Sonifex Station Master manual
Station Master &
Talkback Intercoms
User Handbook
interstage
Phistersvej 31, 2900 Hellerup, Danmark
Telefon 3946 0000, fax 3946 0040
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This handbook covers the following product stock codes:
SM-24
SM-44 SM2
TB-6D
TB-6R
TB-SD
TB-SR
Station Master for 2 studios (PPM and VU)
Station Master for 4 studios (PPM and VU)
Add on card to upgrade from an SM24 to SM44
Talkback Intercom 6 Way, desktop free standing
Talkback Intercom 6 Way, 19 inch rack mounted
Talkback Intercom Station Master, desktop free standing
Talkback Intercom Station Master, 19 inch rack mounted
Revision 2.02 April 2007
©Sonifex Ltd, 2000-7
All Rights Reserved
Sonifex Ltd, 61, Station Road, Irthlingborough,
Northants, NN9 5QE, England.
Tel : +44 (0)1933 650 700
Fax : +44 (0)1933 650 726
Email : sales@sonifex.co.uk or technical.support@sonifex.co.uk
Web : http://www.sonifex.co.uk
Information in this document is subject to change without notice and does not represent
a commitment on the part of Sonifex Ltd. Sonifex Ltd shall not be liable for any loss or
damage whatsoever arising form the use of information or any error contained in this
manual.
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electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or information storage and
retrieval systems, for any purpose other than the purchaser’s personal use, without the
express written permission of Sonifex Ltd.
Unless otherwise noted, all names of companies, products and persons contained herein are
part of a completely fictitious adaptation and are designed solely to document the use of
Sonifex products.
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Warranty & Safety Information
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Warranty and Liability
Returning the Warranty Card
Unpacking the Station Master/Talkback Intercom
Safety of Mains Operated Equipment
Fuse Rating
Power Cable and Connection
WEEE & RoHS Directives - Sonifex Statement
Reporting Faults
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Station Master Introduction
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Operation
Configuration Flowchart
Studio Feeds, Transmission Outputs and Logging Outputs
Studio Feeds
Transmission Outputs
Logging Outputs
Logging Off-Air instead of Pre-Transmission
Monitoring
Monitoring Options
Enabling Talkback Over the Monitors
Mixing or Ducking the Normal Monitor Output During Talkback
Fixing the Monitor Output Level for the Phono Connectors
Offer and Accept Switching
Talkback
Delay and Dump Control
External Inputs
Routing Of External Inputs
Altering the External Input Levels
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Connection Details
Audio Connections
Audio In/Out 1 - 4
Studio Controls
Controls In/Out 1 & 2
Controls In/Out 3 & 4
Transmission Outputs
Logging Outputs
Balanced Logging Outputs
Unbalanced Logging Outputs
Other Connectors
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Introduction
Studio Switching
Delay Control
Monitoring
Audio Distribution
Talkback
Logging
Power Failure
Installation Notes
Atmosphere
Electromagnetic Radiation
Connectors and Cabling
XLR 3 Pin Connectors
¼” ‘A’ Gauge Stereo Jack Plugs
D-Type Connectors
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Mains Power
Delay/Dump Control
External Inputs
Monitor Output
Monitor Insert
Speaker Output
Talkback Microphone Input
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Talkback Introduction
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TB-6D & TB-6R 6 Way Talkback Intercom Overview
Example Application For TB-6D & TB-6R
TB-SD & TB-SR Station Master Talkback Intercom Overview
Example Application For TB-SD & TB-SR
Talkback Intercom Benefits
Station Master Features
Station Master Talkback Operation and Connections
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TB-6D & TB-6R 6 Way Talkback Intercom Configuration & Controls
Front Panel Control Details
Power LED Indicator
Level Control for Monitor Loudspeaker and Headphones
External Select Switch 1
External Select Switch 2
Talkback Switches
Built in Electret Microphone
Monitor Loudspeaker
External Microphone
Rear Panel Control Details
Headphone Output
Mic Select
Adjusting the Microphone Gain Level
Adjusting the Talkback Gain Level
External Input 2
External Inputs & Mute Control
Talkback Input/Outputs
Fuse Holder
Mains Input Internal Jumper Configuration
Summary of Jumper Settings for the Talkback Unit
External Input Muting/Mixing
Local/External Talkback
TB6 Interconnection Wiring Diagram
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Front Panel Control Details
Power LED Indicator
Level Control for Monitor Loudspeaker and Headphones
External Select Switch 1
External Select Switch 2
Talkback Switches
Built in Electret Microphone
Monitor Loudspeaker
External Microphone
Rear Panel Control Details
Headphone Output
Mic Select
Adjusting the Microphone Gain Level
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Adjusting the Talkback Gain Level
External Input 2
External Inputs & Mute Control
Station Master Remotes
Fuse Holder
Mains Input Internal Jumper Configuration
Summary of Jumper Settings for the Talkback Unit
External Input Muting/Mixing
Local/External Talkback
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Talkback Intercom Technical Specification
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Audio & Power Specification
Physical Specification
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FIGURES
Figures
Fig 1-1 : XLR-3 Connectors.
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Fig 1-2 : ¼” Jack Connectors
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Fig 1-3 : D-Type Connectors.
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Fig 2-1 : Station Master Block Diagram.
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Fig 2-2 : Monitor Section of the Front Panel.
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FI G U RE S
Fig 2-3 : Station Master Viewed From Above Showing Jumper Positioning.
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Fig 2-4 : Station Master Offer & Accept Status.
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Fig 2-5 : Offer & Accept Switches for Studio 1.
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Fig 2-6 : Front Panel Talkback Switches & Mic Input.
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Fig 5-1: TB-6D Talkback Intercom 6 Way Desktop & TB-SD Talkback Intercom
Station Master Desktop.
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Fig 5-2: TB-6R Talkback Intercom 6 Way Rack & TB-SR Talkback Intercom
Station Master Rack.
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Fig 5-3: Example Application For TB-6D & TB-6R.
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Fig 5-4: Example Application For TB-SD & TB-SR.
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Fig 5-5: Talkback Intercom System Block Diagram.
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Fig 6-1: TB-6D Front Panel.
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Fig 6-2: TB-6R Front Panel.
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Fig 6-3: TB-6D Rear Panel.
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Fig 6-4: TB-6R Rear Panel.
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Fig 6-5: TB-6D & TB-6R Board Layout.
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Fig 6-6: Connecting The Talkback Intercom To The Sonifex S2 Mixer Output
Module (S2-OMC).
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Fig 6-7: Interconnection Wiring Diagram
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Fig 7-1: Front Panel Controls for TB-SD.
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Fig 7-2: Front Panel Controls for TB-SR.
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Fig 7-3: TB-SD Rear Panel.
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Fig 7-4: TB-SR Rear Panel.
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Fig 7-5: TB-SD & TB-SR Board Layout.
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Fig 7-6: Connecting The Talkback Intercom To The Sonifex S2 Mixer Output
Module (S2-OMC).
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IN FORMATION
Warranty & Safety Information
Warranty and Liability
Important: the purchaser is advised to read this clause
(a) The Company agrees to repair or (at its discretion) replace Goods which are found to
be defective (fair wear and tear excepted) and which are returned to the Company
within 12 months of the date of despatch provided that each of the following are
satisfied:
notification of any defect is given to the Company immediately upon its
becoming apparent to the Purchaser;
(ii) the Goods have only been operated under normal operating conditions and
have only been subject to normal use (and in particular the Goods must have
been correctly connected and must not have been subject to high voltage or
to ionising radiation and must not have been used contrary to the Company’s
technical recommendations);
(iii) the Goods are returned to the Company’s premises at the Purchaser’s expense;
(iv) any Goods or parts of Goods replaced shall become the property of the
Company;
(v) no work whatsoever (other than normal and proper maintenance) has been
carried out to the Goods or any part of the Goods without the Company’s prior
written consent;
(vi) the defect has not arisen from a design made, furnished or specified by the
Purchaser;
(vii) the Goods have been assembled or incorporated into other goods only in
accordance with any instructions issued by the Company;
(viii) the defect has not arisen from a design modified by the Purchaser;
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(i) (ix) the defect has not arisen from an item manufactured by a person other than
the Company. In respect of any item manufactured by a person other than the
Company, the Purchaser shall only be entitled to the benefit of any warranty or
guarantee provided by such manufacturer to the Company.
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(b) In respect of computer software supplied by the Company the Company does not
warrant that the use of the software will be uninterrupted or error free.
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(c)
The Company accepts liability:
(i) for death or personal injury to the extent that it results from the negligence of
the Company, its employees (whilst in the course of their employment) or its
agents (in the course of the agency);
(ii) for any breach by the Company of any statutory undertaking as to title, quiet
possession and freedom from encumbrance.
(d) Subject to conditions (a) and (c) from the time of despatch of the Goods from the
Company’s premises the Purchaser shall be responsible for any defect in the Goods
or loss, damage, nuisance or interference whatsoever consequential economic or
otherwise or wastage of material resulting from or caused by or to the Goods. In
particular the Company shall not be liable for any loss of profits or other economic
losses. The Company accordingly excludes all liability for the same.
(e) At the request and expense of the Purchaser the Company will test the Goods to
ascertain performance levels and provide a report of the results of that test. The report
will be accurate at the time of the test, to the best of the belief and knowledge of the
Company, and the Company accepts no liability in respect of its accuracy beyond that
set out in Condition (a).
(f ) Subject to Condition (e) no representation, condition, warranty or other term, express
or implied (by statute or otherwise) is given by the Company that the Goods are of
any particular quality or standard or will enable the Purchaser to attain any particular
performance or result, or will be suitable for any particular purpose or use under
specific conditions or will provide any particular capacity, notwithstanding that the
requirement for such performance, result or capacity or that such particular purpose
or conditions may have been known (or ought to have been known) to the Company,
its employees or agents.
(g)
(i) To the extent that the Company is held legally liable to the Purchaser for any
single breach of contract, tort, representation or other act or default, the
Company’s liability for the same shall not exceed the Price of the Goods.
(ii) The restriction of liability in Condition (g)(i) shall not apply to any liability
accepted by the Seller in Condition (c).
(h) Where the Goods are sold under a consumer transaction (as defined by the Consumer
Transactions (Restrictions on Statements) Order 1976) the statutory rights of the
Purchaser are not affected by these Conditions of Sale.
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Returning the Warranty Card
In order to register the date of purchase so that we can keep you informed of any design
improvements or modifications, it is important to complete the warranty registration
document that is enclosed and return it to Sonifex Ltd in the UK, or register online at
www.sonifex.co.uk/register
For your own records you should write down the serial number (which can be found at the
rear of the product.
