With the Studio Technologies announcer stations, it is easy to
have an interuptable foldback channel for the announcers to listen
to and a separate output for talking privately to the studio.
They have separate input and outputs for the foldback/COM.
Since the Comrex Access has bi-directional audio (you need one
at the studio and one at the remote), you can send announcer mix
to the studio and a separate COM channel to the studio and then
return a full program feed and a separate IFB/AUX mix feed (or mix
minus if your console has that sophistication) to the announcer
stations, using the separate left-right channels.
You will need to use an AUX mix from the local audio mixer for
the return IFB feeds and then the announcer boxes mix out the
individual talent mic (actually, there is an adjustment for
balance). If you use a program mix from the studio, there will be
a delay and you cannot mix out the talent through the announcer
station. So you might have an Aux mix return with just playback
and studio talent.
The Studio Technologies announcer boxes are not very portable.
So if your Spotter is mobile, you'll need to come up with a
wireless solution. I bought a used ClearCom Tempest 900MHz system
off eBay with 4 beltpacks for $1200 (note: there are cheaper
systems like Freespeak but they are not very robust). You then
put the spotter on a wireless mic and the program feed goes to the
Tempest input for background audio and IFB. However, you
definitely need a mix-minus (or separate aux mix) so the Spotter
doesn't hear themselves in the system because of the delay through
both the Tempest and the Comrex. It is hard to talk with even as
little as 100 mS delay!
I am sure that is all very confusing but I am sure you'll be able
to work through what I am talking about.
I am sure this will eat up $12K very quickly. Just make sure you
have lots of spare headsets!
On 11/9/2018 12:13 PM, Tim Roberts
That would be ideal. Looks like there could be up to $12,000
available for equipment purchases from various booster club