rack-space mounting
Model 740
The hallmarks of the Model 740 are application flexibility,
simplicity in use, audio quality, and long-term reliability.
A number of internal configuration jumpers allow the unit’s
performance to be tailored to the needs of specific installations. The carefully selected feature set ensures that the Model
740 will be a “team player” when it’s integrated into an audio
system. While there’s flexibility on the inside, the operator
is presented with an easy-to-use set of front-panel controls
and indicators—the operator never has to access the back
panel to operate the unit. In this way the goal of delivering
successful on-air and production audio, day-after-day, can
best be achieved. The Model 740’s audio quality is “pro”
throughout. The components were carefully selected to
deliver low-noise, low-distortion performance. Reliability over
the long haul was a Model 740 design criteria. To that end the
unit’s enclosure is made of steel, combining strength with
effective RF rejection. On the inside, all components are
mounted on an FR4 (fiberglass-based) circuit board assembly.
Mic/Line Inputs
Six input channels are provided for connection to microphone
or line-level signals. The electronically balanced circuitry is
“ruggedized” for reliability under tough operating conditions.
The low-noise, low-distortion, high-headroom audio performance is what’s expected of sophisticated “pro audio” equipment. Features provided for each input channel include
an input sensitivity button, rotary level control, and level status LED. For ease of use, the rotary level control sets both the
gain of the input circuit and the level being sent to the main
audio bus. For convenience the six input sensitivity buttons,
like all the Model 740’s operator controls, are located on the
front panel. For operator assistance, the bicolor level status
LED provides signal present and peak level indication.
Audio Mixer
Main Output
Signals from the six mic/line input channels combine to
create a monaural signal called the main output bus. A rotary
control sets the overall level of the main bus. An electronically
balanced output circuit is associated with the main output
bus. It provides a line-level signal capable of driving balanced
or unbalanced loads of 600 ohms and greater. A studioquality audio compressor circuit is provided to control the
dynamic range of the main audio bus. An LED indicator lights
whenever the compressor circuit is actively controlling the
signal. Far from a simple “clipper,” the compressor circuit
utilizes a sophisticated laser-trimmed voltage-controlled
amplifier (VCA) integrated circuit for quiet, low-distortion
operation. To help minimize operator error, no compressor
on/off switch is provided on the Model 740’s front panel.
An internal 3-position configuration jumper determines the
compressor circuit’s operating mode. From the factory the
jumper is set so that the compressor’s operating threshold
is 6dB above the nominal +4dBu output level. This is an
excellent general-purpose setting for broadcast use where voice
signals are the primary audio content. To meet the needs of
other installations, a technician can change the jumper to
make the threshold 2dB above the nominal +4dBu. This could
prove useful when using the Model 740 with level-sensitive
RF transmission systems. For other applications a technician
can set the jumper to a third position which completely
disables the compressor function.
Monitor Section
The Model 740’s monitor section provides a line-level monitor
output, along with two headphone outputs. Associated with
the monitor section is a rotary level control and a 3-position
source select switch. The monitor output is compatible with
a variety of monitor amplifiers and amplified loudspeakers.
Model 740 Back Panel
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Model 740 Audio Mixer
For flexibility, two headphone output jacks are provided, one
on the front panel and one on the back. Each headphone jack
is supported by an independent output circuit. A 3-position
toggle switch is used to select the audio source to be monitored. This allows monitoring of the main audio bus, along
with two external monaural audio sources. These external
monitor inputs are intended to be connected to devices such
as off-air, microwave, or satellite receivers. Alternately, other
mobile broadcast support equipment, such as a PC-based
editing system, can be connected.
Unique to the Model 740 is the ability to configure the monitor output to meet the needs of the “real world.” This
is accomplished by using an internal 3-position configuration
jumper to select the monitor output mode. From the factory
the monitor output is configured to “follow” the setting
of the front-panel level control. In addition, the monitor
output mutes whenever a pair of headphones is plugged into
the front-panel jack. A technician can change the jumper
so that the monitor output still follows the setting of
the front-panel level control, but is not impacted by use of the
front-panel headphone jack.
A third jumper position allows a technician to configure the
monitor output such that it is electrically before (“pre”) the
level control. As with the previous mode, the output isn’t
impacted by use of the headphone output. This mode is very
useful when an amplified loudspeaker that contains a useraccessible level control is connected. Examples of amplified
speakers that contain user level controls include the popular
Fostex® 6301-series. With the jumper in the pre-level-control
position, only one level control—the one on the amplified
speaker—would be used to set the speaker level. This can
greatly minimize operator confusion while still utilizing the
resources of the Model 740’s monitor section.
Model 740 Audio Mixer
A 10-segment LED meter provides an indication of audiosignal level. An internal selection jumper determines the
audio source for the meter. From the factory the meter is set to
monitor the signal level of the main audio bus. A technician
can change the configuration so that the meter monitors the
source selected by the monitor section’s 3-position switch. In
this way the level of the main audio bus, as well as the two
external monitor sources, can be displayed by the meter.
Reference Tone
A sine-wave audio tone is provided for alignment and reference use. From the factory the tone is configured for 400Hz.
If required, a technician can revise the frequency to be 1kHz.
