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Subject: Latency (WAS: axia/wheatstone)
From: Willie Barnett <wbradiolists@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 May 2017 10:31:59 -0400
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When I first installed our digital Moseley STL in 2012, that was a problem for our on-air staff, as well. The only workaround that I know of, is to build an analog "sidechain" audio processing system, exclusively for the headphone audio monitor system.

the way I configured ours, was to use relays, which are controlled by the on-air mic tally light circuit. When the mics are off, the audio is routed from the modulation monitor to all systems. When the mic is on, the sidechain is switched-in.

I'm using a simple Symetrix 525 to "process" the audio, so that they can hear a compressed feed that *resembles* the on-air processing. This allows for MUCH better-sounding talkovers over music, because they can achieve a better voice/music balance. :)

Before I had this system in place, (for just a couple weeks) they simply switched monitor sources from AIR to PRG... but couldn't get the right voice/music balance that way.

For a minimal investment in gear and a few hours to homebrew the switching system (surely, prefab systems exist) it has been paying great dividends ever since! :)

It will become more of a challenge, tho, when the time comes to replace our aging analog board with a digital one, because of the latency in the board, itself... but I'll cross that bridge when we get to it. :)

I'll comment more about the proposed Axia board in another post. :)


On Thu, May 11, 2017 at 11:42 AM, Allard, Mark G <MGAllard@unwsp.edu> wrote:
Latency has been an issue for us - especially for me.
Analog audio is lightning fast compared to 48KHz sampled stuff.
Once upon a time, the operator could listen to off air under headphones while broadcasting.  Now, I can barely listen to the output of the mic processor without sounding like I'm in a barrel.  :o(
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