Serial Number
Each product is shipped in protective packaging and should be inspected for damage
before use. Where an item is found to have transit damage, notify your supplier immediately
with all the relevant details of the shipment. Packing materials should be kept for inspection
and also for if the product needs to be returned.
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Unpacking the Station Master/Talkback Intercom
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Safety of Mains Operated Equipment
This equipment has been designed to meet the safety regulations currently advised
in the country of purchase and it conforms to the safety regulations specified by
use of the CE Mark.
The power supply is rated to 95 - 265VAC at 47 – 63Hz with a fuse of 2A.
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Warning: There are no user serviceably parts inside the machine. If you should ever
need to look inside the unit, always disconnect the mains supply before removing the
equipment covers.
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Fuse Rating
The product is supplied with a single fuse in the live conducting path of the power-in feed
at the power supply. For reasons of safety it is important that the correct rating and type of
fuse is used. Incorrectly rated fuses could present a possible fire hazard, under equipment
fault conditions.
Power Cable and Connection
An IEC power connector is supplied with the product, which has a moulded plug attached
– this is a legal requirement. If no moulded plug has been supplied with your product,
please contact your supplier, because an IEC connector is always supplied from the
Sonifex factory.
If for any reason, you need to use the product with a different power cable, you should use
the following wiring guidelines
Wire Colour
Green, or green and yellow
Blue, or Black
Brown, or Red
Connection
Earth (E)
Neutral (N)
Live (L)
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WEEE & RoHS Directives - Sonifex Statement
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive was agreed on
13 February 2003, along with the related Directive 2002/95/EC on Restrictions
of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic
equipment (RoHS).
Sonifex Ltd will be happy to give you information about local organisations that can
reprocess the products, or alternatively all products that have reached “end of use” can be
returned to Sonifex and will be reprocessed correctly free of charge.
Sonifex Ltd has phased out the use of certain hazardous substances identified in the
European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. The RoHS directive
limits the use of certain hazardous substances currently used in EEE manufacture, including
lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and halide-containing compounds PBB
(polybrominated biphenyl) and PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ether). Elimination of these
substances will result in more environmentally friendly recycling of electronic equipment.
For the products which Sonifex manufacture, the main area where products were affected
was in the use of lead for manufacturing and assembling electronics circuit boards.
Sonifex Ltd practices lead-free (LF) manufacturing processes. LF solder is used on the
surface-mount PCB manufacturing processes and for hand soldering. The printed circuit
boards (PCBs) used are either gold plated, or immersion tin plated, both of which use no
lead. Historically the PCBs were hot air solder levelled (HASL) PCBs which used tin/lead
based solder.
The manufacturing processes include the assembly of purchased components from various
sources. Product is offered as RoHS compliant, or LF, only after sufficient evidence is received
from the component manufacturers that their components are RoHS compliant. Sonifex
Ltd relies solely on the distributor, or manufacturer, of the components for identification of
RoHS compliance. Thus whilst every effort is made to ensure compliance, Sonifex Ltd makes
no warranty, or certification, or declaration of compliance concerning said components.
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The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) aims to minimise the
impacts of electrical and electronic equipment on the environment during their life times
and when they become waste. It applies to a huge spectrum of products. It encourages
and sets criteria for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and
electronic equipment. All products manufactured by Sonifex Ltd have the WEEE directive
label placed on the case. It gives a contact for individuals who are unsure about the correct
procedure when the product has reached its “end of use”.
Sonifex Ltd defines “Lead Free” as pertaining to any product, which has been manufactured
by Sonifex Ltd using components which have been declared by the manufacturers as
“Lead Free”. All statements by Sonifex Ltd of RoHS compliance are based on component
manufacturer documentation.
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Reporting Faults
REP ORTI N G A FAU LT
Although this Sonifex product is manufactured to the highest standards, it is possible that
minor faults may appear in the equipment over its normal lifetime. If you find any problems
with the product, please contact your Sonifex distributor, or contact Sonifex directly at the
following address, or fax with a copy of this completed sheet :
To :
Sonifex Ltd,
From:
Name
61, Station Road,
Position
Irthlingborough,
Company
Northants.
Address
NN9 5QE, UK
Tel : +44 (0)1933 650 700
Tel
Fax : +44 (0)1933 650 726
Fax
Email : technical.support@sonifex.co.uk
Email
For the Serial No. of your machine, see the
back panel of the unit.
Serial No.
Please describe the error in as much detail as possible (for example what you were doing
when the problem occurred, what actually happened, etc)
Description of Error
Also, if you have any suggestions for additions or upgrades to the unit , we would like to
hear what they are :
Additions that I Would Like to See
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1 Station Master Introduction
Introduction
LEFT
STUDIO
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STUDIO 1
ON-AIR
STUDIO 2
ON-AIR
STUDIO
2
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RIGHT
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STUDIO 3
ON-AIR
RIGHT
STUDIO 4
ON-AIR
STUDIO
3
STUDIO
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PUSH
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10
TALKBACK
LEVEL
TALKBACK
SELECT
TALKBACK
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DUMP
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6
TRANSMISSION
STATUS
STUDIO 4
LEVEL
EXT 1
EXT 2
EXT 3
EXT 4
LR
LR
LR
LR
MONITOR SELECT
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1
STUDIO 3
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STUDIO 1 STUDIO 2
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0
10
MONITOR
LEVEL
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PHONES
LEVEL
PHONES
MONITOR
Station Master is an addition to the Sonifex range of professional audio products designed
for building radio stations on a budget. It combines all the black boxes required for audio
distribution, studio switching, talkback and monitoring for up to 4 studios into a single
package. The Station Master has a number of benefits :
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Saves money - combining several features into one unit gives significant cost
savings over purchasing the discrete parts that Station Master replaces, without any
compromise on quality.
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Easy to install - single unit simplifies installation.
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Requires less space - Station Master is a 3U high 19” single rackmount unit which
replaces up to 11U rackspace that discrete components can occupy.
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Reliability - If power to the Station Master fails, it keeps the output routing as set
and remembers this state, providing continuity on restoration of power.
Studio Switching
Station Master accepts stereo audio feeds from up to 4 studios, switching them individually
to transmission using offer and accept operation. The output of the current ‘on-air’ studio is
distributed to the other studios via a dedicated bus, avoiding the need for multiple studio
distribution links.
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MICROPHONE
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ALL
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LEVEL
DELAY
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MONITOR
INSERT
STUDIO
ON OFFER
The output of the Station Master is provided as a stereo pair or a mono feed of the stereo
source. The studio switching is achieved using latching relays and therefore retains its
switch status in the event of power-failure.
Delay Control
A profanity delay can be controlled by the Station Master allowing you to install just one
delay unit that can be shared by your studios and used by the studio currently on air.
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Monitoring
The Station Master is fitted with either a pair of true PPM meters, or VU meters, for
monitoring up to 8 stereo sources. These sources consist of the connected studios and four
external sources such as news feeds or off air receivers. The audio can be monitored via
headphones or output through a power amplifier capable of driving 10W into 8W speakers.
There are also two ¼” jack insert points for using the Station Master to monitor from
a jack-field.
Audio Distribution
Station Master distributes the 4 incoming stereo signals to each of the connected studios
without the need for external distribution amplifiers. These signals, such as off-air receivers,
news feeds and outside broadcasts, can be professional balanced inputs or at domestic
unbalanced line levels. The gain of the incoming stereo signals can be adjusted from the
front panel. Distribution gain is controlled by a preset potentiometer.
Talkback
The Station Master’s talkback system acts as the master station for talkback with 4 satellite
systems. These can either be the connected studios or other locations such as a record
library or engineering workshop. Individual satellites can talk to each other or broadcast to
all stations.
Logging
To allow for logging of broadcasts the Station Master has a stereo balanced output for
professional logging equipment, together with 3 sets of phono unbalanced outputs for
connection to domestic VCR equipment.
Power Failure
In the event of a power failure to the Station Master, it will continue to route the current onair studio to the stereo transmission output. Also, when power is re-applied to the Station
Master, all switching, including the offer and accept switching, will instantly re-initialise to
the configuration when power was lost. This means that your on-air studio can continue
transmitting, even if power to the Station Master has failed.
Installation Notes
Atmosphere
The Station Master should be installed in an area which is not subject to excessive heat or
cold. Also, you should avoid installing it in atmospheric conditions which are dusty, smoky
or dirty, or where there is moisture or vibration.
Do not use liquids to clean the front of the Station Master - wiping with a soft, dry
cloth is advised.
Electromagnetic Radiation
Note that there can be a degradation of the audio quality if the Station Master is used near
to strong sources of electromagnetic radiation. Strong sources include video monitors, and
mains cabling.
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Connectors and Cabling
Many of the problems associated with installing and maintaining studio equipment are due
to the use of poor cables or faulty connections. It is recommended that, wherever possible,
prewired cables are purchased from recommended manufacturers. If you need bespoke
cables making, please ensure that the work is carried out by a qualified engineer.
The main types of connectors used with the Station Master are the following :
XLR 3 Pin Connectors
The following diagram shows the pin details for the 3 pin XLR sockets and plugs :
Transmission and
Logging Outputs
Pin 2. Hot ( In Phase ) Signal
Pin 2. Hot ( In Phase ) Signal
Pin 1. Ground ( Screen ) Signal
Pin 3. Cold ( Out Of Phase ) Signal
Pin 1. Ground ( Screen ) Signal
3 Pin Socket
( Female )
3 Pin Plug
( Male )
Fig 1-1 : XLR-3 Connectors.
¼” ‘A’ Gauge Stereo Jack Plugs
1/4” ‘A’ Gauge Stereo Jack Plugs can be connected as follows :
1/4" 'A' Gauge Stereo Jack Plug
Tip - Hot ( In Phase ) Signal
Ring - Cold ( Out Of Phase ) Signal
Sleeve - Ground ( Screen ) Signal
Tip - Left Signal
1/4" 'A' Gauge Stereo Jack Plug
used for Headphones
Pin 3. Cold ( Out Of Phase ) Signal
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Talkback
Mic Input
Ring - Right Signal
Sleeve - Ground ( Screen ) Signal
Fig 1-2 : ¼” Jack Connectors
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D-Type Connectors
Three different D-Type connectors are used on the Station Master. A 9 pin plug is used for
the Delay/Dump Control. A 25 pin plug is used for the Audio I/O and a 25 pin socket for the
Control I/O connector.
