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tiff1967
09-03-2005, 06:32 AM
We cover local sports and are looking for any help with our announcing staff.
We have 3 announcers and are looking for a easy way with out tons of cables to take there headsets which come with male xlr and male phone ends and send them into the tricaster and have audio sent back to them for headsets. Does anyone know of or use a small breakout box that would take 3+ XLR inputs & 3 Phone inputs and then be able to send the XLR output to the tricaster?

Thanks for your help :bangwall:

StephenW
09-03-2005, 08:23 AM
Hi tiff1967-

The cheapest way is to fabricate them yourselves. If you don't know anyone start at your local Radio Shack and ask around.

Markertek will also fabricate breakout boxes. http://markertek.com

We were lucky and had an engineer who made breakout and 1 RU base. Each breakout carries video, audio, power, headsets comm and finally a tally light that is not yet (ever? please?) an available Tricaster option.

You can see our rackmount and breakout boxes in windows media video here: http://mvtv.org/setup.wmv

Note: I just ripped the entire rack apart and an rebuilding, stay tuned...

Tarheel Cougar
09-03-2005, 10:32 AM
We cover local sports and are looking for any help with our announcing staff.
We have 3 announcers and are looking for a easy way with out tons of cables to take there headsets which come with male xlr and male phone ends and send them into the tricaster and have audio sent back to them for headsets. Does anyone know of or use a small breakout box that would take 3+ XLR inputs & 3 Phone inputs and then be able to send the XLR output to the tricaster?

Thanks for your help :bangwall:

It boils down to how much money are you willing to spend?

The simplest solution that comes to me is why not get a small, low-cost 3 channel mixer to keep next to your talent? Most mixers have a headphone out, where you can get a splitter box and plug the announcer headsets into that (they can hear each other this way but not the tricaster program out). It does place a little more of a burden on your talent to adjust levels, but once they set the levels they should'nt have to touch it again (because you can ultimately control them with the Tricaster mixer). You could also use 2 stick mics at the same time if you wanted to for crowd, a standup, or an interview. For about $100, check out this one (http://www.markertek.com/Product.asp?baseItem=MXB1002&cat=AUDIOEQUIP&subcat=AUDIOMIXER&prodClass=AMIXPASSIV&mfg=&search=0&off=), it has a vu meter, can be battery operated, but I don't if it has phantom power. (We have used a similar setup with a Mackie, great mixer but pricier). This mixer has RCA and 1/4" outs that you can connect to your tricaster (You probably only need one 1/4" cable). If your talent needed to hear the true program out, run one cable back to the talent from your deck and use a headphone splitter box. That's two cables to the Tricaster.


If you want to spend a little more than that, just run a snake to wherever your talent is, and use an external mixer at the Tricaster end. Here's a 12 channel snake (http://www.markertek.com/SearchProduct.asp?item=SIG%2D12Q%2D50&off=1&sort=prod) that gives you a little room to grow, you can get 200' for $250. This puts no burden on your talent and gives you the flexibility to add more inputs if needed -- we run talent headsets, stick mics, wireless mics, shotguns, house PA, and other various things through our snake that is well labeled so the talent know where to plug in their headsets. For our tricaster, we have taken a Portacom intercom system where we use one channel for the camera operators and the other for an announcer talkback system that works fairly decently. Of course, at the top of the list is when we use our big truck we also run a snake to the talent but use Clearcom announcer talkback boxes (they are great).

I'm sure I could come up with some other ideas, if this is what you have in mind. I've about seen it all as far as sports go. (I've definately seen the bottom!)

tiff1967
09-03-2005, 11:59 AM
Those ideas will help us a lot

Thanks :thumbsup:

JumboCast
09-03-2005, 03:16 PM
I wholeheartedly recommend the Behringer mixers -- they're fabulous at their price point. (Out of the Behringer's sole "phones" jack, we also use a little 4-way Rolls headphone mixer, which is, um, inexpensive.) And I know I'm just one button or knob on the Behringer away from figuring out how to feed the TriCaster program data into a "cue"-type of channel on the mixer, so that non-mic'ed program content can be heard by the talent. This button? Nope. What about this one? ****.

Steve Clay
JumboCast

StephenW
09-03-2005, 03:39 PM
This is probably what you need. http://www.markertek.com/SearchProduct.asp?item=MP13&off=3&sort=prod

Plug a mic on your end (looks like you would need a switchable mic) and run a Telex or whatever to your talent. We make the run through our audio snake.