A button on the Model 740’s front panel allows the tone to be
connected to the main audio bus. In addition, a dedicated
reference tone output is also provided. This continuous source
of sine-wave signal is accessed by means of a balanced
line-level output on the back panel. The dedicated reference
tone output is intended to provide a setup or test signal that
is available at all times, and without interfering with normal
operation of the main audio bus.
Mounting, Connectors, and Mains Power
The Model 740 requires one space in a standard 19-inch rack.
Industry-standard XLR-type and ¼-inch 3-conductor connectors are used for all audio interconnections. To ensure
maximum reliability, all connectors were selected to
be premium grade. For example, the XLR-type connectors
feature metal shells and are manufactured by Neutrik. AC
mains power is connected directly to the Model 740 by way of
a standard 3-pin detachable IEC cord set; no external power
supply is used. AC mains power is factory configured for 100,
120, or 220/240V, 50/60Hz.
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Model 740
Audio Mixer
General Audio Parameters:
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz, ±0.5dB, mic/line in to main out
Distortion (THD+N): 0.03%, measured at 1kHz, +4dBu, mic/line in to
main out
S/N Ratio: 74dB, referenced to +4dBu, mic/line in to main out, 22Hz-22kHz
Mic/Line Inputs: 6
Input Sensitivity: switch selectable for microphone or live-level signals;
43dB line input “pad” implemented using sealed bifurcated contact telecom
Operating Level Range: mic input position: –78 to –8dBu; line position: –35
to +35dBu. Range specified to give +4dBu on main output, master level
control set to unity gain position.
Type: electronically balanced
Impedance: mic position 2k ohms, line position 15k ohms
Common Mode Rejection Ratio: 70dB @ 60Hz, 69dB @ 40kHz (typical),
mic position, ref +4dBu on main out
Status LED: bicolor, displays signal present and peak
Type: single-knee, VCA-controlled
Slope: 5:1
Threshold: configurable, choices are 1) 6dB over nominal (+10dBu on
main output, factory default), 2) 2dB over nominal (+6dBu on main out),
3) disabled
Attack Time: 2mSec
Release Time: 100mSec
Status LED: compressor active
Main Output:
Type: electronically balanced, capacitor-coupled, intended to drive balanced
or unbalanced loads of 600 ohms or greater
Source Impedance: 50 ohms, nominal
Nominal Level: +4dBu
Maximum Level: +26dBu into 10k ohms, +25dBu into 600 ohms
External Monitor Inputs: 2, monaural
Type: electronically balanced, direct-coupled, compatible with balanced
or unbalanced signals
Impedance: 24k ohms, nominal
Common Mode Rejection Ratio: 90dB @ 60Hz, 70dB @ 86 kHz, typical
Nominal Level: +4dBu
Monitor Output:
Type: electronically balanced, capacitor-coupled, intended to drive balanced
or unbalanced loads of 600 ohms or greater
Source Impedance: 50 ohms, nominal
Nominal Level: +6dBu, with monitor level control @ 100%, mode selected
to be post level control (no headphone mute)
Maximum Level: +26dBu into 10k ohms, +25dBu into 600 ohms
Signal Source: configurable, choices are 1) post monitor level control
with headphone muting (factory default), 2) post monitor level control,
3) pre monitor level control
Headphone Outputs:
Source: same as selected for monitor output
Configuration: separate output driver circuitry for front and back
headphone output connections
Type: monaural source configured to drive stereo headphones through
of 100 ohm resistors
Compatibility: intended for connection to headphones with impedance
of 100 ohms or greater
Maximum Voltage: 5.5 Vpp, 100 ohm load
Reference Tone:
Frequency and Wave Form: 400Hz nominal, sine wave (technician can revise
to 1kHz)
Direct Output Level: +4dBu, nominal, adjustable over –1/+3dB range
Direct Output Type: electronically balanced, capacitor-coupled, intended
to drive balanced or unbalanced loads of 600 ohms or greater
Direct Output Source Impedance: 100 ohms, nominal
Type: 10-segment LED, modified VU ballistics
Source: configurable, choices are 1) display level of main output bus
(factory default), 2) source selected for monitor output
Mic/Line and External Monitor Inputs: 3-pin XLR-type, female
Main, Reference Tone Direct and Monitor Outputs: 3-pin XLR-type, male
Headphones: ¼-inch 3-conductor phone jacks
AC Mains: 3-blade, IEC 320 C14-compatible (mates with IEC 320 C13)
AC Mains Requirement:
100, 120, or 220/240V, ±10%, factory configured; 50/60Hz; 0.2A maximum
Mains Fusing: 1
Type: 5x20mm, time-lag
Rating: 0.2A for 100V and 120V AC mains, 0.1A for 220/240V AC mains
Dimensions (Overall):
19.00 inches wide (48.3cm)
1.72 inches high (8.9cm)
7.2 inches deep (18.3cm)
One standard rack space
7.0 pounds (3.2kg)
Specifications subject to change without notice.
Studio Technologies, Inc.
5520 West Touhy Avenue, Skokie, Illinois 60077 USA
Telephone (847) 676-9177, Fax (847) 982-0747
50027-0504, Issue 1
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