9 Pin D-Type Plug used
for Delay/Dump Control
Pi n 5
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Pi n 9
4
25 Pin D-Type Plug used
for Audio In/Out
Pi n 13
25 Pin D-Type Socket used
for Controls In/Out
Pi n 25
Pi n 1
Pi n 14
Pi n 6
Pi n 1
Pi n 25
Pi n 14
Pi n 1
Pi n 13
Fig 1-3 : D-Type Connectors.
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OP ER ATION
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2 Operation
Configuration Flowchart
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Fig 2-1 : Station Master Block Diagram.
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Studio Feeds, Transmission Outputs and Logging Outputs
STATION MASTER OP E R AT I ON
Studio Feeds
Station Master takes an audio feed from each connected studio and routes them to the
transmission and logging outputs. It uses the offer and accept switching to know which
output should be switched to air - as soon as a studio accepts the offer made by the current
on-air studio, the output is switched to the accepting studio. The following connections
should be made :
The audio feed, from the master output of the mixing desk which you are using in each
studio, should be connected to the 25 pin D-type “AUDIO IN/OUT” plug connector, on pins 1,
2, 14 and 15 ( marked TRX left/right phase/non-phase). Pin 13 can be used as the screen for
these connections. This is the audio feed from the studio to the Station Master.
Once all the studios are connected, you will need to connect the Offer and Accept switching
(see the Section marked “Offer and Accept Switching”) to ensure that the correct studio is
switched to the transmission path.
Transmission Outputs
Depending on whether you are transmitting a mono or stereo signal, you can use either the
mono, or stereo balanced XLR-3 transmission outputs to connect the Station Master to a
limiter or processor before being sent to the transmitter.
Logging Outputs
Which logging output you use depends on what type of logging equipment you have
installed in your radio station. If you are using a balanced “professional” piece of logging
equipment, such as the Sonifex Net-Log audio logger, or a balanced PC based recorder,
then the balanced XLR-3 outputs should be connected. There are separate stereo and mono
outputs.
If you are using “consumer” logging equipment, such as domestic DVD-R recorders, then
there are three phono outputs which can be connected. Three outputs have been provided
so that three DVD-R’s can be used to record longer durations.
Logging Off-Air instead of Pre-Transmission
You can also choose whether to log the transmission output (before it is sent to the
transmitter), or whether to log the External Input 1, which could be defined as an off-air
receiver, so that you can log what is actually broadcast. On the main motherboard SM-MB02, check the following jumpers :
Jumper
JP5
Set Over Pins
Effect
1&2
The left logging output comes from the
transmission path.
The left logging output comes from External Input 1.
2&3
1&2
JP6
2&3
The right logging output comes from the
transmission path.
The right logging output comes from External Input 1.
Note : Items in bold are set as default when shipped.
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Set the jumpers over pins 2 & 3 if you want to connect an off-air receiver to External Input 1.
See Fig 2-3 for placement of the jumpers on the motherboard.
Monitoring
LEFT
STUDIO 1
ON-AIR
1
STUDIO 2
ON-AIR
2
3
4
RIGHT
5
6
7
1
3
2
4
5
LEFT
6
7
STUDIO 3
ON-AIR
MONITOR
INSERT
STUDIO
ON OFFER
DELAY
4
5
6
3
DUMP
1
STUDIO 1 STUDIO 2
STUDIO 3
STUDIO 4
EXT 1
EXT 2
EXT 3
EXT 4
LR
LR
LR
LR
LEVEL
MONITOR SELECT
5
6
3
7
8 2
2
TRANSMISSION
STATUS
4
7
9
0
10
MONITOR
LEVEL
8
1
9
0
10
PHONES
LEVEL
PHONES
MONITOR
Fig 2-2 : Monitor Section of the Front Panel.
•
Front panel monitoring is carried out using the eight MONITOR SELECT buttons on
the front of the unit. These buttons control which input is sent to the monitor speaker
outputs, the monitor outputs, the headphones and the meters.
•
The MONITOR INSERT ¼” jack sockets can be used to monitor left and right signals
from a jackfield - they over-ride the MONITOR SELECT selection.
•
The “MONITOR LEVEL” volume control alters the level of the output from the monitor
speakers and the monitor output.
•
The “PHONES LEVEL” volume control alters the level of the output from the
headphones.
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STUDIO 4
ON-AIR
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Monitoring Options
Inside the Station Master there are a number of jumpers that can be altered to change the
way that the monitor function operates :
JP2
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JP1
3
1
13
3 JP5
1
13
JP6
SM-MB-02 Motherboard
JP3
JP4
SM-ML-01 Monitor &
External Input Board
JP1
JP3
1
3
JP2
Fig 2-3 : Station Master Viewed From Above Showing Jumper Positioning.
Enabling Talkback Over the Monitors
The output of the monitors is normally whatever is selected from the “MONITOR SELECT”
buttons on the front panel. You can also have inter-studio talkback sent to the monitors by
doing the following. On the Monitor and External Input PCB (SM-ML-01) set jumpers JP2 and
JP3 over pins 2 & 3 (see Fig 2-3):
Jumper
JP2
Set Over Pins
Effect
1&2
Monitors (left channel) only output the
monitor selection.
Monitors (left channel) output talkback and the
monitor selection.
2&3
1&2
JP3
2&3
Monitors (right channel) only output the
monitor selection.
Monitors (right channel) output talkback and the
monitor selection.
Note : Items in bold are set as default when shipped.
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Mixing or Ducking the Normal Monitor Output During Talkback
If the talkback is enabled over the monitors, as above, normally the monitor selection
output is ducked while the talkback is output. You can also have the talkback mixed with
the monitor selection output by setting jumper JP1 on the monitor and external input PCB
(SM-ML-01) (see Fig 2-3) :
Jumper
JP1
Effect
1&2
If talkback is enabled, it is mixed with the monitor
selection.
If talkback is enabled, the monitor selection is
ducked while the talkback is output.
Off
Note : Items in bold are set as default when shipped.
Fixing the Monitor Output Level for the Phono Connectors
The monitor output level for the phono connectors can be made either fixed, or affected
by the volume control on the front panel of the Station Master. On the main motherboard
SMMB- 02, check the following jumpers (see Fig 2-3) :
Jumper
JP1
Set Over Pins
Effect
1&2
Monitor left output on the phonos is at a
fixed level.
Monitor left output on the phonos can be
altered by volume control.
2&3
1&2
JP2
2&3
Monitor right output on the phonos is at a
fixed level.
Monitor right output on the phonos can be
altered by volume control.
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Note : Items in bold are set as default when shipped.
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Offer and Accept Switching
The Station Master can control the Offer and Accept switching for up to four connected
studios. This switching also controls which studio output is sent to the transmission and
logging outputs and which studio has control of the delay/dump switching.
LEFT
STUDIO
1
STUDIO 1
ON-AIR
STUDIO 2
ON-AIR
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2
STUDIO
3
STUDIO 3
ON-AIR
STUDIO 4
ON-AIR
STUDIO
ON OFFER
STUDIO
4
ALL
STUDIOS
BACK
LECT
DELAY
DUMP
TRANSMISSION
STATUS
The way that offer and accept switching works is that each
studio has an Offer and an Accept switch which is routed back
4 Station
5 Master has an audio feed to
3
to the Station Master.
The
6
2
each 1studio called the “Last Studio to Offer”
7 which should be 1
routed to an input of each studio mixer (Station Master takes
this from the transmission output of the current Accepted
studio which is already routed to the Station Master).
3
2
When a studio is on-air, it has accepted the request to transmit
and it’s Accept Lamp is illuminated to indicate this. When a
studio is reaching the end of its broadcast, the DJ presses the
Offer button and the Offer buttons in all connected studios
will illuminate to indicate that the transmission is ready to be
passed to another studio.
To Accept the offer, a studio must bring up the “Last Studio
to Offer” on the mixer (ensuring that the levels are the
same as for the outgoing studio - this should be completed
beforehand by an engineer), and press the Accept button.
The transmission path is then immediately taken from the
STUDIO
1 STUDIO
2 STUDIO
3 light
STUDIO
4
EXT
EXT 2
accepting
studio and
its’ Accept
illuminates.
All1 the Offer
lights in the other studios are simultaneously
extinguished.
LEVEL
LR
LR
MONITOR SELECT
The front panel of the Station Master shows the status of the
studios with a LED indication. When the “STUDIO ON OFFER”
Fig 2-4 : Station Master Offer & Accept LED is illuminated, it means that the studio indicated is
on offer.
Status.
So, the connections for each studio can be summarised as :
Studio 1 Offer Switch
Studio 1 Accept Switch
Station
Master
Audio from Last Studio to Offer
to a mixing desk input
(Studios 2,3 & 4 are identical to 1)
Fig 2-5 : Offer & Accept Switches for Studio 1.
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Connect the “Last Studio to Offer” balanced audio connection from the Station Master to
each studio using pins 3, 4, 16 and 17 of the “Audio In/Out” connector. Pin 13 can be used as
a screen.
For each studio, connect Offer and Accept switches to pins 2 and 3 respectively of the
“Controls In/Out” connectors. Pins 15 and 16 can be used to power the Offer and Accept
lamps respectively.
Note : A standard Offer and Accept switch panel can be ordered which operates with the
Sonifex S2 mixer (S2-MTBS) and which also has Delay/Dump controls as well as an Obit
indicator.
Talkback refers to the standard method of communication between studios - each studio
has a row of switch buttons, each one of which connects to another studio when pressed,
and routes the presenter audio to it. Station Master can route and control the talkback
between up to 4 studios and the Station Master itself (i.e. 5 talkback points). Each studio has
the ability to have a row of five switch buttons so that the presenter can talk to the other
three studios, the Station Master, or all studios, including the Station Master. So, for each
studio, you’ll need to make the following connections :
Connect the talkback switches to pins 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of the “Controls In/Out” connectors.
Pins 19, 20, 21 and 22 can be used to power the lamps for the switches. (When the T/B
Switch All button is pressed, all four lamps should be illuminated).
Note : The talkback connection details are slightly different for each studio - ensure that you
are connecting to the correct studio.
Connect the unbalanced audio input and output signals, together with the T/B control
output to the studio :
•
The T/B audio input (pin 23 of the “Controls In/Out” connector) should be connected
to the talkback output of the mixing desk in the studio.
•
The T/B audio output (pin 12 of the “Controls In/Out” connector) should be connected
to the talkback input of the mixing desk in the studio.
•
The T/B control signal (pin 13 of the “Controls In/Out” connector) should be routed
to the talkback control input of the mixing desk. When one of the talkback buttons
is pressed in a different studio, the talkback control signal closes to indicate to the
mixing desk that a talkback signal is being sent to it. The mixing desk is usually
configured to mix the talkback with the presenter’s headphones, so that the presenter
can hear the talkback being sent from another studio.
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Talkback
On the front of the Station Master are a set of switches for communication with the other
studios. There is also a TALKBACK LEVEL control for altering the level of the talkback received
from other studios to the in-built speaker.
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A microphone can be plugged directly into the front of the Station Master for when
sending talkback to other studios. We recommend the use of a standard STUB, or gooseneck, microphone. The level of the microphone can be set by adjusting the MIC LEVEL
potentiometer using a small flatbladed jeweller’s screwdriver.
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To operate the talkback, simply press and hold the button for the studio that you want to
talk to for the duration of your conversation.
STUDIO
1
STUD
ONSTUDIO
2
STUD
ON-
STUD
ONSTUDIO
3
PUSH
4
5
7
MICROPHONE
ALL
STUDIOS
8
2
MIC
LEVEL
DELA
6
3
MIC
STU
ON O
STUDIO
4
1
9
0
10
TALKBACK
LEVEL
TALKBACK
SELECT
TALKBACK
Fig 2-6 : Front Panel Talkback Switches & Mic Input.
Note : A standard talkback panel is available for insertion into the Sonifex Sovereign
mixer which has five talkback switches for communication with 3 other studios, all
studios or the Station Master unit.
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Delay and Dump Control
Station Master can be used to control a single profanity delay unit from the multiple studios
connected to it. Please note that Station Master does not actually contain a profanity delay.
The unit has two relay controls, Delay and Dump, which should be connected to the
profanity unit from the 9 pin D-type on the rear of the Station Master.
Each studio should then be connected to a Dump and Delay switch mounted on the mixing
console. For each studio, connect Dump and Delay switches to pins 4 and 5 respectively of
the “Controls In/Out” connectors. Pins 17 and 18 can be used to power the Dump and Delay
lamps respectively.
When a presenter enters a studio and wants to operate in delay, he should ensure that the
Delay lamp is illuminated. If it isn’t, then the Delay button should be pressed. When the
Delay button is pressed in a studio, a permanent contact closure is enabled between the
Station Master and the delay unit and the Delay lamp illuminates. This indicates that the
delay unit has been primed (however, it may be some time before the delay has actually
been built up to the full quoted duration - see your delay unit’s technical literature). Pressing
the Delay button again will take the delay unit out of operation
If the presenter wants to dump the current on-air audio (for example, if a telephone caller
starts swearing), he should press the Dump button. When the Dump button is pressed,
a 0.5 second pulse is sent to the Dump input of the profanity delay, so that the current
broadcast is discarded (the amount of audio discarded is controlled by your profanity delay).
The Dump lamp illuminates for 0.5 seconds while this is happening. The presenter is then
immediately live as if the telephone caller had never sworn !
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In the following description of operation, it is assumed that a sampling profanity delay unit
is used which uses digital audio techniques to build up a delay of several seconds which can
be dumped all at once, or in several steps.
Note : The switch panel which operates with the Sonifex S2 mixer (S2-MTBS) has Delay/
Dump switch controls built into it.
External Inputs
Routing Of External Inputs
The Station Master can accept four stereo balanced inputs which can be distributed to
all of the four studios independently. To connect the external sources, use the following
connectors :
Audio inputs to the Station Master should be wired to the “External Inputs” connector on the
far left of the unit (looking at it from the rear). Phase, non-phase and screen connections are
provided for both left and right signals of each input.
Audio outputs to each studio are found on Pins 5 - 12 and Pins 18 - 25 on each of the Audio
In/Out 1 - 4 connectors. They all share a common screen on Pin 13.
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Altering the External Input Levels
The levels for each input can be altered by adjusting the small potentiometers hidden
beneath the holes on the front panel, underneath the “MONITOR SELECT” buttons for
EXT 1 - EXT 4 (See Fig 2-2). You’ll need a small flat-blade jeweller’s screw driver to turn the
potentiometers.
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Audio Connections
The 25 pin D-Type male (plug) audio connectors marked “AUDIO IN/OUT 1 - 4” are mounted
vertically on the rear panel below the “CONTROLS IN/OUT 1 - 4” connectors. All of them have
the same connection details.
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D-Type connectors found on the Station Master.
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Pin No.
TRX Left Phase input
2
TRX Right Phase input
3
Last Studio to Offer Left Phase output
4
Last Studio to Offer Right Phase output
5
External 1 Left Phase output
6
External 1 Right Phase output
7
External 2 Left Phase output
8
External 2 Right Phase output
9
External 3 Left Phase output
10
External 3 Right Phase output
11
External 4 Left Phase output
12
External 4 Right Phase output
13
0 Volts Analog (Screen)
14
TRX Left Non-Phase input
15
TRX Right Non-Phase input
16
Last Studio to Offer Left Non-Phase output
17
Last Studio to Offer Right Non-Phase output
18
External 1 Left Non-Phase output
19
External 1 Right Non-Phase output
20
External 2 Left Non-Phase output
21
External 2 Right Non-Phase output
22
External 3 Left Non-Phase output
23
External 3 Right Non-Phase output
24
External 4 Left Non-Phase output
25
External 4 Right Non-Phase output
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Audio In/Out 1 - 4
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Studio Controls
The Studio Control connectors are 25 pin D-Type female (socket) connectors mounted
vertically below the studio numbers 1 to 4 (1 to 2 for the SM24 model).
Note : the talkback connections for each studio’s control connector are different, so
please ensure that you are careful when using the details below.
Controls In/Out 1 & 2
Pins 2 - 10 are momentary make to 0V common Pin 14
Pins 15 - 22 are all open collector to 0V, current sink outputs
Controls In/Out 1
Controls In/Out 2
1
Volts +15V
Volts +15V
2
Offer Switch
Offer Switch
3
Accept Switch
Accept Switch
4
Delay Switch
Delay Switch
5
Dump Switch
Dump Switch
6
T/B Switch to studio 2
T/B Switch to studio 1
7
T/B Switch to studio 3
T/B Switch to studio 3
8
T/B Switch to studio 4
T/B Switch to studio 4
9
T/B Switch to Station Master
T/B Switch to Station Master
10
T/B Switch All
T/B Switch All
11
0 Volts Analog (Audio Common)
0 Volts Analog (Audio Common)
12
T/B Audio output to Studio 1
T/B Audio output to Studio 2
13
T/B Control output to Studio 1
T/B Control output to Studio 2
14
0 Volts common
0 Volts common
15
Offer Lamp
Offer Lamp
16
Accept Lamp
Accept Lamp
17
Delay Lamp
Delay Lamp
18
Dump Lamp
Dump Lamp
19
T/B Lamp for studio 2 switch
T/B Lamp for studio 1 switch
20
T/B Lamp for studio 3 switch
T/B Lamp for studio 3 switch
21
T/B Lamp for studio 4 switch
T/B Lamp for studio 4 switch
22
T/B Lamp for Station Master switch
T/B Lamp for Station Master switch
23
T/B Audio input from Studio 1
T/B Audio input from Studio 2
24
0 Volts Analog (Audio Common)
0 Volts Analog (Audio Common)
25
Case
0 Volts Analog (Audio Common)
0 Volts Analog (Audio Common)
(Mounted on chassis) N/C
N/C (Mounted on chassis)
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Controls In/Out 3 & 4
Pins 2 - 10 are momentary make to 0V common Pin 14
Pins 15 - 22 are all open collector to 0V, current sink outputs
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Pin No.
Controls In/Out 3
Controls In/Out 4
1
Volts +15V
Volts +15V
2
Offer Switch
Offer Switch
3
Accept Switch
Accept Switch
4
Delay Switch
Delay Switch
5
Dump Switch
Dump Switch
6
T/B Switch to studio 1
T/B Switch to studio 1
7
T/B Switch to studio 2
T/B Switch to studio 2
8
T/B Switch to studio 4
T/B Switch to studio 3
9
T/B Switch to Station Master
T/B Switch to Station Master
10
T/B Switch All
T/B Switch All
11
0 Volts Analog (Audio Common)
0 Volts Analog (Audio Common)
12
T/B Audio output to Studio 3
T/B Audio output to Studio 4
13
T/B Control output to Studio 3
T/B Control output to Studio 4
14
0 Volts common
0 Volts common
15
Offer Lamp
Offer Lamp
16
Accept Lamp
Accept Lamp
17
Delay Lamp
Delay Lamp
18
Dump Lamp
Dump Lamp
19
T/B Lamp for studio 1 switch
T/B Lamp for studio 1 switch
20
T/B Lamp for studio 2 switch
T/B Lamp for studio 2 switch
21
T/B Lamp for studio 4 switch
T/B Lamp for studio 3 switch
22
T/B Lamp for Station Master switch
T/B Lamp for Station Master switch
23
T/B Audio input from Studio 3
T/B Audio input from Studio 4
24
0 Volts Analog (Audio Common)
0 Volts Analog (Audio Common)
25
0 Volts Analog (Audio Common)
0 Volts Analog (Audio Common)
(Mounted on chassis)
(Mounted on chassis)
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Transmission Outputs
There are three XLR 3 pin plugs used for the electronically balanced transmission outputs.
The transmission output is simultaneously fed to both the stereo (LR) and mono outputs
Usually, these outputs will be connected to a processor/limiter before the signal is sent to
the transmitter. The connectors have the following pin details :
Pin No.
Transmission Outputs
Screen
2
Phase
3
Non-phase
Logging Outputs
Balanced Logging Outputs
There are three XLR 3 pin plugs used for the electronically balanced logging outputs.
The station output is simultaneously fed to both the stereo (LR) and mono outputs, so that a
professional logging machine such as the Sonifex Net-Log can be used to log the station
output. The connectors have the following pin details :
Pin No.
Balanced Logging Outputs
1
Screen
2
Phase
3
Non-phase
Unbalanced Logging Outputs
The unbalanced phono logging outputs are useful for connecting to domestic logging
machines, such as to DVD recorders. Three outputs have been provided so that three DVD-Rs can be used to record a longer duration. The connections are :
Pin No.
Tip
Ring
Unbalanced Logging Outputs
Phase
Non-phase
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Other Connectors
Mains Power
IEC Connector
Delay/Dump Control
The 9 Pin D-Type male (plug) connector provides the outputs for controlling a
profanity delay :
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Pin No.
20
Delay/Dump Control
1
Ground
2
N/C
3
Delay relay contact, normally closed
4
Dump relay, common contact
5
Dump relay contact, normally open
6
N/C
7
Delay relay, common contact
8
Delay relay contact, normally open
9
Dump relay contact, normally closed
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External Inputs
The 25 pin D-Type female (socket) connector provides the stereo balanced inputs for the
four external sources, with the following pins used :
External Inputs
1
Left phase input EXT 1
2
Left chassis ( screen ) input EXT 1
3
Right non-phase input EXT 1
4
Left phase input EXT 2
5
Left chassis ( screen ) input EXT 2
6
Right non-phase input EXT 2
7
Left phase input EXT 3
8
Left chassis ( screen ) input EXT 3
9
Right non-phase input EXT 3
10
Left phase input EXT 4
11
Left chassis ( screen ) input EXT 4
12
Right non-phase input EXT 4
13
N/C
14
Left non-phase input EXT 1
15
Right phase input EXT 1
16
Right chassis ( screen ) input EXT 1
17
Left non-phase input EXT 2
18
Right phase input EXT 2
19
Right chassis ( screen ) input EXT 2
20
Left non-phase input EXT 3
21
Right phase input EXT 3
22
Right chassis ( screen ) input EXT 3
23
Left non-phase input EXT 4
24
Right phase input EXT 4
25
Right chassis ( screen ) input EXT 4
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Monitor Output
The monitor output uses a pair of unbalanced phono connectors for the left and right
signal. These should be used if you want to distribute the transmission output through the
radio station by connecting these to a power amplifier. The connections are :
Pin No.
Tip
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Ring
Monitor Output
Phase
Non-phase
Monitor Insert
The left and right monitor insert connectors are ¼” ( 6.3mm ) jack sockets with the
following connections :
Pin No.
Tip
Ring
Sleeve
Monitor Insert
Phase
Non-phase
Screen
Speaker Output
The speaker outputs allow you to connect a pair of speakers directly to the Station Master,
for use, for example, in the station foyer. The connectors are quick connect spring loaded
lever terminals with two holes each for left and right pairs of speaker wires.
Talkback Microphone Input
The talkback microphone input on the front of the Station Master uses an XLR-3 female
balanced connector. It has the following connections :
Pin No.
Talkback Microphone Input
1
Screen
2
Phase
3
Non-phase
We recommend the use of a stub-neck microphone such as those made by Canford Audio
( STUB MIC NC, no 53-099 ).
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Headphones
The headphone socket on the front of the Station Master is ¼” ( 6.3mm ) jack socket suitable
for driving 600 ohm stereo headphones.
Pin No.
Tip
Headphones
Left Out
Ring
Right Out
Sleeve
Common
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4 Station Master Technical Specification
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Inputs/Outputs
Transmission Outputs: Balanced feed-through of transmission inputs via
relay contacts.
Mono Output: <75Ω electronically balanced.
Stereo Line Inputs: >20kΩ electronically balanced.
Stereo Line Outputs: <75Ω electronically balanced.
Professional Logging Outputs: <75Ω electronically balanced.
Domestic Logging Outputs: <75Ω unbalanced.
Monitor Speaker Outputs: 10 Watts into 8Ω.
Talkback Mic Input: >1.5kΩ electronically balanced.
Talkback Line Inputs: >10kΩ unbalanced.
Switch Inputs: Momentary closure to common.
Headphone Output: Drives 600 ohm headphones.
Lamp Outputs: Open Collector reference to common, sink 40mA
Voltage for lamps is supplied.
Frequency Response
Mic Input: 40Hz to 20kHz at -1dB, +0dB.
Line Inputs: 20Hz to 20kHz at -0.5dB, +0dB.
Noise (20Hz to 20kHz)
Mic Input E.I.N.: -128dB with 200Ω source.
Stereo Line Inputs: -96dB (ref. +8dB)
Connections Summary
For more detail of the connections, please refer to Section 3.
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Transmission Outputs: XLR 3 pin male (Balanced).
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Stereo Line External Inputs: 25 pin D-Type plug male.
Studio Line Inputs/Outputs: 25 pin D-Type plug male.
Studio Talkback & Controls: 25 pin D-Type socket female.
Talkback Mic Input: XLR 3 pin female (Balanced).
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Professional Logging Outputs: XLR 3 pin male (Balanced).
Phono sockets.
Monitor Speaker Outputs: Quick connect spring loaded lever terminals.
Headphones: ¼” Stereo jack socket.
Physical Specification
Dimensions: 13.5cm (3U)(H)x 48.3cm (19” Rack)(w) x 30cm (D)
Weight: 9.15 kgs
Equipment Type
SM24-VU: Station Master with switching and talkback for 2 studios, VU meters.
SM44-VU: Station Master with switching and talkback for 4 studios,
VU meters.
SM24-PPM: Station Master with switching and talkback for 2 studios, PPM meters.
SM44-PPM: Station Master with switching and talkback for 4 studios,
PPM meters.
SM2
Add on cards to upgrade from an SM24 to an SM44.
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5 Talkback Introduction
Talkback refers to the standard method of communication between broadcast studios. Each
studio has either a desktop, a rack-mount, or mixer-mounted intercom, usually containing a
row of switch buttons. Each switch buttons connects to another studio when pressed, and
routes the presenter audio to it.
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There are 4 products in the Sonifex Talkback Intercom range :
TB-6D
TB-6R
TB-SD
TB-SR
6 Way Talkback Intercom, desktop free standing
6 Way Talkback Intercom, 19” rack mounted
Station Master Talkback Intercom, desktop free standing
Station Master Talkback Intercom, 19” rack mounted
The TB-6D and TB-6R are general talkback interfaces which can be connected together to
form a talkback system. The TB-SD and TB-SR are talkback units which only operate when
connected to the Sonifex Station Master studio switcher.
Fig 5-1: TB-6D Talkback Intercom 6 Way Desktop & TB-SD Talkback Intercom Station Master Desktop.
Fig 5-2: TB-6R Talkback Intercom 6 Way Rack & TB-SR Talkback Intercom Station Master Rack.
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TB-6D & TB-6R 6 Way Talkback Intercom Overview
The TB-6D and TB-6R are used for general talkback between studios and use DC signalling,
also known as ground lifting or ground signalling, to communicate with each other. These
units can be installed in various locations throughout a studio complex and linked to one
another, with each unit being able to talkback to up to 6 others connected together. Most
other talkback systems in general operation also use DC signalling, so you should be able to
add these units into an existing installation.
Up to 7 locations or studios can communicate with each other. On each panel, there are
6 front panel buttons for talkback selection and 2 for external inputs. While a button is
pressed, the button lights up and the talkback is active to that location.
The buttons work with both a momentary and latched operation. If you simply press the
button, talkback will be on and can be cancelled by pressing the button again. If you press
and hold the button, the selection is cancelled when released. So, if you wanted to listen to
an external input, such as the radio station feed, or off-air monitor, you could simply press
the EXT 1 button. If you press a talkback button when the external input buttons are also
pressed, the external inputs can be either muted or mixed, depending on the setting of an
internal jumper.
The talkback outputs and input are balanced signals on a 15-way male ‘D’ type plug and the
talkback input can be adjusted from –28dB to 9dB using a rear panel preset pot.
You can speak to the separate locations using the onboard front-panel electret mic or there
is a separate external mic input on 3 pin XLR female, into which you can plug a suitable
gooseneck microphone. There is a rear panel switch to select between the electret and
separate input mic. The mic input gain range is adjustable via a rear panel preset pot
between 74dB and 53dB.
The unit can monitor two external sources. The EXT 1 input is a balanced stereo input on a
rear panel 9 pin D-type socket. The EXT 2 input is an unbalanced stereo input on the 9 pin
D-type socket as well as dual phono sockets. EXT 1 is useful for monitoring a distributed
signal, such as a radio tuner off-air feed, or an outside source routed from an ISDN codec.
EXT 2 is useful for monitoring a local source, such as a portable minidisc/flashcard recorder/
player, or the unbalanced soundcard output from a PC editing/playback package.
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The TB-6D and TB-6R are identical in operation, with the TB-6D used for desktop operation
and the TB-6R available as a 2U rack-mount, for use for example, in a central apparatus room
or central technical area.
If you already use a mixer which has a talkback input and output, or continuous talkback
output, or just a line level output which you want to use, by changing internal jumpers the
intercom can be configured to use these connections instead of the on-board microphone
and speaker/headphones. For example, if you have a mic channel on a mixer assigned to
talkback and the presenter is using headphones for monitoring the mixer talkback, the
Talkback Intercom can be used purely for talkback switching and for monitoring
external inputs.
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For monitoring, you can use either the built-in 1W loudspeaker, or headphones on 6.35mm
unbalanced stereo jack. The headphones provide 150mW into 32-600Ω headphones. When
the headphones are used, the speaker is automatically muted. Additionally, the monitor
speaker can be muted via a remote contact on the 9 pin D-type External Input connector, for
example, when used in an area with live microphones. Both monitor and headphone levels
are fully adjustable between 60dB and 9dB using the front panel volume control.
Example Application For TB-6D & TB-6R
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A typical application would be to distribute talkback and audio feeds around a radio or TV
studio complex, as in this diagram.
RECEPTION-AREA
TB-6D
TALKBACK
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT
EXT
1
INTERCOM
2
6
5
4
3
2
Talkback
EXT 1
MAIN ON-AIR STUDIO 1
Talkback
EXT 1
TB-6D or
TB-6D
TALKBACK
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT
1
EXT
INTERCOM
2
6
5
4
3
2
1
1
TB-6R
TB-6D
TALKBACK
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT 1
EXT 2
MIC
INPUT
INTERCOM
6
5
4
HEADPHONE
3
2
1
TB-6R
NEWS AREA
Portable MD/
Flashcard
Recorder/Player
Talkback
EXT 1
PRODUCTION STUDIO/ON-AIR
STUDIO 2
Talkback
EXT 1
TB-6D or
TB-6D
TALKBACK
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT
1
3
EXT
INTERCOM
2
5
6
4
2
1
TB-6R
TB-6D
TALKBACK
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT
EXT
1
TALKBACK
INTERCOM
2
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT 1
6
5
EXT 2
MIC
INPUT
INTERCOM
6
5
4
HEADPHONE
4
3
3
2
1
EXT 2
2
1
TB-6R
TB-6D
SALES AREA
CENTRAL TECHNICAL AREA
Talkback
TB-6R
TALKBACK
PC Soundcard
EXT 1
EXT 2
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT 1
EXT 2
3
1
INTERCOM
6
5
4
HEADPHONE
MIC
INPUT
TB-6R
2
Off-Air
Receiver
TB-6D
TALKBACK
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT
1
3
2
1
EXT
2
5
4
INTERCOM
6
Talkback
EXT 1
EXT 2
Outside
Sourcing,
eg. codec
TB-6D
Fig 5-3: Example Application For TB-6D & TB-6R.
The TB-6D and TB-6R units are daisy-chained from together from location to location and
the radio station output from an off-air receiver is distributed on input EXT 1 of each unit.
The EXT 2 input could be used in the news or sales area for monitoring local sources such as
a PC audio output. Linking the studios in this way allows all locations to talk to each other
together with the ability to monitor 2 external feeds, with independent control of monitor
muting and headphone/speaker levels.
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TB-SD & TB-SR Station Master Talkback Intercom Overview
These units are used for interfacing with the Sonifex Station Master studio switcher and are
similar to the 6 way talkback intercoms, except that the talkback routing and switching (DC
signalling) is handled by the Station Master.
All of the features regarding level control, use of the microphone, speaker, headphones,
volume control and external inputs are the same as for the TB-6D and TB-6R intercoms.
However, the TB-SD and TB-SR can be used to communicate with up to 4 other locations
(including the Station Master), or all of the locations by pressing the “ALL” button.
Example Application For TB-SD & TB-SR
Using the Station Master as the core of a complete studio air-switching, distribution and
talkback system, up to 4 studios can be connected using the TB-SD and TB-SR. A typical
application would be to distribute talkback and audio feeds around a small radio station, as
in this diagram.
RECEPTION-AREA
CENTRAL TECHNICAL AREA
MAIN ON-AIR STUDIO 1
Talkback
Talkback
TB-SD
MASTER
INTERCOM
STATION
TALKBACK
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT
1
EXT
2
4
3
ALL
2
TB-SD
EXT 1
TB-SD or
MASTER
INTERCOM
STATION
TALKBACK
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT
1
EXT
2
4
3
ALL
2
1
1
EXT 1
TB-SR
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT 1
STUDIO
1
STUDIO
2
STUDIO
ON-AIR
2
1
STUDIO
ON-AIR
5
3
STUDIO
ON-AIR
LEFT
6
7
1
MONITOR
INSERT
S
S
4
4
5
3
STUDIO
3
STUDIO
4
STUDIO
ON OFFER
3
5
6
2
1
MIC
LEVEL
MIC
HONE
MICROP
NEWS AREA/INPUT BOOTH
ALL
STUDIOS
7
8
K
0
K
TALKBAC
LEVEL
TALKBAC
SELECT
CK
TALKBA
2
1
DELAY
DUMP
4
SSION
TRANSMI
STATUS
TB-SR
RIGHT
7
2
STUDIO
ON-AIR
5
2
1
6
STUDIO
1 STUDIO
2 STUDIO
3 STUDIO
4
LEVEL
MONITOR
EXT 1
LR
EXT21
LR
EXT 3
LR
EXT 4
LR
6
4
5
7 3
8
1
0
MONITOR
LEVEL
0
PHONE
LEVEL
6
7
8
PHONES
MONITOR
SELECT
Station
Master
MD/Flashcard
Recorder/Player
PRODUCTION STUDIO/ON-AIR
STUDIO 2
Talkback
TB-SD or
TB-SD
MASTER
INTERCOM
STATION
TALKBACK
TB-SD
MASTER
INTERCOM
STATION
TALKBACK
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT
1
3
2
EXT
2
4
ALL
Talkback
EXT 1
EXT 2
TB-SD
ALL
3
2
1
4
EXT 2
4
HEADPHONE
RIGHT
3
4
3
LEFT
1
MIC
INPUT
MASTER
STATION INTERCOM
TALKBACK
TB-SD
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT
1
3
EXT
2
4
ALL
2
1
Off-Air
Receiver
EXT 1
TB-SR
MIC
INPUT
MASTER
STATION INTERCOM
TALKBACK
MONITOR
LEVEL
EXT 1
EXT 2
4
HEADPHONE
ALL
3
1
2
TB-SR
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Whereas the TB-6D and TB-6R have talkback outputs and input on a 15-way male ‘D’ type
plug, the TB-SD and TB-SR have instead a remotes socket consisting of a 25-way female ‘D’
type. This contains switch and indicator controls for the 4 talkback buttons together with
power and talkback input/output/control lines to and from the Station Master.
Fig 5-4: Example Application For TB-SD & TB-SR.
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The TB-SD and TB-SR intercoms are connected to the Station Master in a star pattern, with
the Station Master as the central hub and unbalanced point-to-point links from it to each
location. This setup could also be used for controlling on-air switching and for distribution
of the external inputs to the other locations.
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•
Provide talkback for up to 7 locations (for TB-6D and TB-6R).
•
Brightly lit push-to-talk buttons.
•
Momentary or latched buttons.
•
Built-in electret microphone, with input for external microphone.
•
Monitoring of 2 external inputs, e.g. for off-air receiver.
•
Auto muting, or mix, of external inputs.
•
Integrates with Sonifex S2 mixer and is compatible with other talkback systems.
Following are details on how the Station Master functions.
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Station Master Features
Two of the talkback intercoms link to the Sonifex Station Master. This is a 3U rack-mount
Sonifex product which combines into a single package all the black boxes required for audio
distribution, studio switching, talkback and monitoring for up to 4 studios.
Delay Control - A profanity delay can be controlled by the Station Master allowing you
to install just one delay unit that can be shared by your studios and used by the studio
currently on air.
Monitoring - The Station Master is fitted with either a pair of true PPM meters, or VU meters,
for monitoring up to 8 stereo sources. These sources consist of the connected studios and
four external sources such as news feeds or off air receivers. The audio can be monitored via
headphones or output through a power amplifier capable of driving 10W into 8Ω speakers.
There are also two ¼” jack insert points for using the Station Master to monitor from
a jack-field.
Audio Distribution - Station Master distributes the 4 incoming stereo signals to each of
the connected studios without the need for external distribution amplifiers. These signals,
such as off-air receivers, news feeds and outside broadcasts, can be professional balanced
inputs or at domestic unbalanced line levels. The gain of the incoming stereo signals can be
adjusted from the front panel. Distribution gain is controlled by a preset potentiometer.
Talkback - The Station Master’s talkback system acts as the master station for talkback
with 4 satellite systems. These can either be the connected studios or other locations such
as a record library or engineering workshop. Individual satellites can talk to each other or
broadcast to all stations.
Logging - To allow for logging of broadcasts the Station Master has a stereo balanced
output for professional logging equipment, together with 3 sets of phono unbalanced
outputs for connection to domestic VCR equipment.
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Studio Switching - Station Master accepts stereo audio feeds from up to 4 studios,
switching them individually to transmission using offer and accept operation. The output
of the current ‘on-air’ studio is distributed to the other studios via a dedicated bus, avoiding
the need for multiple studio distribution links. The output of the Station Master is provided
as a stereo pair or a mono feed of the stereo source. The studio switching is achieved using
latching relays and therefore retains its switch status in the event of power-failure.
Power Failure - In the event of a power failure to the Station Master, it will continue to route
the current on-air studio to the stereo transmission output. Also, when power is re-applied
to the Station Master, all switching, including the offer and accept switching, will instantly
re-initialise to the configuration when power was lost. This means that your on-air studio
can continue transmitting, even if power to the Station Master has failed.
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Station Master Talkback Operation and Connections
Station Master can route and control the talkback between up to 4 studios and the Station
Master itself (i.e. 5 talkback points). Each studio has the ability to have a row of five switch
buttons so that the presenter can talk to the other three studios, the Station Master, or all
studios, including the Station Master. So, for each studio, you’ll need to make the following
connections :
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Connect the talkback switches to pins 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 of the “Controls In/Out” connectors.
Pins 19, 20, 21 and 22 can be used to power the lamps for the switches. (When the T/B
Switch All button is pressed, all four lamps should be illuminated).
Note : The talkback connection details are slightly different for each studio - ensure that
you are connecting to the correct studio.
Connect the unbalanced audio input and output signals, together with the T/B control
output to the studio :
•
The T/B audio input (pin 23 of the “Controls In/Out” connector) should be connected
to the talkback output of the mixing desk in the studio.
•
The T/B audio output (pin 12 of the “Controls In/Out” connector) should be connected
to the talkback input of the mixing desk in the studio.
•
The T/B control signal (pin 13 of the “Controls In/Out” connector) should be routed
to the talkback control input of the mixing desk. When one of the talkback buttons
is pressed in a different studio, the talkback control signal closes to indicate to the
mixing desk that a talkback signal is being sent to it. The mixing desk is usually
configured to mix the talkback with the presenter’s headphones, so that the presenter
can hear the talkback being sent from another studio.
On the front of the Station Master are a set of switches for communication with the other
studios. There is also a TALKBACK LEVEL control for altering the level of the talkback received
from other studios to the in-built speaker.
A microphone can be plugged directly into the front of the Station Master for when
sending talkback to other studios. We recommend the use of a standard STUB, or gooseneck, microphone. The level of the microphone can be set by adjusting the MIC LEVEL
potentiometer using a small flat-bladed jeweller’s screwdriver.
To operate the talkback, simply press and hold the button for the studio that you want to
talk to for the duration of your conversation.
Note : A standard talkback panel is available for insertion into the Sonifex S2 mixer which
has five talkback switches for communication with 3 other studios, all studios or the
Station Master unit.
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TALKBACK
OUTPUTS/
INPUT
TB-6D & TB-6R
STATION
MASTER
REMOTES
TB-SD & TB-SR
2
TRX
3
3
4
4
TRX
ALL
5
R
EXTERNAL
INPUTS
J4
L
J5
J3
EXT2
T/BACK OUT
EXT INPUTS
MUTE
CONTROL
SWITCHING/
ROUTING
EXT1
T/BACK CTRL
T/BACK IN
MUTE
EXTERNAL
INPUT 2
TB-6D & TB-6R
TALKBACK
SWITCHES
TB-SD & TB-SR
TALKBACK
SWITCHES
6
AGC
MIC GAIN
T/BACK GAIN
J1
VOLUME
CONTROL
ELECTRET
MIC
EXT MIC
HEADPHONE
OUTPUT
MUTE
LOUDSPEAKER LOUDSPEAKER
DRIVER
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1
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Fig 5-5: Talkback Intercom System Block Diagram.
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Configuration & Controls
Front Panel Control Details
Information about all of the connections and controls located on the front of the
TB-6D units.
Monitor
External
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Loudspeaker
Power
LED
Level Control
For Loudspeaker
Monitor Or Phones
External
Select
Switch 1
Talkback Built In
Switches Electret Mic
Fig 6-1: TB-6D Front Panel.
Monitor Headphone
Loudspeaker
Output
Fig 6-2: TB-6R Front Panel.
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External
Select
Switch 2
Mic Input
Level Control
For Loudspeaker
Monitor Or Phones
Power
External
LED
Select
Talkback Switch 1
Switches
Built In
Electret Mic
External
Mic Input
External
Select
Switch 2
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Power LED Indicator
The power LED indicates that the equipment is powered and operational when illuminated.
Level Control for Monitor Loudspeaker and Headphones
This will alter the output level of either the top mounted monitor loudspeaker or the rear
mounted headphone output. Plugging in the headphones mutes the loudspeaker output.
External Select Switch 1
This selects and routes external input 1 to the headphones or loudspeaker.
Talkback Switches
While a button is pressed, the switch is illuminated and the talkback is active to that
location. The buttons work with both a momentary and latched operation (* see below).
If held down, the selection is cancelled when released, otherwise the button is alternate
action. When talkback is active, depending on the setting of Jumper 1, the external inputs
can be either muted or mixed.
* When headphones are not inserted, it’s not possible to latch the function of talkback
switches 1-6. The latch function will function as normal when headphones are inserted.
Similarly if the latched function is used with headphones inserted and they are then
removed, the unit will default back to non-latched operation.
Built in Electret Microphone
The built in microphone, fitted under the front panel, is used unless the external mic is
selected on the rear panel.
Monitor Loudspeaker
There is a 1W mono speaker output to hear talkback and external monitoring. The talkback
level is adjustable via the pot on the rear panel. The external input level is set internally.
The talkback and EXT 1 and EXT 2 output levels can be adjusted using the front panel level
control. The speaker can be muted via a remote on the external input connector when used
in an area with live microphones.
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External Select Switch 2
This selects and routes external input 2 to the headphones or loudspeaker.
External Microphone
The external microphone input is an XLR 3 pin connector on the top panel which allows
the fitment of a gooseneck microphone or other standard microphone. Selection for the
microphone input type is made on the back panel.
Pin 1: Screen.
Pin 2: Phase.
Pin 3: Non-phase
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Rear Panel Control Details
Information about all of the connections and controls located on the rear of the TB-6D units.
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CON FIGUR ATION & CON T ROLS
Talkback
Level
Mic
Level
Headphone Mic
External
Output Select
Input 2
External
Talkback
Input
Outputs/Input
Mains Fuse
Holder
Mains
Input
Fig 6-3: TB-6D Rear Panel.
Mic
Select
Headphone
Output
Mic
Level
External
Input 2
Mains Fuse
Holder
External
Mains
Input
Input
Talkback
Talkback
Level
Outputs/Input
Fig 6-4: TB-6R Rear Panel.
Headphone Output
This is a 6.35mm unbalanced stereo headphone jack providing a stereo audio output,
capable of driving 150mW into 32-600Ω headphones. Plugging in the headphones disables
the loudspeaker output.
Ring :
Tip :
Sleeve :
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Mic Select
This push-button switch selects the mic input :
Switch depressed (down) - External mic selected
Switch not depressed (up) - Internal mic selected
Adjusting the Microphone Gain Level
The Mic Level Preset Pot controls the level of the mic input signal. Use a jeweller’s
screwdriver to adjust the gain between 74dB and 53dB.
External Input 2
This is a dual phono socket, stereo unbalanced at domestic level in parallel with the 9 way
female ‘D’ type socket. These inputs are not used when pins 4 & 8 on the external inputs
connector are configured for talkback.
Inner :
Outer :
Phase
Screen
External Inputs & Mute Control
This is a 9-way female ‘D’ type socket used for accepting external inputs and the mute signal.
External input 1 is a balanced analogue stereo line level input with an impedance of > 40kΩ.
Pins 4 & 8 are dual purpose and configured by the internal jumpers. When the pins are used
as external input 2, or as talkback input/output they accept an unbalanced analogue stereo
domestic level input with an impedance of > 30kΩ.
If you already use a mixer which has a talkback input and output, or continuous talkback
output, or just a line level output which you want to use, by changing internal jumpers the
intercom can be configured to use these connections instead of the on-board microphone
and speaker/headphones. For example, if you have a mic channel on a mixer assigned to
talkback and the presenter is using headphones for monitoring the mixer talkback, the
Talkback Intercom can be used purely for switching and monitoring external inputs. See the
later section on “Local/External Talkback” for information on how to do this.
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Adjusting the Talkback Gain Level
The Talkback Level Preset Pot controls the level of the talkback input signal. Use a jeweller’s
screwdriver to adjust the gain between -28dB and 9dB.
The connector pin-out is as follows;
Pin 1:
Pin 2: Pin 3:
Pin 4:
Pin 5:
Pin 6:
Pin 7:
Pin 8:
Pin 9:
Talkback control output (active low)
Input 1 left phase
Input 1 right phase
Input 2 left OR Talkback in phase (see jumper settings)
Ground
Input 1 left non-phase
Input 1 right non-phase
Input 2 right OR Talkback out phase (see jumper settings)
Mute control (link to pin 5 for speaker mute)
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Talkback Input/Outputs
These use a 15-way male ‘D’ type plug for the six balanced talkback outputs and one
balanced talkback input, which all use DC signalling. These can interface with other Sonifex
S2 mixer talkback or intercom units as well as talkback panels in some other mixers, or
dedicated talkback systems.
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The connector pin-out is as follows;
Pin 1: Talkback 1 out phase.
Pin 2: Talkback 2 out phase.
Pin 3: Talkback 3 out phase.
Pin 4: Talkback 4 out phase.
Pin 5: Talkback 5 out phase.
Pin 6: Talkback 6 out phase.
Pin 7: Talkback in phase.
Pin 8: Ground.
Pin 9: Talkback 1 out non-phase.
Pin 10: Talkback 2 out non-phase.
Pin 11: Talkback 3 out non-phase.
Pin 12: Talkback 4 out non-phase.
Pin 13: Talkback 5 out non-phase.
Pin 14: Talkback 6 out non-phase.
Pin 15: Talkback in non-phase.
Fuse Holder
Fitted with a single 1 amp anti-surge fuse.
Mains Input
The power supply is connected via an IEC Connector (85V - 264V, 47-63Hz AC operation).
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Internal Jumper Configuration
The talkback intercom can be configured in a number of ways depending on the way in
which the jumpers are set. The standard options are;
•
Mix or mute external inputs when talkback is active.
•
Select local or external (via external inputs connector) talkback.
Summary of Jumper Settings for the Talkback Unit
Jumper
Effect
J1
1&2
None
J2
-
J3
1&2
None
Set when local talkback is used
Set when external talkback is used
J4
1&2
2&3
Pin 4 on External Inputs connector is external input 2 left
Pin 4 on External Inputs connector is talkback input
J5
1&2
2&3
Pin 8 on External Inputs connector is external input 2 right
Pin 8 on External Inputs connector is talkback output
External inputs are muted when talkback is active
External inputs are mixed when talkback is active
Reserved
Note: Options in bold are set as default when shipped.
T B -6 D & T B -6R TALKBACK INTERCO M
CON FI G U R ATION & CON TRO LS
Set over
Pins
Fig 6-5: TB-6D & TB-6R Board Layout.
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External Input Muting/Mixing
When the talkback is active, the external inputs can be either muted or mixed to the outputs
depending on the jumper settings. With J1 fitted the external inputs are muted when
talkback is active. With J1 not fitted the external inputs are mixed with the talkback
when active.
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Local/External Talkback
The talkback can be either local or external. When J4 is fitted over pins 1 & 2, pin 4 on the
external inputs remote connector is configured as external input 2 left. When J4 is fitted
over pins 2 & 3, pin 4 on the external inputs remote connector is configured as the talkback
input.
In this case, talkback input means the talkback input to the internal system, i.e. it is an actual
output on the 9 pin D-type connector, which could be the talkback input to the Sonifex S2
mixer control room monitor channel.
When J5 is fitted over pins 1 & 2, pin 8 on the external inputs remote connector is
configured as external input 2 right. When J5 is fitted over pins 2 & 3, pin 8 on the external
inputs remote connector is configured as the talkback output.
In this case, the talkback output is to the internal system, but on the connector appears
as a talkback input, e.g. when the talkback output comes from another source other than
the built in microphone or external microphone connector. This could be, for example, the
talkback output from the Sonifex S2 mixer control room monitor channel, or a continuous
talkback output from any other mixer.
In this case J3 must also be not fitted, so that the internal mic, or connected mic are not
used. If J3 is fitted, the mic will be mixed over the incoming talkback signal.
Below is an example of using the external talkback by connecting the unit to an S2 mixer via
the control room monitor module. The following connections are made to the module via
the external inputs connector on the rear panel:
Pin 1:
Pin 2:
Pin 3:
Pin 4:
Pin 5:
Pin 6:
Pin 7:
Pin 8:
Pin 9:
Connect to “Ring” on the talkback input jack.
As required.
As required.
Connect to “Tip” on the talkback input jack.
Ground (connect to screens).
As required.
As required.
Connect to “Tip” on the talkback output jack.
As required.
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CON FI G U R ATION & CON TRO LS
Fig 6-6: Connecting The Talkback Intercom To The Sonifex S2 Mixer Output Module (S2-OMC).
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TB6 Interconnection Wiring Diagram
Example Situations
This coniguration applies to TB-6D, TB-6R,
S2-TBS units.
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9
8
1
15
9
8
1
Studio 1
If the TB-6D or TB-6R units are to be used in a
live microphone situation, the mute signals
(pins 5 & 9) on the external inputs connector
must be connected to the relevent mic live
mute controls signals.
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Studio 2
Racks Room
News Booth
Sales Office
Reception
Common chassis ground
Twisted pair cable
News Room
Fig 6-7: Interconnection Diagram.
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7 TB-SD & TB-SR Station Master Talkback Intercom
Configuration & Controls
Front Panel Control Details
Information about all of the connections and controls located on the front of the
TB-SD units.
Monitor
External
Loudspeaker
Mic Input
Level Control
For Loudspeaker
Monitor Or Phones
External
Select
Switch 1
External
Select
Switch 2
Talkback Built In
Switches Electret Mic
Fig 7-1: Front Panel Controls for TB-SD.
Monitor Headphone
Loudspeaker
Output
Fig 7-2: Front Panel Controls for TB-SR.
Level Control
For Loudspeaker
Monitor Or Phones
Power
External
LED
Select
Talkback Switch 1
Switches
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Electret Mic
External
Mic Input
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Power
LED
External
Select
Switch 2
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Power LED Indicator
The power LED indicates that the equipment is powered and operational when illuminated.
Level Control for Monitor Loudspeaker and Headphones
This will alter the output level of either the top mounted monitor loudspeaker or the rear
mounted headphone output. Plugging in the headphones will disable the loudspeaker
output.
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External Select Switch 1
This selects and routes external input 1 to the headphones or loudspeaker.
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External Select Switch 2
This selects and routes external input 2 to the headphones or loudspeaker.
Talkback Switches
While a button is pressed, the switch is illuminated and the talkback is active to that
location. The “ALL” button allows talkback to all 4 of the locations. The buttons work with
both a momentary and latched operation. If held down, the selection is cancelled when
released, otherwise the button is alternate action. When talkback is active, depending on
the setting of Jumper 1, the external inputs can be either muted or mixed.
Built in Electret Microphone
The built in microphone, fitted under the front panel, is used unless the external mic is
selected on the rear panel.
Monitor Loudspeaker
There is a 1W mono speaker output to hear talkback and external monitoring. The talkback
level is adjustable via the pot on the rear panel. The external input level is set internally.
The talkback and EXT 1 and EXT 2 output levels can be adjusted using the front panel level
control. The speaker can be muted via a remote on the external input connector when used
in an area with live microphones.
External Microphone
The external microphone input is an XLR 3 pin connector on the top panel which allows
the fitment of a gooseneck microphone or other standard microphone. Selection for the
microphone input type is made on the back panel.
Pin 1: Screen.
Pin 2: Phase.
Pin 3: Non-phase
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Rear Panel Control Details
Information about all of the connections and controls located on the rear of the
TB-SD units.
Talkback
Level
Station Master
Remotes
External
Input
Mains Fuse
Holder
Mains
Input
Fig 7-3: TB-SD Rear Panel.
Mic
Select
Headphone
Output
External
Input 2
Mains Fuse
Holder
Mic
External
Mains
Level
Input
Input
Talkback Station Master
Level
Remotes
Fig 7-4: TB-SR Rear Panel.
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I N T E RCOM CON FIGUR ATIO N & CON TROLS
Mic
Level
Headphone Mic
External
Output Select
Input 2
Headphone Output
This is a 6.35mm unbalanced stereo headphone jack providing a stereo audio output,
capable of driving 150mW into 32-600Ω headphones. Plugging in the headphones disables
the loudspeaker output.
Ring :
Tip :
Sleeve :
Right
Left
Screen
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Mic Select
This push-button switch selects the mic input :
Switch depressed (down) - External mic selected
Switch not depressed (up) - Internal mic selected
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Adjusting the Microphone Gain Level
The Mic Level Preset Pot controls the level of the mic input signal. Use a jeweller’s
screwdriver to adjust the gain between 74dB and 53dB.
Adjusting the Talkback Gain Level
The Talkback Level Preset Pot controls the level of the talkback input signal. Use a jeweller’s
screwdriver to adjust the gain between -28dB and 9dB.
External Input 2
This is a dual phono socket, stereo unbalanced at domestic level in parallel with the 9 way
female ‘D’ type socket. These inputs are not used when pins 4 & 8 on the external inputs
connector are configured for talkback.
Inner :
Outer :
External Inputs & Mute Control
This is a 9-way female ‘D’ type socket used for accepting external inputs and the mute signal.
External input 1 is a balanced analogue stereo line level input with an impedance of > 40kΩ.
Pins 4 & 8 are dual purpose and configured by the internal jumpers. When the pins are used
as external input 2, or as talkback input/output they accept an unbalanced analogue stereo
domestic level input with an impedance of > 30kΩ.
If you already use a mixer which has a talkback input and output, or continuous talkback
output, or just a line level output which you want to use, by changing internal jumpers the
intercom can be configured to use these connections instead of the on-board microphone
and speaker/headphones. For example, if you have a mic channel on a mixer assigned to
talkback and the presenter is using headphones for monitoring the mixer talkback, the
Talkback Intercom can be used purely for switching and monitoring external inputs. See the
later section on “Local/External Talkback” for information on how to do this.
The connector pin-out is as follows;
Pin 1:
Pin 2: Pin 3:
Pin 4:
Pin 5:
Pin 6:
Pin 7:
Pin 8:
Pin 9:
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Phase
Screen
Talkback control output (active low)
External input 1 left phase
External input 1 right phase
External input 2 left OR Talkback in phase (see jumper settings)
0V Analogue (Input 2 Common)
External input 1 left non-phase
External input 1 right non-phase
External input 2 right OR Talkback out phase (see jumper settings)
Mute control (link to pin 1 for speaker mute)
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Station Master Remotes
This is a 25-way female ‘D’ type socket used for connecting to the Talkback connector on a
Sonifex Station Master. The connector pin-out is as follows:
Fuse Holder
Fitted with a single 1 amp anti-surge fuse
Mains Input
The power supply is connected via an IEC Connector (85V - 264V, 47-63Hz AC operation).
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Pin 1: +15V Input from Station Master (indicator supply)
Pin 2: N/C.
Pin 3: N/C.
Pin 4: N/C.
Pin 5: N/C.
Pin 6: Talkback 1 switch.
Pin 7: Talkback 2 switch.
Pin 8: Talkback 3 switch.
Pin 9: Talkback 4 switch.
Pin 10: Talkback all switch.
Pin 11: 0V Analogue (audio common).
Pin 12: Talkback input from Station Master talkback out.
Pin 13: Talkback control input.
Pin 14: 0V Analogue (switch common).
Pin 15: N/C.
Pin 16: N/C.
Pin 17: N/C.
Pin 18: N/C.
Pin 19: Talkback 1 indicator.
Pin 20: Talkback 2 indicator.
Pin 21: Talkback 3 indicator.
Pin 22: Talkback 4 indicator.
Pin 23: Talkback output to Station Master talkback input.
Pin 24: 0V Analogue (audio common).
Pin 25: 0V Analogue (audio common).
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Internal Jumper Configuration
The Talkback Intercom can be configured in a number ways depending on the way in which
the jumpers are set. The standard options are;
•
Mix or mute external inputs when talkback is active.
•
Local or external (via external inputs connector) talkback.
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Summary of Jumper Settings for the Talkback Unit
Jumper
Set over
Pins
J1
1&2
None
J2
-
J3
1&2
None
Set when local talkback is used
Set when external talkback is used
J4
1&2
2&3
Pin 4 on External Inputs connector is external input 2 left
Pin 4 on External Inputs connector is talkback input
J5
1&2
2&3
Pin 8 on External Inputs connector is external input 2 right
Pin 8 on External Inputs connector is talkback output
Effect
External inputs are muted when talkback is active
External inputs are mixed when talkback is active
Reserved
Note: Options in bold are set as default when shipped.
Fig 7-5: TB-SD & TB-SR Board Layout.
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External Input Muting/Mixing
When the talkback is active the external inputs can be either muted or mixed to the outputs
depending on the jumper settings. With J1 fitted the external inputs are muted when
talkback is active. With J1 not fitted the external inputs are mixed with the talkback when
active.
In this case, talkback input means the talkback input to the internal system, i.e. it is an actual
output on the 9 pin D-type connector, which could be the talkback input to the Sonifex S2
mixer control room monitor channel.
When J5 is fitted over pins 1 & 2, pin 8 on the external inputs remote connector is
configured as external input 2 right. When J5 is fitted over pins 2 & 3, pin 8 on the external
inputs remote connector is configured as the talkback output.
In this case, the talkback output is to the internal system, but on the connector appears
as a talkback input, e.g. when the talkback output comes from another source other than
the built in microphone or external microphone connector. This could be, for example, the
talkback output from the Sonifex S2 mixer control room monitor channel, or a continuous
talkback output from any other mixer.
In this case J3 must also be not fitted, so that the internal mic, or connected mic are not
used. If J3 is fitted, the mic will be mixed over the incoming talkback signal.
Below is an example of using the external talkback by connecting the unit to an S2 mixer via
the control room monitor module. The following connections are made to the module via
the external inputs connector on the rear panel:
Pin 1:
Pin 2:
Pin 3:
Pin 4:
Pin 5:
Pin 6:
Pin 7:
Pin 8:
Pin 9:
Connect to “Ring” on the talkback input jack.
As required.
As required.
Connect to “Tip” on the talkback input jack.
Ground (connect to screens).
As required.
As required.
Connect to “Tip” on the talkback output jack.
As required.
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I N T E RCOM CON FIGUR ATIO N & CON TROLS
Local/External Talkback
The talkback can be either local or external. When J4 is fitted over pins 1 & 2, pin 4 on the
external inputs remote connector is configured as external input 2 left. When J4 is fitted
over pins 2 & 3, pin 4 on the external inputs remote connector is configured as the
talkback input.
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Fig: 7-6: Connecting The Talkback Intercom To The Sonifex S2 Mixer Output Module (S2-OMC).
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T E C HNI C AL SP ECIFIC ATION
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8 Talkback Intercom Technical Specification
Audio & Power Specification
Value
Talkback Input/Outputs
15-way male ‘D’ type plug (TB-6D & TB-6R) for 6
balanced talkback outputs and 1 balance talkback
input.
Talkback Input Gain Range
9dB to -28dB adjusted by rear panel preset pot.
External Inputs & Mute
9-way female ‘D’ type socket, for stereo balanced
external input 1, stereo unbalanced external input 2
(or external talkback input/output), talkback control
output and mute input.
External Input 2
Dual phono socket, stereo unbalanced in parallel
with the 9 way female ‘D’ type socket.
External Inputs Impedance
> 30kΩ (unbalanced).
> 40kΩ (balanced).
> 30kΩ (unbalanced).
External Talkback Input
Impedance
External Talkback Output
Impedance
< 80Ω (unbalanced).
External Microphone Input
3 pin female XLR socket.
Mic Input Impedance
1.5kΩ balanced.
Microphone Input Gain Range
74dB to 53dB adjusted by rear panel preset pot.
Headphone Output
6.35mm jack, unbalanced stereo capable of driving
150mW into 32-600Ω headphones.
Headphone Output Gain Range
9dB to <-60dB (off ) adjusted by front panel pot.
Station Master Remotes
25-way female ‘D’ type socket (TB-SD & TB-SR).
Loudspeaker power
1W.
Mains Input Power
IEC, 85V - 264V AC, 47-63Hz, max 10W.
Fuse Holder
1A anti-surge fuse.
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Physical Specification
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Order
Code
Description
Height
Width
Depth
Total
Nett
Weight
Total
Gross
Weight
TB-6D
TB-SD
Talkback
intercom
desk units
6.1cm
22cm
17.0cm
1.25kg
2.0kg
TB-6R
TB-SR
Talkback
intercom,
19” rack
mounted
8.9cm
(2U)
48.3cm
(19” rack)
18.5cm
2.60kg
4.0kg
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